|Born||July 17, 1971|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genre||Science fiction, postcyberpunk|
Alice Taylor (m. 2008)
Cory Efram Doctorow (/
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Fiction
- 3 Nonfiction and other writings
- 4 Opinions on intellectual property
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 Awards
- 7 Bibliography
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Life and career
Doctorow was born in Toronto, Ontario. His father was born in a refugee camp in Azerbaijan. Although he is an admirer of acclaimed novelist E. L. Doctorow, the two are of no known relation, contrary to popular belief; the surname "Doctorow" is somewhat common among Jewish people of Eastern European descent. In elementary school, Doctorow befriended Tim Wu. He received his high school diploma from the SEED School, and attended four universities without attaining a degree.[not specific enough to verify] He later served on the board of directors for the Grindstone Island Co-operative in Big Rideau Lake in Ontario.
In June 1999, he co-founded the free software P2P company Opencola with John Henson and Grad Conn. The company was sold to the Open Text Corporation of Waterloo, Ontario, during the summer of 2003. The company used a drink called OpenCola as part of its promotional campaign.
Doctorow later relocated to London and worked as European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation for four years, helping to establish the Open Rights Group, before leaving the EFF to pursue writing full-time in January 2006. Upon his departure, Doctorow was named a Fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was named the 2006–2007 Canadian Fulbright Chair for Public Diplomacy at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, sponsored jointly by the Royal Fulbright Commission, the Integrated Media Systems Center, and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. The professorship included a one-year writing and teaching residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, United States. He then returned to London, but remained a frequent public speaker on copyright issues.
In 2009, Doctorow became the first Independent Studies Scholar in Virtual Residence at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He was a student in the program during 1993–94, but left without completing a thesis. Doctorow is also a Visiting Professor at the Open University in the United Kingdom. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from The Open University.
Doctorow married Alice Taylor in October 2008, and together they have one daughter named Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow, who was born in 2008. Doctorow became a British citizen by naturalisation on 12 August 2011.
In 2015, Doctorow decided to leave London and move to Los Angeles, feeling disappointed by London's "death" from Britain's choice of Conservative government. He claims on his blog, "But London is a city whose two priorities are being a playground for corrupt global elites who turn neighbourhoods into soulless collections of empty safe-deposit boxes in the sky, and encouraging the feckless criminality of the finance industry. These two facts are not unrelated." He rejoined the EFF in January 2015 to campaign for the eradication of digital rights management (DRM).
Other work, activism, and fellowships
He served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999.
Together with Austrian art group monochrom, he initiated the Instant Blitz Copy Fight project, which asks people from all over the world to take flash pictures of copyright warnings in movie theaters.
As a user of the Tor anonymity network for more than a decade during his global travels, Doctorow publicly supports the network; furthermore, Boing Boing operates a "high speed, high-quality exit node."
Doctorow began selling fiction when he was 17 years old and sold several stories followed by publication of his story "Craphound" in 1998.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Doctorow's first novel, was published in January 2003, and was the first novel released under one of the Creative Commons licences, allowing readers to circulate the electronic edition as long as they neither made money from it nor used it to create derived works. The electronic edition was released simultaneously with the print edition. In March 2003, it was re-released with a different Creative Commons licence that allowed derivative works such as fan fiction, but still prohibited commercial usage. It was nominated for a Nebula Award, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2004. A semi-sequel short story named Truncat was published on Salon.com in August 2003.
His novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, published in June 2005, was chosen to launch the Sci-Fi Channel's book club, Sci-Fi Essentials (now defunct).
Doctorow's other novels have been released with Creative Commons licences that allow derived works and prohibit commercial usage, and he has used the model of making digital versions available, without charge, at the same time that print versions are published.
His Sunburst Award-winning short story collectionA Place So Foreign and Eight More was also published in 2004: "0wnz0red" from this collection was nominated for the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
Doctorow released the bestselling novel Little Brother in 2008 with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike licence. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2009. and won the 2009 Prometheus Award, Sunburst Award, and the 2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Doctorow released another young adult novel, For the Win, in May 2010. The novel is available free on the author's website as a Creative Commons download, and is also published in traditional paper format by Tor Books. The book concerns massively multiplayer online role-playing games.
