CNet has started a new book-club podcast, and they honored me by picking my novel Walkaway as their second-ever title.
We had a long and far-ranging discussion last week about the book and the themes it raises: disasters, economics, technological immortality, community, trolling, bohemianism, and much more (MP3).
Since a big part of "Walkaway" concerns ideas of artificial intelligence and the line between humans and machines (which becomes more blurred as the book progresses), Scott and I circle back later to talk about Blade Runner, its new sequel, and its source novel, Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," which was the subject of a recent article by our colleague Nicholas Tufnell.
The Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the 2016 nonfiction book "The Tetris Effect"), and Scott Stein, who is both a playwright and screenwriter. We'll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott.
CNET Book Club, Episode 2: 'Walkaway' by Cory Doctorow
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