Makers by Cory Doctorow

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Perry and Lester invent things: seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems. When Kodak and Duracell are broken up for parts by sharp venture capitalists, Perry and Lester help to invent the “New Work,” a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups. Together, they transform the nation and blogger Andrea Fleeks is there to document it.

Then it slides into collapse. The New Work bust puts the dot-bomb to shame. Perry and Lester build a network of interactive rides in abandoned Walmarts across the land. As their rides gain in popularity, a rogue Disney executive engineers a savage attack on the rides by convincing the police that their 3D printers are being used to make AK-47s.

Lawsuits multiply as venture capitalists take on a new investment strategy: backing litigation against companies like Disney. Lester and Perry’s friendship falls to pieces when Lester gets the fatkins treatment, which turns him into a sybaritic gigolo.

Then things get really interesting.

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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 July 23, 2010 by Tor Books. 597 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A strangely lifeless outing from Canadian author and blogger Doctorow.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this tour de force, Doctorow (Little Brother ) uses the contradictions of two overused SF themes—the decline and fall of America and the boundless optimi

Sep 07 2009 | Read Full Review of Makers

Book Reporter

Viewing modern American capitalism as an unsustainable mess of old business models restraining the new, Doctorow expects that the next great economic disaster of our time will come from our paradoxical realization that the old ways of making money are dead while refusing to loosen their strangleh...

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The Globe and Mail

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Cory Doctorow vividly imagines a high-tech (and happier) world in which smart, creative people can compete with Microsoft and Disney

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

So these days, when pundits and fans alarmed over the prospect of SF's demise want to point to a knight in shining prose who can defeat all the dragons besetting the genre and guide it to the Shining City on the Hill, they invariably point to Cory Doctorow.

Dec 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Makers

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Cory Doctorow Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Little Brother SF Site Review: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town SF Site Review: Eastern Standard Tribe SF Site Review: A Place So Foreign SF Site Review: Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom Many science fiction novels a...

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neuromancer, Â neuro-mancer.

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Wired

Now these two examples are pretty silly — something you do just to prove you can, but there’s also some stuff that shows up later in the book that made me think, “Hey, I’d buy one of those!” Parts of the book read like a “Best of Kickstarter” highlights reel.

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Strange Horizons

Self-replicating von Neumann machines, makers that make makers.

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