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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

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Published by CAP
A book by Cory Doctorow.

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. But, he comes to realize that it's not all magic in the Magic Kingdom.
A book by Cory Doctorow.

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. But, he comes to realize that it's not all magic in the Magic Kingdom.

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Published by: CAP on Dec 11, 2006
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Down and Outin theMagic KingdomCory Doctorow
© 2003 Cory Doctorowdoctorow@craphound.comhttp://www.craphound.com/downTor Books, January 2003ISBN: 0765304368
 
Cory DoctorowDown and Out in the Magic Kingdom1
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He sparkles! He fizzes! He does backflips and breaks the furniture! Sciencefiction needs Cory Doctorow!Bruce SterlingAuthor,
The Hacker Crackdown
and
 Distraction
— • —In the true spirit of Walt Disney, Doctorow has ripped a part of our commonculture, mixed it with a brilliant story, and burned into our culture a new setof memes that will be with us for a generation at least.Lawrence LessigAuthor,
The Future of Ideas
— • —Cory Doctorow doesn’t just write about the future - I think he lives there.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom isn’t just a really good read, it’s also,like the best kind of fiction, a kind of guide book. See the Tomorrowland of Tomorrow today, and while you’re there, why not drop by Frontierland, andthe Haunted Mansion as well? (It’s the Mansion that’s the haunted heart of this book.) Cory makes me feel nostalgic for the future - a dizzying, yetrather pleasant sensation, as if I’m spiraling down the tracks of SpaceMountain over and over again. Visit the Magic Kingdom and live forever!Kelly LinkAuthor,
Stranger Things Happen
— • —Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is the most entertaining and excitingscience fiction story I’ve read in the last few years. I love page-turners,especially when they are as unusual as this novel. I predict big things forDown and Out—it could easily become a breakout genre-buster.Mark FrauenfelderContributing Editor,
Wired Magazine
Imagine you woke up one day and Walt Disney had taken over the world.Not only that, but money’s been abolished and somebody’s developed theCure for Death. Welcome to the Bitchun Society—and make sure you’restrapped in tight, because it’s going to be a wild ride. In a world whereeveryone’s wishes can come true, one man returns to the original,crumbling city of dreams—Disney World. Here in the spiritual center of theBitchun Society he struggles to find and preserve the original, human faceof the Magic Kingdom against the young, post-human and increasinglyalien inheritors of the Earth. Now that any experience can be simulated,human relationships become ever more fragile; and to Julius, the corny,mechanical ghosts of the Haunted Mansion have come to seem like aprecious link to a past when we could tell the real from the simulated, thetrue from the false.Cory Doctorow—cultural critic, Disneyphile, and ultimate EarlyAdopter—uses language with the reckless confidence of the Beat poets. Yetbehind the dazzling prose and vibrant characters lie ideas we should all payheed to. The future rushes on like a plummeting roller coaster, and it’s hardto see where we’re going. But at least with this book Doctorow has given usa map of the park.Karl SchroederAuthor,
Permanence
— • —Cory Doctorow is the most interesting new SF writer I’ve come across inyears. He starts out at the point where older SF writers’ speculations end.It’s a distinct pleasure to give him some Whuffie.Rudy RuckerAuthor,
Spaceland 
 
Cory DoctorowDown and Out in the Magic Kingdom2
Cory Doctorow rocks! I check his blog about ten times a day, because he’salways one of the first to notice a major incursion from the social-technological-pop-cultural future, and his voice is a compelling vehicle fornews from the future. Down and Out in The Magic Kingdom is about aworld that is visible in its outlines today, if you know where to look, fromreputation systems to peer-to-peer adhocracies. Doctorow knows where tolook, and how to word-paint the rest of us into the picture.Howard RheingoldAuthor,
Smart Mobs
— • —Doctorow is more than just a sick mind looking to twist the perceptions of those whose realities remain uncorrupted - though that should be enoughrecommendation to read his work.
 Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
isblack comedic, sci-fi prophecy on the dangers of surrendering ourconsensual hallucination to the regime. Fun to read, but difficult to sleepafterwards.Douglas Rushkoff Author of 
Cyberia
and
 Media Virus!
— • —“Wow! Disney imagineering meets nanotechnology, the reputationeconomy, and Ray Kurzweil’s transhuman future. As much fun as NealStephenson’s Snow Crash, and as packed with mind bending ideas aboutsocial changes cascading from the frontiers of science.”Tim O’ReillyPublisher and Founder, O’Reilly and Associates— • —Doctorow has created a rich and exciting vision of the future, and thenwrote a page-turner of a story in it. I couldn’t put the book down.Bruce SchneierAuthor,
Secrets and Lies
Cory Doctorow is one of our best new writers: smart, daring, savvy,entertaining, ambitious, plugged-in, and as good a guide to the wired worldof the twenty-first century that stretches out before us as you’re going tofind.Gardner DozoisEditor,
 Asimov’s SF 
— • —Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” tells a gripping,fast-paced story that hinges on thought-provoking extrapolation fromtoday’s technical realities. This is the sort of book that captures and definesthe spirit of a turning point in human history when our tools remakeourselves and our world.Mitch KaporFounder, Lotus, Inc., co-founder Electronic Frontier Foundation

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