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Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
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Blackstone Publishing 2015
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Unabridged
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Description

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live through a bioweapon attack or to have every aspect of your life governed by
invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his
formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mind-bending
sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology—and its
various uses—run amok.

"Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber
sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games
all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual
money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins"—systems
administrators—as they defend the cyberworld, and hence the world at large,
from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too.

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Street Date:
01/27/2015
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781483079882
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Cory Doctorow. (2015). Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Cory Doctorow. 2015. Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. Blackstone Publishing.

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Cory Doctorow, Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. Blackstone Publishing, 2015.

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Cory Doctorow. Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2015.

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"Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins"—systems administrators—as they defend the cyberworld, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too.

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"Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins"—systems administrators—as they defend the cyberworld, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies too.

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