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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Kindle Edition
Praise for DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM:
‘Impressively imagined’ New York Times
‘Cory Doctorow doesn’t just write about the future – I think he lives there.’ Kelly Link
‘A kinetic, immersive yarn … wholly entertaining’ The Onion AV Club
‘He sparkles! He fizzes! He does backflips and breaks the furniture! Science Fiction needs Cory Doctorow.’ Bruce Sterling
Praise for Cory Doctorow:
‘Fresh and full of thought-provoking ideas, a book about tomorrow that demands to be read now.’ The Times
‘I’d recommend ‘Little Brother’ over pretty much any book I’ve read this year. Because I think it’ll change lives. It’s a wonderful, important book’ Neil Gaiman
‘A glorious book unlike any book you’ve ever read’ Gene Wolfe
‘A cracking read’ Guardian
‘Doctorow brilliantly shows us a near-future that’s equally wondrous, inspiring and terrifying’ BBC Focus--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B008TGL0EM
- Publisher : HarperVoyager (31 January 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 907 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 307,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this entertaining short novel, Doctorow takes on the classic SF question of 'What if?' for something that genuinely could come to pass - the no wage economy, where everyone gets the basics they need and it's up to them, through ad-hoc arrangements, to find ways to earn social credit to get more, should they want it. In a way, the social credit (known for unexplained reasons, unless I missed it, as Whuffie) is the equivalent of the rating system in the Black Mirror episode where everyone constantly rates everyone else. The other major change to society, which is far less likely to happen, is that when someone dies they are recreated from a clone which is imprinted with their backed up memory - so death becomes a minor irritation (unless you aren't entirely comfortable with a copy of yourself being a true replacement), while some choose to be put to sleep for thousands of years.
Our hero, Julius, ends up at Disney World, where he works with a group that help maintain and run a group of the attractions, in a period when some of the traditional attractions (the gem of his group's collection is the Haunted Mansion) are being replaced by direct brain access experiences. The main thread of the story follows Julius's attempts at guerrilla action to save his beloved ride in a world where social capital is everything.
On the whole the novel works well - Doctorow manages to be genuinely interesting about the challenges faced by a society where no work is required and lives are indefinite, while never getting into boring polemic. The storyline had some small issues for me, particularly when an outcome is flagged up very early - but I really enjoyed this book, which feels like the kind of thing Pohl and Kornbluth would be writing now if still around - no greater accolade - and I will certainly be trying more of Doctorow's output.
Since i enjoyed that book so much, i wanted to check out some of his other fiction. This book didn't disappoint me. I can't say its as awesome as makers, but i found it very engaging, cynical but funny. It proposes a possible near future where we have the big world issues solved like supplying enough energy and food for everyone and tackles the obvious question - what then?
Fun outlook; what would be life after scarcity and death, in mostly self organised society.
He stayed vague on the limits of some of those systems. It's a good thing, seems like they break if scrutinized.
Aber davon abgesehen ist das ein interessantes und fesselnder Blick in die Zukunft und sehr angenehm zu lesen, auch z.B. für jugendliches "Schul-Englisch".