Technology and Society

While relatively short (my guess is that Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom clocks in at around 55,000 words), Doctorow packs a lot of action into this book. For those of you who are familiar with the technologies he describes, you’ll find the early going familiar, easy reading. For those of you who aren’t familiar with reputation capital or ad-hoc organizations, don’t worry: the exposition is handled well enough that you’ll understand everything in due course.