Radicalized

Radicalized

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From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, Radicalized is four urgent SF novellas of America's present and future within one book

Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future.

Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper.

In Model Minority , a Superman-like figure attempts to rectifiy the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless...only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims.

Radicalized is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife's terminal cancer.

The fourth story, Masque of the Red Death , harkens back to Doctorow's Walkaway , taking on issues of survivalism versus community.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250777911
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,22 cm

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JessHBrewer
Mar 19, 2020

Ooooh, I guess Cory lacks that crucial NSA training, eh? Some "better than average researcher" doesn't like his opinions being deleted! If they were as reasoned and persuasive as the review here, I'd delete them too.

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tjdickey
Jun 19, 2019

A great set of pithy, pointed parables about modern society and technology. The first entry (also the best IMHO) draws a parallel between big technology companies that lock in consumers to their own products, and the experience of new immigrants to a society; Doctorow provides a fantastically witty deconstruction of smart appliances... The remaining stories take on institutional racism, flame-blog culture (and more importantly, big health insurance), and an updated "Masque of the Red Death" in modern-day survivalist terms.

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StarGladiator
Mar 15, 2019

I apologize but I must point out that the king of snarky, Cory Doctorow, is one of the most censoring, anti-free speech types out there - - the ultimate hypocrite!
I don't care what a poseur he is, or what he claims, he censored and censored and censored at his boingboing.net site, and now since the comments are hidden it really doesn't matter, since they normally won't show up in searches. In other words, yet another fraudster . . . .

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