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Fiction Cyberpunk

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

A Novel

by (author) Cory Doctorow

Publisher
Tor/Forge
Initial publish date
May 2018
Category
Cyberpunk
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781250196385
    Publish Date
    May 2018
    List Price
    $22.5
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780765304360
    Publish Date
    Feb 2003
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765309532
    Publish Date
    Dec 2003
    List Price
    $18.5

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Cory Doctorow's debut cyberpunk science fiction that explores the scarcity of morality in a world that has conquered death and material insufficiency—now repackaged with a new cover!
Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.
Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer "ad-hocs" who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.
Now, though, it seems the "ad hocs" are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audioanimatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.
Worse: it appears this new group has had Jules killed. This upsets him. (It's only his fourth death and revival, after all.) Now it's war: war for the soul of the Magic Kingdom, a war of ever-shifting reputations, technical wizardry, and entirely unpredictable outcomes.
Bursting with cutting-edge speculation and human insight, Cory Doctorow'sDown and Out in the Magic Kingdom is a coming-of-age romantic comedy and a kick-butt cybernetic tour de force.

About the author

Cory Doctorow is a multi-award-winning science fiction author, technologist, activist and speaker. His novels include Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe and the recently released contemporary fantasy, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town.

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Awards

  • Nominated, Nebula Awards - Nominee
  • Winner, Locus Awards - Winner

Editorial Reviews

“As much fun as Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, and as packed with mind-bending ideas.” —Tim O'Reilly
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is black-comedic sci-fi prophecy on the dangers of surrendering our consensual hallucination to the regime. Fun to read, but difficult to sleep afterwards.” —Douglas Rushkoff, author of Cyberia and Media Virus!
“Cory Doctorow is one of our best new writers: smart, daring, savvy, entertaining, ambitious, plugged in, and as good a guide to the wired world of the twenty-first century that stretches out before us as you're going to find anywhere.” —Gardner Dozois, editor, Asimov's SF

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