Doctorow's short story collection "With a Little Help" was released in printed format on May 3, 2011. It is a project to demonstrate the profitability of Doctorow's method of releasing his books in print and subsequently for free under Creative Commons.
In March 2019, Doctorow released Radicalized, a collection of four self-contained science-fiction novellas dealing with how life in America could be in the near future.
Nonfiction and other writings
Doctorow's nonfiction works include his first book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction (co-written with Karl Schroeder and published in 2000), and his contributions to Boing Boing, the blog he co-edits, as well as regular columns in the magazines Popular Science and Make. He is a contributing writer to Wired magazine, and contributes occasionally to other magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and the Boston Globe. In 2004, he wrote an essay on Wikipedia included in The Anthology at the End of the Universe, comparing Internet attempts at Hitchhiker's Guide-type resources, including a discussion of the Wikipedia article about himself.
Doctorow contributed the foreword to Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (The MIT Press, 2008) edited by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky. He also was a contributing writer for the book Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century.
He popularised the term "metacrap" by a 2001 essay titled "Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia." Some of his non-fiction published between 2001 and 2007 has been collected by Tachyon Publications as Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. In 2016 he wrote the article Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood-Hacker (published on MIT Technology Review) as a review of the TV show Mr. Robot and argued for a better portrayal and understanding of technology, computers and their risks and consequences in our modern world.
He is the originator of Doctorow's Law: "Anytime someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn't give you the key, they're not doing it for your benefit."
Opinions on intellectual property
Doctorow believes that copyright laws should be liberalised to allow for free sharing of all digital media. He has also advocated filesharing. He argues that copyright holders should have a monopoly on selling their own digital media and that copyright laws should not be operative unless someone attempts to sell a product that is under someone else's copyright.
Doctorow is an opponent of digital rights management and claims that it limits the free sharing of digital media and frequently causes problems for legitimate users (including registration problems that lock users out of their own purchases and prevent them from being able to move their media to other devices).
In popular culture
The webcomic 'xkcd' occasionally features a partially fictional version of Doctorow who lives in a hot air balloon up in the "blogosphere" ("above the tag clouds") and wears a red cape and goggles, such as in the comic "Blagofaire". When Doctorow won the 2007 EFF Pioneer Award, the presenters gave him a red cape, goggles and a balloon.
The novel Ready Player One features a mention of Doctorow as being the newly re-elected President of the OASIS User Council (with Wil Wheaton as his Vice-President) in the year 2044, saying that, "...those two geezers had been doing a kick-ass job of protecting user rights for over a decade."
The comedic role-playing game Kingdom of Loathing features a boss-fight against a monster named Doctor Oh who is described as wearing a red cape and goggles. The commentary before the fight and assorted hit, miss and fumble messages during the battle make reference to Doctorow's advocacy for Open-Source sharing and freedom of media.
- 2000 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
- 2004 Locus Award for Best First Novel for Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
- 2004 Sunburst Award for A Place So Foreign and Eight More
- 2006 Locus Award for Best Novelette for "I, Robot"
- 2007 Locus Award for Best Novelette for "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth"
- 2007 The Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award
- For Little Brother
- 2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award
- 2009 Prometheus Award
- 2009 Sunburst Award
- 2009 White Pine Award
- For Pirate Cinema
- For Homeland
In chronological sequence, unless otherwise indicated
- Down and out in the Magic Kingdom. Tor. 2003. ISBN 0-7653-0436-8.
- Eastern Standard Tribe. Tor. 2004. ISBN 0-7653-0759-6.
- Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Tor. 2005. ISBN 0-7653-1278-6.
- Little Brother. Tom Doherty Associates. 2008. ISBN 0-7653-1985-3.
- Makers. Tor. 2009. ISBN 0-7653-1279-4.
