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BERKELEY ARTS & LETTERS: Cory Doctorow / Radicalized
March 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$12 – $48
Berkeley Arts & Letters presents New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and co-editor of BoingBoing Cory Doctorow for his new book Radicalized, a collection of four new, urgent sci-fi novellas of America’s present and future from one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation.
Please note: This event is ticketed, and will take place at Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. Tickets, including discounted book bundles, are available in advance here. Unless otherwise noted here, general admission tickets will be available at the door.
Connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future, the stories are:
“Unauthorized Bread” is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper.
In “Model Minority”, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectifiy the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless…only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims.
“Radicalized” is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife’s terminal cancer.
The fourth story, “Masque of the Red Death”, harkens back to Doctorow’s Walkaway, taking on issues of survivalism versus community.
Praise for Walkaway
“Is Doctorow’s fictional utopia bravely idealistic or bitterly ironic? The answer is in our own hands. A dystopian future is in no way inevitable; Walkaway reminds us that the world we choose to build is the one we’ll inhabit. Technology empowers both the powerful and the powerless, and if we want a world with more liberty and less control, we’re going to have to fight for it.” — Edward Snowden
“The darker the hour, the better the moment for a rigorously-imagined utopian fiction. Walkaway is now the best contemporary example I know of, its utopia glimpsed after fascinatingly-extrapolated revolutionary struggle. A wonderful novel: everything we’ve come to expect from Cory Doctorow and more.” — William Gibson
“The Bhagavad Gita of hacker/maker/burner/open source/git/gnu/wiki/99%/adjunctfaculty/Anonymous/shareware/thingiverse/cypherpunk/LGTBQIA*/squatter/upcycling culture…zipped it down into a pretty damned tight techno-thriller with a lot of sex in it.” — Neal Stephenson
Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel Little Brother, and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His other YA novels include Pirate Cinema andHomeland (2013), the sequel to Little Brother. His adult novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Webs twenty-five influencers by Forbes Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
– Duration of event is subject to author’s preference.
– Signing and additional details coming soon.
– This event is all ages. RSVP is appreciated but not necessary.
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– If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Radicalized, and/or any of Cory’s books, order below and put your request in the comments field.