To go with my online class Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World, I started a series of posts listing companion materials in pop culture, preferably ones that are a little forgotten, have not received the attention I think they deserve, or take an unusual angle. All the better if they are available online, double-plus for free.
These are the ones I propose to accompany this week’s reading, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother. But who am I kidding — Doctorow IS pop culture incarnate! The most recent and youngest author on our reading list, he has fully embraced the age of the Internet.
- You probably already know him, even if you don’t know that you know: he is the co-editor of that shrine of Web pop culture, Boing Boing and a contributing author to Wired magazine.
- He is a champion of intellectual rights reform and open content; he offers a good deal of free content on his own Website, Craphound.com, including of course the class reading, his novel Little Brother. He often publishes his work under Creative Commons license.
- He is an occasional topic and balloonist character on the lovably nerdy Webcomic xkcd.com (for example here, here, here, here, here and here).
- The Instructables section that accompanies Little Brother, one of the sources for the Occupy Movement’s members.
- The images from the deluxe edition of Little Brother are available from artist Richard T. Wilkinson’s Flickr site.
- Video playlist: a series of clips relating to the book on YouTube, including previews from the play in 2012, interviews and readings with Doctorow, book reviews, etc.
- Works by Cory Doctorow from the Unz.org database (links to online content.)
Little Brother cover by Richard T. Wilkinson — Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.
Cartoon by Randall Munroe on xkcd.com — Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License
Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid — Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.