In 2009, Seth recommended "Makers" by Cory Doctorow and said...
Cory's back, and this sprawling, compelling science fiction romp is even more than you might expect. He is a worthy successor to Robert Heinlein, and when I read his ideas about bottom up innovation, crowdsourcing and the new economy, they have even more power in fiction than they do in the stuff I often read. I cried a little at the end.
Seth also recommended the book again in 2013 and said:
Images that won't let you go... like all of the very best science fiction, it makes the speculative concrete.
What others thought about "Makers"
3.7 rating based on 5,787 ratings (all editions)
From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, a major novel of the booms, busts, and further booms in store for America
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.combomb 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.
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