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April 6, 2009

Ask Cory Doctorow A Question

Do you have a question for Cory Doctorow? Here's your chance to ask it and get an answer.

To help celebrate the launch of the brand new www.voyagerbooks.co.uk website, Harper Collins have teamed up with six SF, Fantasy and book blogs to run a series of exclusive interviews with a selection of Voyager's top authors: Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow, D. B. Shan, Raymond Feist, Robin Hobb and Stephen Hunt. The sites taking part are the equally great  Futurismic, SFF Chronicles, SFF World, Speculative Horizons and Book Geeks.

Big Dumb Object, rather excitingly, has the opportunity to question the interweb legend that is Cory Doctorow.  And that means you! If you've got a question you'd like to ask Cory then leave a comment below. As a reminder, Cory is not only a Science Fiction novelist,  but also a blogger (on some little blog called Boing Boing) and a technology activist; I'm sure you can think of interesting things to ask him on those subjects. If there's a gazillion questions I'll have to pick the ones I like best.

The deadline for the questions is 6.30 am (GMT+1) Thursday 9th April.

The interviews will go live on during the week-commencing 20th April.

Ask away....


Dear Cory,

Does your support for minimal Creative Commons IP reformism -- as opposed to a more substantive and ethical anticopyright stance -- allow you to sleep at night? Or do you simply not have a conscience?

Also, is riding everywhere in your own hot air balloon as awesome as it looks or is it really, really awesome?

Much love.

There has been a lot of talk in the SF community about the impossibility of writing near future Science Fiction due to the rate of change, yet you seem to be managing it quite nicely. Why do you think that people are saying this? Do you find it difficult? Any thoughts of a far future space opera?!

I'd like to ask Cory about his writing habits. I've read that he usually writes a page (or a couple) a day. Does he get frustrated with this pace? When he gets to the end how does he go about editing the story?

And the question I have to ask every author. What is you advice for writers trying to break into Science Fiction?

Talk of the future of publishing books often elcits a comparison to the modern music industry, where musicians give away their music but make money on gigs and merchandise. What's the equivalent for writers? Reading gigs for writers don't seem to be in as high demand as bands!