The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Pdf Summary Reviews By Cory Doctorow

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Pdf Summary

In a Disney-dominated future, a transhuman teenager engages in high velocity adventures until he meets the “meat girl” of his dreams and is forced to choose between immortality and sex in one of Cory Doctorow’s most daring novellas. Also included in this collection is “Creativity vs. Copyright,” a transcript of Doctorow’s historic address to the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention, dramatically presenting his controversial case for open-source models not only in information but art as well, and “Outspoken Interview,” in which Doctorow reveals the surprising inspirations for his writing.


The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow Review

Garrett Zecker

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but copyright essay was most engaging part
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2015

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Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is a brief read that contains three parts – it begins with the titular story, and continues with an address on modern copyright, and concludes with an interview with Terry Bisson. I have mixed feelings on the text, and thought that perhaps individual reviews culminating in the final score makes the most sense as the texts are so different.

Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow – 3 out of 5 stars
To begin, I love the Carousel of Progress – the ride that the story that is central to the piece. My favorite ride that I was ever on was when I went to Disney as an adult and the carousel got stuck about ¾ of the way through. It was an incredible experience – being stuck on the carousel of progress near the conclusion, and being unable to get off. We sat in the dark as the family of tomorrow repeated their final moments over and over and over again, the oven exploded over and over and over again, and the droning of the song, over and over and over again. It was both the most perfect nightmare and the most beautiful irony I have ever experienced in my life. It was amazing.

Of course, I picked the book up because I know about Doctorow, and wanted to see what he did with a story surrounding this iconic American institution. Frankly, I loved it, except for one major element and that is the heavy handed science fiction action sequences that seemed to be overbearing and leave too much to the imagination. As someone who likes the genre and only likes to read the pieces with subtle elements (there are a lot, but think Solaris, IQ84, and others) and allow the characters to drive the narrative. The action sequences were off-putting to me, and really were vague and elementally flat. The rest of the story – the parts without explosions and guns blazing – were touching and real, and I thought that to me it kind of ruined the amazing story he was trying to tell were it not for the parts seemingly thrown in to pacify an audience that might be bored with the part I liked. I am not sure. But he is a great storyteller when perhaps not trying to placate a standard audience member-type, and I really enjoyed everything after the first twenty pages or so when that all died down.

Would have been five stars were it not for hitting me over the head with sci fi violence I would have rather watched than read.

Creativity vs Copyright – 5 out of 5 stars
Loved this piece – and I am sure it is easy to find online if one wanted to find it for free. Great speech about creativity and the modern marketplace, supply and demand, and an incredibly easy to digest, decisive stance on DRM and what it does to modern distribution models. Very insightful.

Interview with Terry Bisson – 3 out of 5 stars
Interesting, but flat to me. Some of the questions were great, and his answers were illuminating, but I felt like there could have been more, deeper, longer, and what I got was a little meh with a few twinkly stars. Just my opinion – wasn’t one of the best interviews I have ever read. Doesn’t mean anything except perhaps there could have been more and it could have been edited down for the real meaty bits.


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Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2014

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Doctorow’s stories are always worthwhile, if not easily parsed. Worth more than the $0.99 ebook price of the book itself, is the included transcription of CREATIVITY VS. COPYRIGHT, his 2010 address to the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia. He really gets the problems with current copyright law, particularly for those who actually create the works, and lays them out in simple, compelling language. Economically, the move from selling copyrighted works to licensing them has created a stifling, restrictive and closed system of monopolistic price discrimination that only benefits corporate publishers/distributors. A return to the 1908 US Supreme Court’s “First Sale” rule and it’s application to all forms of publication media including digital would go a long way in cleaning up the current mess: once a work is purchased, the publisher/distributor would have no further right to control its use or disposition. So for example, buyers of copyrighted epub material would no longer have to buy another copy to view it on another device: to use Doctorow’s analogy, if you buy a new bookcase, you could move your library to it without having to buy all new books. Imagine that.

About Cory Doctorow Author Of The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow pdf Book

Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture Of The Nerds and Makers. He is a Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow pdf book
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow pdf book
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1604864044
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ PM Press; Original edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781604864045
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1604864045
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #4,366,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1,949 in Science Fiction Short Stories
  • #32,992 in Short Stories Anthologies
  • #58,698 in Short Stories (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 3.7 out of 5 stars    17 ratings

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