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Cory is a persuasive little gnome.

Mercedes Lackey, explaining why she now allows Fan Works in her worlds

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian science fiction writer, blogger, and founder of the geek news site Boing Boing.

Doctorow is one of the more famous and vocal proponents of Creative Commons, and the idea that information should be shared, not protected, is a common theme throughout many of his books. All of his work is available, for free, under a Creative Commons License, on his website.

In an online chat on April 28, 2020 (edited and curated here), he named Ada Palmer, Wendy Liu, Karl Schroeder, Naomi Kritzer, Amal al-Mohtar, Tochi Onyebuchi, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Peter Watts, and Nalo Hopkinson as some of the authors who tackle technology and humanity's relationship with it in ways he admires.

If you read xkcd, you probably know him as that guy who wears a red cape and goggles.

Works written by Cory Doctorow include:


  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003)
  • Eastern Standard Tribe (2004)
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (2005)
  • Little Brother (2008)
  • Makers (2009)
  • For the Win (2010)
  • The Rapture of the Nerds (September 2012, with Charles Stross)
  • Pirate Cinema (October 12, 2012)
  • Homeland (February 5, 2013)
  • Walkaway (April 25, 2017)
  • The Lost Cause (still being written as of April 2020 - "the protagonist, a Canadian-born teen who lives with his grandfather in Burbank, California, was orphaned at eight when a zoonotic pandemic called 'rabbit flu' killed his parents in Toronto")

Graphic Novels:

  • In Real Life (October 14, 2014; illustrated by Jen Wang)
  • Poesy the Monster Slayer (July 14, 2020; illustrated by Matt Rockefeller)

Short stories, collections, and non-fiction are listed at The Other Wiki.