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  1. News from the future for Wired UK

    Here’s a reading of a short story I wrote for the July, 2014 issue of Wired UK in the form of a news dispatch from the year 2024 — specifically, a parliamentary sketch from a raucous Prime Minister’s Question Time where a desperate issue of computer security rears its head:

    Quick: what do all of these have in common: your gran’s cochlear implant, the Whatsapp stack, the Zipcar by your flat, the Co-Op’s 3D printing kiosk, a Boots dispensary, your Virgin thermostat, a set of Tata artificial legs, and cheap heads-up goggles that come free with a Mister Men game?

    If you’re stumped, you’re not alone. But Prime Minister Lane Fox had no trouble drawing a line around them today during PMQs in a moment that blindsided the Lab-Con coalition leader Jon Cruddas, who’d asked about the Princess Sophia hacking affair. Seasoned Whitehall watchers might reasonably have expected the PM to be defensive, after a group of still-anonymous hackers captured video, audio and sensitive personal communications by hijacking the Princess’s home network. The fingerpointing from GCHQ and MI6 has been good for headlines, and no one would have been surprised to hear the PM give the security services a bollocking, in Westminster’s age-old tradition of blame-passing.

    Nothing of the sort. Though the PM leaned heavily on her cane as she rose, she seemed to double in stature as she spoke, eyes glinting and her free hand thumping the Dispatch Box: "The Princess Sophia affair is the latest installment in a decades-old policy failure that weakened the security of computer users to the benefit of powerful corporations and our security services. This policy, the so-called ‘anti-circumvention’ rules, have no place in an information society.

    http://craphound.com/?p=5241

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  2. Cory Doctorow: Flowers From Al

    Here’s part one of my 2003 short story “Flowers From Al,” written with Charlie Stross for New Voices in Science Fiction, a Mike Resnick anthology. It’s a pervy, weird story of transhuman romance.

    http://mostlysignssomeportents.tumblr.com/post/72469771137/heres-part-one-of-my-2003-short-story-flowers

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  3. The Right Book by Cory Doctorow read by Neil Gaiman

    From the short story collection With A Little Help.

    From http://craphound.com/walh/audiobook/download-audiobook

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  4. The Time Traveler Show — Live with Vernor Vinge

    A live show recorded at Penguicon 6.0 on April 20th, 2008. The Time Traveler interviews Vernor Vinge and Vernor reads his short story, "A Dry Martini".

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  5. The Time Traveler Show — Arthur C. Clarke Tribute

    Special Arthur C. Clarke tribute show. The centerpiece is the short story "The Hammer of God" by Clarke. It’s read by Golden Voice awarded narrator Scott Brick with Gabrielle de Cuir. Plus Arthur C. Clarke speech at the 1965 Hugo ceremony. Also commentary by Vernor Vinge, Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki.

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  6. In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka from Chatterbox Audio Theater

    A traveler to a penal colony witnesses the horrific punishment inflicted upon those who break even the smallest of laws. But when a new leader rises to power, will the merciless be treated with mercy?

    • Director: Andrew Sullivan
    • Length: 29:38 minutes

    From: http://www.chatterboxtheater.org/node/347

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  7. Short Story: Shotgun Christmas by Rob Callahan

    Performed December 19th, 2008 at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis as part of In The Loop’s holiday storytelling special, Festive Indigestion.

    From http://robcallahan.com/

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  8. Beyond Lies The Wub by Philip K. Dick

    Philip K. Dick’s first published story originally appeared in Planet Stories in July, 1952.

    A crew member of a spaceship visiting Mars buys an enormous pig-like creature known as a wub from a native just before departure.

    From http://www.archive.org/details/short_scifi_015_0905_librivox

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  9. Grandpa?

    By Edward M Lerner.

    "The lecture hall was pleasantly warm. Behind Prof. Thaddeus Fitch, busily writing on the chalkboard, pencils scratched earnestly in spiral notebooks, fluorescent lights hummed, feet shuffled. A Beach Boys tune wafted in through open windows from the quad. “And so,” he continued, “travel backwards in time would violate causality, and hence appears to be impossible.” He turned to face the class. “The problem is most commonly illustrated with the ‘Grandfather Paradox.’"

    From http://escapepod.org/2009/04/06/escape-pod-flash-grandpa/

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  10. A Logic Named Joe

    By Murray Leinster. Broadcast on Dimension X, NBC radio, 1950.

    "It was on the third day of August that Joe come off the assembly line, and on the fifth Laurine come into town, an’ that afternoon I saved civilization."

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Logic_Named_Joe

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