by Cory Doctorow
Cover Artist: Photo: Jupiterimages
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312792
Date: 27 October 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In Makers, Cory Doctorow's latest work of techno-biz-dev-punk we go behind the curtain in the open-source-tech-start-up revolution that Cory has been on the front lines of since he came on the scene, to take a roller coaster ride through the ups and downs of inventing the future one great idea at a time. Cory channels Heller's Catch 22, envisioning the world as a place where there is no permanence, only new ideas progress rapidly through their life cycle from innovation to obsolescence. The cast of characters is drawn from the authors friends and the author himself and are true to life...if a bit on the narcissistic side. From official release/information:
Product Description: Perry and Lester invent things—seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the "New Work," a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups like Perry and Lester's. Together, they transform the country, and Andrea Fleeks, a journo-turned-blogger, is there to document it.
Then it slides into collapse. The New Work bust puts the dot.com bomb to shame. Perry and Lester build a network of interactive rides in abandoned Wal-Marts across the land. As their rides, which commemorate the New Work's glory days, gain in popularity, a rogue Disney executive grows jealous, and convinces the police that Perry and Lester's 3D printers are being used to run off AK-47s.
Hordes of goths descend on the shantytown built by the New Workers, joining the cult. Lawsuits multiply as venture capitalists take on a new investment strategy: backing litigation against companies like Disney. Lester and Perry's friendship falls to pieces when Lester gets the 'fatkins' treatment, turning him into a sybaritic gigolo.
Then things get really interesting.
(Source: Tor Books)