Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

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Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.

Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer "ad-hocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.

Now, though, it seems the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.

Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war: war for the soul of the Magic Kingdom, a war of ever-shifting reputations, technical wizardry, and entirely unpredictable outcomes.

Bursting with cutting-edge speculation and human insight, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom reads like Neal Stephenson meets Nick Hornby: a coming-of-age romantic comedy and a kick-butt cybernetic tour de force.
 

About Cory Doctorow

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CORY DOCTOROW is a coeditor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
 
Published February 1, 2003 by Tor Books. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In this time of endless luxury, and a ridiculously endless buffet of life choices, Disney World remains a primary tourist attraction, and its most ardent supporter is clueless protagonist Jules, who works there with girlfriend Lil.

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A lot of ideas are packed into this short novel, but Doctorow's own best idea was setting his story in Disney World, where it's hard to tell whether technology serves dreams or vice versa.

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BC Books

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Few science-fiction tropes have been done to death so thoroughly as the image of the future as an ultra-high-tech playground, in which human...

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Pajiba

Whuffie is the only currency left in this world, a way to gauge esteem and respect from anyone and everyone you come in contact with (everyone is able to give equal Whuffie, no matter how “broke” they might be), and anybody’s Whuffie is accessible instantly via neural Internet connections, person...

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SF Site

In this, Paul Di Filippo is right on the money when he identifies Doctorow as being aligned with the axis of serious jocularity (he could also have been describing himself.) The one big problem for the novel is that Julius obviously isn't a hundred and forty years old, he's an eternal twenty ...

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Posted on February 7, 2004 by John DeNardo in Book Review // 2 Comments.

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Austin Chronicle

"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is not for everyone," Rick Whitten-Klaw writes of Cory Doctorow's debut novel.

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Boomtron

In Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, our narrator Jules is over a century old and has died at least three times.

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