State of my iPod: Doctorow and Sigler
Another great story by Cory Doctorow and one that won the Locus Award for best science fiction novella of 2008. This time, produced by Subterranean Press with a wonderful reading by Mary Robinette Kowal. It was a joy to hear EFF Cory and uberstoryteller Cory mix it up. An unnamed city in the developing world brings itself into the comforts of modern life by way of technology. A brutal war is then waged on this city by the countries where that technology is restricted by copyright law. This is a simple extrapolation of the concept that companies want to restrict information, because they know how to sell a scarce product. This was an incredibly heart wrenching story. This was that rare mix of hard and soft science fiction. Deeply personal emotional consequences of big ideas applied to really cool technology.
I’m a couple episodes in on this Football, Mobster, Space Opera with religious overtones. I was quite impressed with how all those elements got woven together cleanly in even the first Chapter. In the football play by play I hear the same geeky love that Scott shows for science and horror in the other stories I’ve enjoyed. Around episode six Scott gives an overview of American football and how it gets tweaked when aliens are thrown into the mix. A neat tidbit was an offhanded comment that Scott made about one of the alien races … “you’ll recognize this guy from the end of Infection.”
If like me, you found out about Scott right as Infected (previously podcast as Infection) was released in book form, it really was neat to realize the connections between the present day (or near future) story of Infected and the far future of The Rookie. In other Scott Sigler news, it turns out that the sequel to Infected is going to ride the momentum of the first book and hit the shelves in December. I’ll have to decide if I want to experience that in audio or book form.