Over Clocked

Over Clocked

Stories of the Future Present

Paperback - 2007
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to get bitten by a zombie? To live through a bioweapon attack? To have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mindbending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology -- and its various uses -- run amok. "Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins" -- systems administrators -- as they defend the cyber-world, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies, too.
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781560259817
1560259817
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 21 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Jul 01, 2011

Read a review here: http://cclblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/ive-been-cyberpunkd/

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Adzebill
Jun 22, 2011

Doctorow may not care as much about characterisation, but few SF authors are as good at him at taking present-day issues and extrapolating to soon-to-come social and ethical changes.

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bootlegga
Jun 14, 2010

A collection of very good short stories by Doctorow, who is fast becoming a top notch author (and he's Canadian as well).

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Benzyne
Nov 29, 2009

Doctorow's forte is definitely his short stories. I find his novels to be too stretched and dull compared to his excellent short stories, which are consistently creative and vibrant.

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