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May 02, 2003

Review: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

I bought Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom expressly because I could download it for free. Cory Doctorow, your author, and host at boingboing, has given away more than 75,000 electronic copies so far.

Doctorow has produced a utopian sci-fi journey into a future where death and money have been eliminated. It's a quick read, but with a lot of interesting ideas, from the reputation economics of Whuffie and the adhocracies to neural backups that can be restored into a person's clone within a matter of days.

Some sci-fi gets so wrapped up in describing the technoporn that it neglects the story. That's not the case here, as Doctorow weaves a believable, at times gripping story set in the future Disney World, at last liberated from the clutches of Disney/ABC/ESPN/Capital Cities.

There were a couple of really interesting directions I could see the book moving that never really came to pass; I wondered if they were roads not travelled, wrong turns, or just blind alleys. If you've read it, I'd love to discuss them...

This seems like a book that will weather a few rereadings. I recommend it.

May 2, 2003 in Books | Permalink

Comments

Some sci-fi gets so wrapped up in describing the technoporn that it neglects the story.

This is what I was alluding to in a recent thread at my site.

Posted by: paul at Dec 28, 2003 12:02:36 AM