Toronto's science fiction reading series; launching my LITTLE BROTHER on May 1

The Toronto Public Library system is just kicking off a gigantic, ambitious speculative reading series that starts next Monday with Michael Skeet hosting a panel discussion with Karl Schroeder, James Alan Gardner and Peter Watts on the pursuit of foresight in Canadian science fiction.

On April 31 May 1, Toronto Public Library will be launching my next novel, Little Brother, at an event at the Merril Collection, the astounding public science fiction reference library. Books will be on sale through BakkaPhoenix books, and they're taking pre-orders for signed/inscribed copies of the book to be mailed out to you (CDN$19.95 for the book, plus $9 and GST for shipping in Canada, $15 to the US, $20 to Europe, and $25 to the rest of the world). BakkaPhoenix: 416 963 9993, inquiries@bakkaphoenixbooks.com

(Patient US readers who don't mind waiting until the end of May for their signed, inscribed copies can request them from San Francisco's Borderlands Books, who are not charging for domestic shipping. Borderlands: 888.893.4008, webmail@borderlands-books.com.) Link

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  1. Perhaps you mean May 1st, not April 31st? I was looking forward to seeing a bunch of the sf authors at Foresight.. but the TTC strike is going to make that difficult.

  2. April 31 is when all the events that were promised on April 1 take place.

    The book’s official launch is on April 28, but that’s in the US. I’m not sure what Cory meant here.

  3. Cory, got the galleys of this. I love the story, but the way you’ve incorporated a method to bend time by folding the dedication page into a tesseract along the dotted lines is brilliant. I expect this is something we’ll be seeing in a lot of books in the past!

    P.S. Your grandmother and I need to talk to you about a little mistake we made a few decades ago. We can chat at the reunion.

  4. “a YA novel that pits hacker kids in San Francisco against the DHS in a bid to restore the Bill of Rights to America”

    In other words, a anti-conservative rah rah propaganda rag.

    BTW I’d be all for restoring all the Bill of Rights back to the original stance.

    I doubt most of you would really want that.

  5. I wouldn’t want the Constitution enforced in it’s originality, but the Bill of Rights might be nice.

  6. Why not the Constitution?

    It seems people only want to respect the wishes of the founding fathers only when it suites their own political agendas.

    For example the whole church and state issues. At the time the “Congress shall not” comment was made, they were teaching kids how to read in public schools using the Bible.

    I think with time, any document is going to be distorted to suite the political agenda of whoever wants it bad enough.

  7. KevinK “Public schools” didn’t depend on taxpayer funding back then. More than likely, they were run by the local churches.

    The idea that the government was responsible for primary education came along quite a bit later.

  8. Does the Bill of Rights say the Bible is required reading in public schools?

    It would be interesting to find out what printed materials were widely available in the US in the late eighteenth century to be used for educational purposes. I would imagine that the bible would have had a universal availability that made it useful, but the language would have been a century out of date.

  9. “Public schools” as we understand them didn’t exist in the 1700’s. Until the 1840’s education was for the wealthy only and varied locally. Free public education at the elementary level wasn’t available for all children until the end of the 19th century. We owe a lot to Horace Mann. Jefferson believed that education should under the control of the government and free from religious bias. I like most of what he had to say but I doubt some people would really want that.

    (this has been another episode of disjointed sentences smushed together into one paragraph in order to give the illusion of coherence. thank you for your time.)

  10. Thanks for the tip. I just stopped by Bakka Phoenix and preordered a signed book (to Greg…), since I will regrettably be out of town on the 1st. Good luck at the launch!

  11. “KevinK “Public schools” didn’t depend on taxpayer funding back then. More than likely, they were run by the local churches.”

    No, they were run by the locals. Basically the local townspeople that made up of what we’d call city hall. :p

    “The idea that the government was responsible for primary education came along quite a bit later.”

    And when it did come around, the Bible wasn’t banned from it then either. Not that I care either way. I am just showing how things have been distorted for people’s political views before.