- For the Win. Tor. 2010. ISBN 0-7653-2216-1.
- The Rapture of the Nerds. Tor. September 2012. ISBN 0-765-32910-7.(with Charles Stross)
- Pirate Cinema. Tor. October 12, 2012. ISBN 0-7653-2908-5.
- Homeland. Tor. February 5, 2013. ISBN 978-0-7653-3369-8.
- Walkaway. Tor. April 25, 2017. ISBN 0-7653-9276-3.
- Radicalized. Tor. March 19, 2019. ISBN 9781250228581
- A Place So Foreign and Eight More. Four Walls Eight Windows. 2003. ISBN 1568582862.
- Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. Thunder's Mouth Press. 2007. ISBN 1560259817.
- With a Little Help. Cor-Doc Co. 2009. ISBN 9780557943050.
|Title||Year||First published in||Reprinted in|
|Craphound||1998||Science Fiction Age, March 1998||
|The Super Man and the Bugout||1998||DailyLit|
|Return to Pleasure Island||2000||Realms of Fantasy|
|0wnz0red||2002||?||A place so foreign and eight more. Four Walls Eight Windows. 2003. ISBN 1568582862.|
|Truncat||2002||?||The Bakka anthology. Bakka Books. 2002. ISBN 0973150831.|
|I, Row-Boat||2006||Flurb: a webzine of astonishing tales 1 (Fall 2006)||Overclocked: stories of the future present. Thunder's Mouth Press. 2007. ISBN 1560259817.|
|Scroogled||2007||Radar (Sep 2007)||With a little help. Cor-Doc Co. 2009. ISBN 9780557943050.|
|The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away||2008||Tor.com|
|When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth||2008||??||Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. Night Shade Books. 2008. ISBN 9781597801058.|
|True names (with Benjamin Rosenbaum)||2008||Anders, Lou, ed. (2008). Fast forward 2. Pyr. ISBN 9781591026921.||Kessel, John; Kelly, James Patrick, eds. (2012). Digital rapture: the singularity anthology. Tachyon. ISBN 9781616960704.|
|There's a great big beautiful tomorrow / Now is the best time of your life||2010||Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2010). Godlike machines. Science Fiction Book Club. ISBN 9781616647599.||Doctorow, Cory (2011). The great big beautiful tomorrow. PM Press. ISBN 9781604864045.|
|Clockwork Fagin||2011||Grant, Gavin J. and Link, Kelly, eds. (2011). Steampunk! Candlewick Press. ISBN 9780763660451|
|Chicken Little||2009||With a little help. Cor-Doc Co. 2009. ISBN 9780557943050.||Hull, Elizabeth Anne, ed. (2011). Gateways. Tor. ISBN 9780765326621.|
|The Man Who Sold The Moon||2014||Boing Boing|
|Car Wars||2016||Deakin University|
Not yet published
- Doctorow, Cory; Schroeder, Karl (2000). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction. Alpha. ISBN 0028639189.
- Doctorow, Cory; et al. (2002). Essential blogging. O'Reilly. ISBN 0596003889.
- Doctorow, Cory (February 1, 2004). "Ebooks : neither E, nor books". Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 2014-12-05. Paper for the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference, 2004.
- — (2005). "Wikipedia : a genuine H2G2, minus the editors". In Yeffeth, Glenn (ed.). The anthology at the end of the universe : leading science fiction authors on Douglas Adams' The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. BenBella. ISBN 9781932100563.
- — (2008). Content : selected essays on technology, creativity, copyright, and the future of the future. Tachyon. ISBN 9781892391810.
- — (2010). "You can't own knowledge". Freesouls. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- — (Jan 2010). "Close enough for rock 'n' roll". Locus (588): 29.
- — (2011). Context : further selected essays on productivity, creativity, parenting, and politics in the 21st Century. Tachyon. ISBN 9781616960483.
- — (2014). Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age. McSweeney's. ISBN 9781940450285.
- Doctorow, Cory (September 2, 2017). "Demon-Haunted World". Locus Online.
