Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century

Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century, my second essay collection, is now officially available from Tachyon Books, and in finer bookstores everywhere. It features an introduction by the estimable Tim O'Reilly, as well as a walloping 44 essays that were previously published in various magazines, newspapers and websites. As with my other books, the whole text is available as a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA download for your remixing pleasure. I'm also in search of libraries and school that would like free copies of the book sent to them by donors.

From Tim's introduction:

Edwin Schlossberg once said “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” And oh, how we need that skill today!

In times of transition and upheaval, we are literally “off the map” of past experience that is our normal guide to what to expect and how to think about it. It’s at times like these that we need context-setters to shape how we understand and think about the changes facing us.

It was clear from the first that Cory Doctorow is one of the great context-setters of our generation, helping us all to understand the implications of the technology being unleashed around us. We are fortunate that unlike many who practice this trade, who look backward at recent changes, or forward only a year or two, Cory uses the power of story to frame what is going on in larger terms.


    1. Hi Kevin,

      Yes, audio is forthcoming.

      I’ll add a link to the “Content” audiobook page on, and Cory will probably also blog about it once I get some chapters up there.


  1. Yay! And sorta freaky. I was just thinking last week that it’s time for Cory to release another non-fic essay collection. Clearly Cory is a character in a story written by Charlie Stross as imagined by China Miéville plucked from the collective dreamtime to which I subscribe…or it’s a happy coincidence :~)

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