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Cory Doctorow’s new book Walkaway centers on the rise of a counterculture built on open-source technology that fabricates nearly everything from the “feedstock” provided by the refuse and wreckage of a world ravaged by climate change and economic ruin.
In a conversation with Ars, Doctorow discussed that and some of the other underlying themes that influenced Walkaway—including his previous novels, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Makers. He also talked about the role of science fiction in mapping out the future and how close we actually are to a “post-scarcity” world.
Ars: As I read Walkaway, there was sense a revisiting of some old themes for you.
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