Cory Doctorow

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Cory Doctorow, 2014
Cory Doctorow at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005.

Cory Doctorow [ ˈkɒri ˈdɒktəroʊ ] (born July 17, 1971 in Toronto , Ontario ) is a Canadian science fiction writer, journalist and blogger . He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2000 .

He publishes his books under a Creative Commons license.


As a child of Trotskyist parents, Doctorow grew up in an activist household. As a child, Doctorow came into contact with nuclear disarmament and Greenpeace campaigns. He graduated from the anarchist SEED School, a "free school" in Toronto, and attended four universities without a degree. In 1992 he was a participant in the renowned Clarion workshop for aspiring science fiction and fantasy authors, where he subsequently also worked as a lecturer. According to him, the workshop had a decisive influence on his further life and career as a writer:

"On the first day, James Patrick Kelly looked at my work and said, 'Cory, this is totally lacking in any kind of emotional center. It's just verbal pyrotechnics. You need to figure out how to find the beating heart of a story. ' I spent sort of the next five years trying to figure out what that meant. It was quite an amazing transformation in my life. "

“On the first day, James Patrick Kelly looked at my work and said,“ Cory, this one lacks an emotional focus. This is just verbal fireworks. You have to find out where the beating heart of a story is. ”I spent the next five years trying to figure out what that meant. It was a pretty amazing life experience. "

Doctorow co-wrote the Boing-Boing blog from 2001 to 2020 . In London , he worked as European Affairs Coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and was awarded the EFF Pioneer Award in 2007 .

In 2005 he is one of the co-founders of the Open Rights Group in England, which, like the EFF, is committed, among other things, to the liberalization of copyright law , against digital rights management and for data protection .

In addition to his writing activity, Doctorow is also active as an activist and artist. He cooperated u. a. with groups like monochrome .

Doctorow has lived in Los Angeles since summer 2006 , where he works as a visiting professor at the Fulbright Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California . He is married and has a daughter.



"Little Brother" series of novels

1. Little Brother. , Tor Books, 2008. (Creative Commons License)

2. Homeland. Tor Books, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7653-3369-8 . (Creative Commons License)

Short story collections

  • A Place So Foreign and Eight More. Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003.
  • Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-56025-981-7 .
  • Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now. 6 short stories. Comic adaptation on Ourmedia , 2008. (Creative Commons License)

Short story (selection)

  • i, robot . Hugo Award- nominated short story, at, 2005.


  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction. Alpha Books, 2000.
  • Essential blogging. O'Reilly and Associates, 2003.
  • Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Tachyon Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-1-892391-81-0 .
  • Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century. Tachyon Publications, 2011.
  • Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age , McSweeney's, 2015, ISBN 978-1-940450-28-5 .

Essays (selection)

  • Ebooks: Neither E Nor Books. San Diego 2004.
  • Wikipedia: A Genuine H2G2-Minus the Editors. In: Glenn Yeffeth (Ed.): The Anthology at the End of the Universe? Benbella Books, 2005, ISBN 1-932100-56-3 , ( online ).

Graphic novels



Web links

Commons : Cory Doctorow  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Anders Wright: Project Triton: New Sci-Fi Colony. ( Memento of October 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) In: UCSD Alumni , May 2008. UC San Diego , accessed on January 13, 2018.
  2. beckedahl: Instant Blitz Copy Fight Project. In: May 22, 2007, accessed on February 24, 2019 (German).
  3. ^ Tim Harford: The future perfect. In: Financial Times . July 13, 2013, p. 3.