    “You’re talking to a troll.”

    Because you don’t like what I have to say, I am suddenly a troll? Think about your post and who is being a troll.

  12. Have you even read the book Kevin? What does pre-revolutionary schooling have to do with techno geeks. What does climate change have to do with anti-feminist hate mail? What does the fallergroggle have to do with a ferschnizzilator? We’d love to know.

  13. Yankee,

    I’ve recommended you for termination. If you don’t like the content here, go away and don’t come back.

  14. YankeeKnowHow: I for one have been awaiting this novel from Corey, I rather enjoyed his previous works and this one is something I look forward to reading. Corey’s novels are not for everyone (is anything right for everyone?) but there are quite a few people who like them… including me.

  15. and they can be perma-banned as fast as they create them

    insolent urchins do have a certain cock-sparrow charm though, whosaliddleman?Whosaliddlemannow?

    Tell you what, keep them around.

  16. Cory:
    Toronto Public Library be launching my next novel, Little Brother…

    “Talk Like a Pirate Day” be coming early this year, aye?

  17. Antinous, assuming you mean like the famous scene in Sailor In The Wild, I’d like to see it.

  18. I’ve never seen that one. I remember an Al Parker film where violates himself with his own sausage and eggs. Is there even a slang term for that?

  19. Well, when it’s done as part of drag it’s called tucking. In a sexual context as far as I know it’s called just what you’d expect: self-f***ing.

    In SITW, Brian Thomson violates himself with his meat and two veg, then Leo Ford violates him at the same time.

  20. So, DPDT is the male version of DVDA? Next time I run into one the innumerable gay porn stars who live here, I’ll ask if there’s an industry term.

  21. I’m afraid I don’t know the DT part of DPDT, and of DVDA I have not even guesses. I know dx/dy. Does that help?

  22. DVDA is Double Vaginal Double Anal, the holy grail of straight porn. So DPDT would be Double Penile Double Testicular. Have you never seen Orgazmo?

    We have wandered a bit off topic, haven’t we?

  23. Quite.

    I’m amused by the fact that BoingBoing’s “feature” of capitalizing every thread in your comment stream makes it look like they’re launching Cory’s little brother (where, into space?) on May 1.

  24. KevinK, when I was a kid, conservatives used to talk about how important it was to keep government small and manageable. They used to point at the USSR and talk about how the Soviet government spied on its citizens and required them to present identity papers to travel within the country. The conservatives of my youth worried that the USA might one day become like the USSR.

    When I look at our Department of Homeland Security, I see just the sort of thing those conservatives were complaining about. They wouldn’t have described Little Brother as “anti-conservative”.

  25. Kevink @10,

    “In other words, a anti-conservative rah rah propaganda rag.
    BTW I’d be all for restoring all the Bill of Rights back to the original stance.
    I doubt most of you would really want that”.

    Would you care to be more specific? I.E. what the hell are you talking about?

  26. “KevinK, when I was a kid, conservatives used to talk about how important it was to keep government small and manageable. They used to point at the USSR and talk about how the Soviet government spied on its citizens and required them to present identity papers to travel within the country. The conservatives of my youth worried that the USA might one day become like the USSR.
    When I look at our Department of Homeland Security, I see just the sort of thing those conservatives were complaining about. They wouldn’t have described Little Brother as “anti-conservative”.

    The problem is people aren’t really attacking the true principles. They are attacking whatever “The other side” is doing no matter if it’s right or wrong. And both sides are doing it. Lets just pretend Bush had a good idea, I know, I know hard to imagine. But lets pretend.

    How many true to form Liberals do you see giving him credit for it. And not bashing it just because it was HIS idea?

    Now remember, be honest. Don’t say how you WANT it to be, or how you THINK it should be. But how it IS.

    Anyhow, I want to thank you anyhow for responding to my post in an honest and non-trollish way. I appreciate that. And you have my respect.

