MAKERS, my next novel, serialized online

Pablo from Tor has the details on a cool new promo they're doing to promote my next book, Makers, which'll be published in the fall (HarperCollins UK will publish it in the UK, Australia, NZ, and other parts of the commonwealth). Makers tells the story of a group of hardware hackers who fall in with microfinancing venture capitalists and reinvent the American economy after a total economic collapse, and who find themselves swimming with sharks, fighting with gangsters, and leading a band of global techno-revolutionaries. The first 50,000 words of Makers were serialized on Salon some years ago under the title Themepunks.

Starting today around noon (Eastern Standard Tribe, of course), and throughout the rest of the year, will be serializing Makers, Cory Doctorow's upcoming novel, which goes on sale from Tor Books in November.. We'll be serializing the entirety of the novel, with a new installment every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, until the whole thing is finished, sometime in January 2010. Each installment of Makers will be accompanied by a new illustration by Idiots'Books (, which will interconnect with the other illustrations in the series, and offer limitless possibilities for mixing and matching the illustrations in the series. In a week or so, after we've posted a number of tiles, we'll release a Flash game in which users will be able to re-arrange the illustration tiles on a grid and create their own combination of layouts.
I'm planning on repeating the tribute to booksellers I made with the free release of Little Brother, introducing every section of the serial with a little hymn to some bookstore or other; booksellers are clearly on the side of the angels (I speak as a former bookseller!).

However, I'm doing this one a little differently; rather than write up my favorite booksellers, I'm asking for your favorite bookstores -- in the comments for each section of the serial, I'd like you to write up testimonials for your favorite stores. I'll pick three every week to add to that week's installments, by way of spreading the love around.

Announcing Cory Doctorow's Makers on

Cory Doctorow's Makers, Part 1 (of 81)

(Thanks, Pablo!)


  1. The Golden Bough in Macon, Ga. is the only independent bookseller in town, and they’re excellent. They keep a great selection of interesting books, and they host live music weekly, free for all.

  2. Hrmm, sounds like Liberation By Brian Francis Slattery, which was REALLY good. Can’t wait to get it hardcover signed from my favorite Mission bookstore. LOVE TOR PUBLISHING.

  3. Looking forward to reading this, sounds very promising, and like with Little Brother, I’m looking forward to getting a sneak preview of the book online, and then getting the real thing to take with me out in the scary nature.

    Unfortunately instead of recommending a good bookstore, I can only rant about one that is probably going to go bankrupt because of lack of innovation.

    See the street the bookstore is on, has recently become car-free or at least much more friendly to bikes and pedestrians as well as public busses, with a few strips of road blocked completely for cars and one way streets to get cars to move to alternative roads.

    This bookstore then cries foul and says their customers are dissapearing because cars can no longer get to them or park outside their shop, starts a petition to stop the car-free experiment and goes to hell and back complaining about the project. They even stubbornly drive their car ca. 2 kilometers from their home to the shop going through hoops and long detours to get there legally.

    When instead they should innovate: get a couple of bicycles, try the new and (for bikes at least) improved route, try and get some bike parking lots outside their shop to make it easier for bikers to stop at their store and maybe put up a sign with instructions for the cars to show them where they legally can park while doing their shopping instead of illegally parking right on the bike path blocking soft traffic.

    Strangely two or three other bookstores are all doing great in pedestrian only streets.

    I think there’s a clear analogy to what cory is doing, instead of crying and complaining about the state of the world, they innovate, come up with fantastic new ways to engage and entice the customers, relying more on honour and goodwill than lawyers and threats.

  4. Russell Books in Victoria, BC, Canada is my favourite bookstore. The place is stacked with hundreds of thousands of new and used books at very great prices. They are constantly getting in new books, to the point that they’ve expanded their original store with a brand new wing, and had to open up a brand new store a couple streets over. Extremely friendly staff and service there too, which helps considering it can sometimes be hard to find things with the overflow of books they have!

  5. This is so exciting.

    When I was in college, I went to the Andover Bookstore in Andover, MA. Hot chocolate and a warm fire on a winters day, yay.

    Now, surrounded by Borders and Barnes and Nobles…sigh. I’m afraid I use Amazon more than I should, probably.

  6. Spoonbill & Sugartown in Brooklyn, NY.
    It’s a magic place you walk into and feel the love of books around you.
    Design, art, philosophy, fiction – these are its specialties.

    I also shout out to Idlewild Books in Manhattan.
    Devoted to travel, organized by place and not idea.
    Filled with the spark of motion and elsewhere.

    Two small, independent booksellers who deserve attention.

  7. I would really love to recommend Slow Glass Books in Melbourne, Australia. A fantastic Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Bookstore with a cosy atmosphere and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Unfortunately, they closed doors in 2002, and although their website ( says they still operate on a mail-order basis, the site itself looks woefully out of date.

  8. Let me chime in with a favorite from outside the continent of North America, if it counts, and if anyone cares.

    The Uppsala English Bookshop, UEB, ( is the place to go for English language litterature in Sweden. It is located in a lovely old house in the historical area of town and you are greeted by a lovely fantastic smell of books as you enter. The two founders were veteran book sellers even before they founded their own shop, working for LundeQ (an old venerable book shop in Sweden’s foremost university town). Although I don’t live in Uppsala any more the staff of UEB always manage to recommend the best books for me. I haven’t told them this, but some of my earliest memories of Fantasy and SF lit was thanks to them, as a little kid I hung out in LundeQ and they would point me to the LoneWolf books, the Jack Vance and the Tolkien. When I grew older they introduced me to Iain Banks and a host of contemporary literature.

    I can truly recommend the UEB for anyone visiting Sweden and in need of great English Language books.


  9. My favorite English Language Bookshop is:

    In Paris: the Red Wheelbarrow Rue Saint Paul in “le marais”, The canadian lady knows her books, accepts to take risks (She accepted to sell “the girls of ryhad” upon my recommendation :-))

    And has a very varied mix of english literature, books for kids, political science, etc…
    From all types of “english”, English, American, Indian, Banglaseshi, Singapori, etc…

    In Prague: You can go the shakespeare and Sons, a spiritual offspring of shakespeare & Company in Paris (my second favorite english bookstore in Paris)

  10. Yay! I was wondering what happened to that story! Looking forward to read the rest of it (in thrity or so years, after I finish Quicksilver. 4 months so far and only 300 pages to go!)

  11. So is there an RSS feed or e-mail system for the serialization? Because as much as I enjoyed the first chapter, I can guarantee I’m not going to remember to check it next week.

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