Doctorow Verbotomy: Future Language Present Tense

During the week of May 7-13 2007, we will be offering a prize to the most creative player of week. Science Fiction Author, and Information Rights Activist, Cory Doctorow (see his blog at, is giving us an autographed copy of the print edition of his latest book “Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present”. Publishers Weekly describes Cory and Overclocked with these words:

An unabashed promulgator of the Internet and its democratic potential, Doctorow explores the benefits and consequences of online systems in this provocative collection of six mostly long stories… Most “meat”-minded readers will find much to savor.
~ Publishers Weekly

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Two of my favorite stories in Overclocked are “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth” and “Anda’s Game“. I kind of work as a Sysadmin, at least for Verbotomy anyways, so it’s funny to see a SysAdmin from Cory’s perspective. And Anda’s Game is a really cool, and totally topical retake (i.e. set in the present) on Orson Scott Card’s great novel “Ender’s Game“.

Anyways, what’s really great about Cory, is that he takes the important social issues of our day, like copyright (in Printcrime) and the exploitation of third world labor systems (in Anda’s Game), and uses a Science Fiction perspective to jack-up the tension create a story that resonates with relevancy.

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This is why I am so honored that Cory is supporting Verbotomy. And as we did with Kurt Vonnegut, all definitions for Doctorow Verbotomy, will be based on the author’s stories, themes and ideas — that is Cory’s newest book, Overclocked, and his other novels.

If you are Doctorow fan, and if any of Cory’s stories have sparked your imagination, we would love you to submit your ideas for Verbotomy definitions inspired by his work. If haven’t yet read any of his work, go to his visit his website and get pdf or html version of his stories. They are fun, fast and provocative — the perfect breeding ground for verbotometric creation. We will be publishing Doctorow Verbotomies everyday next week, so visit Cory’s site at , see his work, and submit your definitions to us today!

Doctorow Verbotomy: Submit your Definition
You can submit your definition for Doctorow Verbotomy as a comment to this post, or you can use our Verbotomy definition page. (Please reference Cory Doctorow in the definition text box.) See:

You can read more about Cory and download his stories at his blog: And of course you can also get his books at your favorite bookstore.

Official Stuff:

The winner will be chosen based on the final stats on the Verbotomy Weekly Author Ranking for the week starting on Monday May 7, 2007.

Prize: Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present, signed by Cory Doctorow (Approximate Retail Value: 15.95 US plus shipping.)
Contest Start Date: May 7, 2007 at 12:01:00 am EDT
Contest End Date: May 13, 2007 at 11:59:59 pm EDT

For Weekly Author Ranking see:

For complete contest rules and regulations please see our Verbotomy Contest Rules and Regulations.

Note on Rules and Regs for members of the copyleft: I will be getting advice about updating our terms and conditions so that they can follow standards set by the Creative Commons – James