Bookmark: Cory Doctorow

I met Cory Doctorow once at a conference called Supernova in Washington DC back in the very early part of the ‘naughts.  It was actually about technology policy which is the fascinating thing about Cory Doctorow, talented and successful writer; he’s also quite an effective public advocate for a number of progressive 21st Century causes, including privacy and copyright reform.  He’s had an impressive public … Continue reading Bookmark: Cory Doctorow

Taking the Piss Out of the Hardy Boys

Another “I’m only bringing this up because I’m re-reading comic archives” post — this one about Kate Beaton’s Mystery Solving Teens characters.  Taking a somewhat staid cultural item, whether it’s history or a fictional character or book and applying a veneer of knowing sarcasm over it is the bedrock of Beaton’s sense of humor.  She can also deftly point out the absurdities of the original … Continue reading Taking the Piss Out of the Hardy Boys

Kickstart My Art: Clang

Neal Stephenson is a geek legend at this point. I don’t think his first novel Snow Crash would have existed without William Gibson’s early novels coming first, but it’s just speculation on my part unless I get a chance to talk to either author.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Neal’s books and unlike some, I’ve liked each new one better then the last.  What some … Continue reading Kickstart My Art: Clang

Fiction Reading This Summer

I read a bunch of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels this summer, not really in order though.  It’s just a wonderful series, funny, but a coherent enough fantasy world that you care about the stories and the characters.  I wish I’d had these to read when I was a kid. I’ve also been reading John Scalzi’s novels lately.  He’s a fairly “lite-science” science fiction writer and pretty efficient at telling … Continue reading Fiction Reading This Summer

Neal Stephenson Enters the Googleplex

Neal Stephenson is an amazing processor of information.  I (like countless other fans of his work) am currently reading Anathem, his latest novel which tackles such myriad issues as religion, science, the long clock… I’m only 200 pages into a lengthy brick of a book.  So far it is living up to the amazing trilogy of his previous work, The Baroque Cycle books. If you … Continue reading Neal Stephenson Enters the Googleplex