    Having said that, It was the same way when Clinton was in office. He could do nothing correct according to the Republicans.

    It’s this silly political zealousness that is ruining our country. Lets do away with “sides” And lets vote for the PERSON. Not the party.

    That will stop most of this silliness.

  27. “What does pre-revolutionary schooling have to do with techno geeks. What does climate change have to do with anti-feminist hate mail? What does the fallergroggle have to do with a ferschnizzilator? We’d love to know.”

    I guess it has to do with the same thing that Double Vaginal Double Anal has to do with it. Yet you didn’t feel the need to jump on said user for bringing that up why? Maybe it wasn’t that what I said wasn’t “on topic” so much as it was what I said that bothered you?

  28. Hum. It sounds like an interesting premise, but the cover just looks like the latest “Teen Spy” novel.

    A petty grievance, but one that jumps out at you.

  29. Well it is marketed for teens is it not? You know, to indoctrinate them early. ;)

    I kid I kid.

  30. “Maybe it wasn’t that what I said wasn’t “on topic” so much as it was what I said that bothered you?”

    Or maybe not. I know Antinous and Takuan. You I don’t know. You appear to want to get into a discussion of contemporary politics and seem to be crying “Why can’t we all get along?” This after the current administration, presumably your buddy, has taken a big steaming shit on the constitution. Crocodile tears Kevin, that’s all they are.

  31. Just to be fair, everything Kevin’s posted here has made sense…. except for his first comment at #10, which is total nonsense and unfortunately colors everything he posted afterwards.

  32. Thanks for the heads up, I’ve been searching for precisely something like this in the city for the past 3months.

    Guess I should pay more heed to the TPL website. ;)

  33. Trolls take advantage of that sense of fairplay Coriander, then they run it and every discussion into the ground. You get bogged down in endless shifting semantic games, outright lies and a constant harangue of nutcase theories that make Ron Paul look sane.

    Trolls are a bottomless pit of need. It isn’t possible to have an honest discussion with them because they aren’t looking for that.

  34. This is all very interesting, but could someone answer my question? I’d like to know when the text of this book will be available for everyone to copy, read, or modify, free on the internet.

  35. Automatt, the book’ll be up for download the same week as it comes out in stores — more specifically, it’ll be available for download as soon as I get home to London and get the last few files I need to upload online.

  36. Heh. I suspect AutoMatt was expecting a different response!

    KevinK 50: Actually “subversion through literature” is a time-honored leftie tradition. You think we’re going to stop now? :-)

  37. Hey KevinK, as a liberal, I think Bush’s amnesty plan for undocumented immigrants was a step in the right direction. Howsabout that?

  38. KevinK, I’ve read Little Brother. It’s set in the future. It doesn’t say explicitly who the president is, or what party controls the White House. So why are you making accusations of Bush-bashing?

  39. Avram, I don’t think that argument holds water. Animal Farm never explicitly mentions communism, but the criticisms are still there. You can make an argument while using metaphor.

    I’m not arguing for either side, I just spotted that in your post.

  40. Rosethornn, Animal Farm is an allegory of the Communist revolution and its aftermath, Stalin’s takeover of the revolutionary government. What Orwell did was take the events of history, swap animals and farm symbols for the real-world people and events, and tie them together into a story. The farm stands for Russia, Napoleon the pig stands for Stalin, Snowball for Trotsky, Boxer the horse for the working class, etc.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four, on the other hand, is not an allegory, it’s an extrapolation. Orwell took the worst aspects of the politics he saw around him and extrapolated them into the future. Airstrip One isn’t a metaphor for England, it’s what Orwell feared England might literally turn into. Big Brother somewhat resembles Josef Stalin, but he doesn’t stand for him.

    Likewise for Little Brother. The DHS of that novel is a (pretty plausible) extrapolation into the near future of the modern-day DHS. It’s not metaphoric. It doesn’t stand for anything but itself. Cory isn’t using metaphor to criticize the DHS, he’s just straight-out criticizing the DHS.

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