- "Cory Doctorow; USC Center on Public Diplomacy". Uscpublicdiplomacy.com. 1971-07-17. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- Doctorow, C. (2008). "Big data: Welcome to the petacentre". Nature. 455 (7209): 16–21. doi:10.1038/455016a. PMID 18769411.
- Laurie, B.; Doctorow, C. (2012). "Computing: Secure the Internet". Nature. 491 (7424): 325–326. Bibcode:2012Natur.491..325L. doi:10.1038/491325a. PMID 23151561.
- "Azeri "donkey video" bloggers arrested". 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
- "RIP, EL Doctorow".
- "RIP, EL Doctorow". 22 July 2015.
- Warnica, Richard (September 6, 2014). "Toronto superstar academic who coined 'net-neutrality' could be nominee for N.Y. lieutenant-governor". National Post.
- "Podcast: Shirky's Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic". Cory Doctorow's Craphound (Podcast). Retrieved 2011-07-31.
- According to this citation, Doctorow quit high school → Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2010), Godlike Machines, Garden City, New York: Science Fiction Book Club, p. 167, ISBN 978-1-61664-759-9
- Ian Steadman (13 April 2013). "Open source cola and the 'Napster moment' for the food business". Wired. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
It's called Open Cola, a product first produced by now-defunct Toronto software company Opencola as something of a joke. Taking inspiration from Richard Stallman's famous dictum that free software was "free as in speech, not as in beer", it was meant as a kind of promotional tool. The recipe was published online for anyone to take and adapt. Version 1.0 was published on 27 January 2001 -- the latest version is 1.1.3. Opencola closed in 2003, but Open Cola's recipe is still around.
- "2006 Award Recipients" (PDF). Royal Fulbright Commission web site. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
- Brock Read (2007-04-06). "A Blogger Infiltrates Academe". Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 53, Issue 31, Page A30. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
- "University of Waterloo: Scholar in Virtual Residence". University of Waterloo. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Conferment of Honorary Degrees and Presentation of Graduates" (PDF). www.open.ac.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "Little Brother UK edition signed!". BoingBoing. BoingBoing. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Cory Doctorow (2008-02-03). "Fine News". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
- Doctorow, Cory (29 June 2015). "Why I'm leaving London".
- "Cory Doctorow Rejoins EFF to Eradicate DRM everywhere". EFF.org. Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- "Instant Blitz Copy Fight web site". Retrieved 2008-02-09.
- "Instant Blitz Copy Fight on netzpolitik.org".
- Tapscott, Dan; Anthony D. Williams (2006). Wikinomics. Portfolio/Penguin Books. pp. 34–37. ISBN 978-1-59184-138-8.
- "This is What a Tor Supporter Looks Like: Cory Doctorow". The Tor Blog.
- Cory Doctorow to Keynote at The Eleventh HOPE Archived 2016-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2010), Godlike Machines, Garden City, New York: Science Fiction Book Club, p. 167, ISBN 978-1-61664-759-9
- "The Nebula Award Listing; Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award". Worldswithoutend.com. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
- "2004 Locus Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus Publications. September 3, 2004. Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- Cory Doctorow (August 27, 2003). "Truncat". Salon.
- "2004 Sunburst Award Winner". www.sunburstaward.org. The Sunburst Award Society. September 1, 2004. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- "2004 Nebula Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locusmag.com. April 17, 2004. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
- "Little Brother Blog". Craphound.com. April 28, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
- "AnticipationSF Hugo Nominees: Best Novel". www.anticipation.sf.ca. Anticipation: The 67th World Science Fiction Convention. January 31, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- "Libertarian Futurist Society". Lfs.org. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
- "2009 Winners: The Sunburst Awards". www.sunburstaward.org. The Sunburst Award Society. September 28, 2009. Archived from the original on December 2, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
- "2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus-Locus Publications. July 7–12, 2009. Archived from the original on November 24, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- "Cory Doctorow's Makers; Blog posts". Tor.com. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
- According to this citation, this work is about "greenfarming" → Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2010), Godlike Machines, Garden City, New York: Science Fiction Book Club, p. 167, ISBN 978-1-61664-759-9
- "Post publication progress report for "With a Little Help"". Craphound.com. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
- Cory Doctorow (October 19, 2009). "Doctorow's Project: With a Little Help". Publishers Weekly.
