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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has presented thousands of Canadian authors for readers of all ages and literary appetites. This year's schedule includes over 200 presenters on 14 stages.
While navigating paranoia and control through digital devices and the darkweb, Cory Doctorow and Karl Schroeder’s characters are fighting for their lives and the lives of others.
Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper.
In Model Minority, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectify the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless… only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims.
Radicalized is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife’s terminal cancer. (Raincoast)
Cory Doctorow is a coeditor of Boing Boing, a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an MIT Media Lab Research Associate and a visiting professor of Computer Science at the Open University. His award-winning novel Little Brother and its sequel Homeland were a New York Times bestsellers. Born and raised in Toronto, he lives in Los Angeles.
Sura Neelin is on the run from her creditors, from her past, and her father’s murderers. She can’t get a job or a place to live, she can’t even walk down the street: the total surveillance society that is mid-21st century America means that every camera and pair of smart glasses is her enemy.
But she might have a chance in the alternate reality of the LARP games. She just needs an introduction, and the skills to play. Turns out, she has very valuable skills, and some very surprising friends. (Tor Forge)
Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and daughter. He is the author of New York Times Notable book Ventus, and acclaimed Virga steampunk space opera series. A member of the Association of Professional Futurists, Karl consults and speaks about the future as well as writing about it.