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Cory Doctrow reading his novella There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your Life

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More wonderful fiction (I hope) from Cory Doctrow. He describes this one as:

    "a long, weird adventure story about the failure of futurism and the difference between 'progress' and 'change,'
    all about immortal children stalking the bones of ruined cities in lethal mechas.
    Disney fans will recognize the title as coming from the amazing, weird,
    awful and wonderful Carousel of Progress ride that Disney built for GE at the 1964 World’s Fair in NYC,
    and subsequently moved to Disneyland, then Walt Disney World."

Free MP3s of Cory Doctrow reading his short stories and novellas

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Cory Doctrow is wonderful science fiction writer (among many other things - see his Wikipedia entry for all the details). He has posted a number of his short stories and novellas free on the web for download to your iPod or other music player.

While you can subscribe to his podcast and use iTunes to get the stories, I use the excellent Songbird XUL application to download collections of MP3, so I thought I'd collect the sets of MP3s to make downloading them easier. I'm about half way through the list; I'll update this page as I go.

Cory Doctrow reading his novella Human Readable

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Another set of links to MP3 files on archive.org, this time to download all of Cory Doctrow's science fiction novella Human Readable about a world where everything is optimized to run at maximum efficiency, until things fall apart... It was published in the anthology 'Future Washington'.

Cory Doctrow reading his short story Shadow of the Mothaship

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This short story by Cory Doctrow is the first in the series of:

  1. Shadow of the Motha Ship
  2. Home again, Home Again
  3. Super-Man and the Bugout

It was initially published in 'Amazing Stories' magazine, Winter 2000, then reprinted in his short story collection, 'A Place So Foreign and Eight More'. You can download the text version here

Cory Doctrow reading his short story Home Again, Home Again

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Another science fiction short story from Cory Doctrow, the middle part of a series of three:

  1. Shadow of the Motha Ship
  2. Home again, Home Again
  3. Super-Man and the Bugout

Home Again, Home Again


      MP3 of part 1 of 3 ( 16:29 long )

Cory Doctrow reading his short story Super-Man and the Bugout

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Another short story by Cory Doctrow of BoingBoing fame. If you don't want to listen to the story, you can always download the text version and learn more about it. If you want to see what other people have said, check out the 'A Place So Foreign and eight more' page.

This is the third story in the series of:

  1. Shadow of the Motha Ship

Cory Doctrow reading his short story Visit the Sins

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Another collection of MP3s for a Cory Doctrow story; this time 'Visits the Sins' which was originally published in Asimov’s in 1999 and reprinted in Hartwell’s Year’s Best SF volume 5.

It is about 7,700 words (a few of which can't be said on TV, if you care about that sort of thing...)

Visit the Sins


    MP3 of part 1 of 2 ( 19:15 long, story starts at about 4:20 )    
    Description and comments    

Cory Doctrow reading his short story Power Punctuation

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I've been listening to lots of Cory Doctrow's short stories, but find the way he's organized the pages not ideal for downloading using Songbird, so I thought I'd summarize each short story and the downloads here.

So far this story has been my favourite, because the 'voice' is so well done. The story is a collection of letters home, so the main characters personality really has a chance to shine through.

This short story was originally published in Starlight 3 in 2001. More details on the story, and the first few paragraphs, can be found here.

Mapstraction tutorial

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It was time to start moving my old Google Maps pages over to version 2 of the API, and I thought I'd consider using another mapping solution (maybe Yahoo Maps or Microsoft). But then fate intervened and I happened to listen to a podcast from the Where 2.0 conference by Steve Coast. He talked about Open Street Map and more importantly to me, Mapstraction.

From their homepage

    Mapstraction is a library which provides a common API for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's javascript mapping APIs to enable switching from one to another as smoothly as possible.

Simple introductory tutorial for Mapstraction

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It was time to start moving my old Google Maps pages over to version 2 of the API, and I thought I'd consider using another mapping solution (maybe Yahoo Maps or Microsoft). But then fate intervened and I happened to listen to a podcast from the Where 2.0 conference by Steve Coast. He talked about Open Street Map and more importantly to me, Mapstraction.

From their homepage

    Mapstraction is a library which provides a common API for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's javascript mapping APIs to enable switching from one to another as smoothly as possible.
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