's article on Tor/Forge echoes the remarks he's been making on his soon to conclude book tour in support of Homeland
I think it's great that he's focusing so much on what happened with Aaron Swartz
, and also talking about the issues of depression and suicide, though I could wish that there was enough time on his tour to also talk more about the book, which is great, but also a slightly different proposition from Little Brother
, the book for which it is ostensibly a sequel.
seems to take place earlier in time/history, and in an world very much more like our own than Little Brother
, which was a cool, near-future dystopian reflection on trends in technology and the "war against terrorism."
reads much more like one of Cory's (excellent) articles or op ed pieces than did Little Brother
- or any of his other fiction. It practically feels like non-fiction, and that's both good and bad. It isn't as satisfying a read, purely as a novel, as Little Brother
, For the Win
or Pirate Cinema
. On the other hand, it's extremely satisfying and effective as a political and social intervention. I want to go out and find Joe Noss and work on his campaign. I'm much more attentive to Alameda County's attempt to buy drones than I might have been. I've been thinking about the issues it raises.
That's great: Cory knows what he is talking about, and the issues that he is addressing are vital ones. But I still wanted a bit more fiction than I got. And along those lines, I certainly feel like the tween girl in the audience for Cory's reading at The Booksmith
on Haight Street last week: is there going to be a sequel to Pirate Cinema
? I love Cory's articles, op ed pieces, and his activism. I also love his novels. We were lucky over the past year to get three novels from Cory in pretty rapid succession: Pirate Cinema
, Rapture of the Nerds
, and Homeland
. And based on his remarks about what he's working on, we might continue to see something like that output in the future.