- Upcoming4.me. "Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross' Rapture of The Nerds cover art and summary reveal". Upcoming4.me. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "2013 Prometheus Winners Announced". www.lfs.org. Libertarian Futurist Society. July 20, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- "Cover for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother". Craphound.com. June 20, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Author Cory Doctorow to Speak at UC San Diego on Scarcity, Abundance and the Finite Planet". ucsdnews.ucsd.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
- "Revealing Radicalized, A New Book From Cory Doctorow". Retrieved 2019-03-27.
- "WorldChanging: User's guide for the 21st Century". 24 October 2006.
- "Metacrap". Well.com. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- Doctorow, Cory (7 December 2016). "Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood-Hacker". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Doctorow, Cory. "Freesouls - You Can't Own Knowledge".
- "Doctorow's Law: Who Benefits from DRM?". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "TOC 09: Digital Distribution and the Whip Hand: Don't Get iTunesed with your eBooks". O'Reilly. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
- "Digital Rights Management vs. the Inevitability of Free Content: Book Publishing, the Illusion of Piracy, and Giving the Customer What they Pay For". Simon Fraser University's Digital Publishing Workshop 2009. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "Submission to the Canadian Copyright Consultation". Industry Canada (www.ic.gc.ca). 4 September 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "Internet Crapshoot: How Internet Gatekeepers Stifle Progress". Internet Evolution. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- Doctorow, Cory (2004-12-12). "Steal This File Sharing Book – A–Z HOWTO for file-sharing". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- Doctorow, Cory. "The Internet is Not a Waffle Iron Connected to a Fax Machine". IAI. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Cory Doctorow at Cambridge Business Lectures". Video.google.com. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- Doctorow, Cory (2014-05-27). "Call for Speakers: Copycamp Warsaw, with Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Cory". boingboing.net (in Polish). Retrieved 2014-11-25.
- Doctorow, Cory (2014-12-16). "Cory Doctorow - CopyCamp 2014". Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska. Retrieved 2014-12-21.
- "xkcd #345-1337: Part 5". xkcd.com-Randall Munroe, Retrieved 13 January 2014
- xkcd.com/239 (see also [e.g.], xkcd.com/345, xkcd.com/482, xkcd.com/497, xkcd.com/498, and xkcd.com/527)
- "Cory Doctorow, Part II". xkcd. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
- Cline, Ernest (2011). Ready Player One. New York: Broadway. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-307-88744-3.
- "Doctor Oh". Kingdom of Loathing. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
- "The Long List of Hugo Awards, 2000". Nesfa.org. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- "EFF: Yochai Benkler, Cory Doctorow, and Bruce Schneier Win EFF Pioneer Awards". Archived from the original on 2010-08-16.
- "The John W. Campbell Memorial Award Listing". Worldswithoutend.com. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
- "White Pine Award list of winners". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
- "Craphound". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
- "The Super Man and the Bugout". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
- A quasi-sequel to Down and out in the Magic Kingdom.
- "Car Wars: a dystopian science fiction story about the nightmare of self-driving cars". Boing Boing. Nov 23, 2016.
- In a June 11, 2008 interview with the Onion's A.V. Club, Doctorow stated that the book was "on the shelf more or less permanently, although it might be resurrected at some point". Robinson, Tasha (2008-06-11). "Cory Doctorow / The A.V. Club". The Onion. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- Cory Doctorow's personal website
- Works by Cory Doctorow at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Cory Doctorow at Internet Archive
- Cory Doctorow at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Doctorow, Cory at Curlie
- Presentation of Cory Doctorow "Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free" at the CopyCamp 2014 conference
- Appearances on C-SPAN