Pirate Cinema

Pirate Cinema

By Cory Doctorow

Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765329080, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012


From the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Little Brother, "Cory Doctorow, comes "Pirate Cinema, "a new tale of a brilliant hacker runaway who finds himself standing up to tyranny.

Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household's access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.

Trent's too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.

Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be haven't entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people's minds .

About the Author
Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling young adult novel "Little Brother", and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His other YA novels include "Pirate Cinema" and "Homeland" (2013), the sequel to "Little Brother". His adult novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web s twenty-five influencers by "Forbes Magazine" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Praise For Pirate Cinema

“Doctorow is indispensible. It's hard to imagine any other author taking on youth and technology with such passion, intelligence, and understanding.”—Booklist, starred review on For The Win

Praise for Little Brother:

“Generally awesome in the more vernacular sense: It's pretty freaking cool... He's also terrific at finding the human aura shimmering around technology."  —The Los Angeles Times

“A believable and frightening tale of a near-future San Francisco… Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions…within a tautly crafted fictional framework.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Doctorow pays homage to [1984] with an impassioned, polemical consideration of the War on Terror that dovetails with themes of teenage angst, rebellion, and paranoia ... Little Brother should easily find favor with fans of M. T. Anderson's Feed, Janet Tashjian's The Gospel According to Larry, and Scott Westerfeld's So Yesterday.” —Horn Book(starred review)

“Readers will delight in the details of how Marcus attempts to stage a techno-revolution… Buy multiple copies; this book will be h4wt (that’s ‘hot,’ for the nonhackers).”  —Booklist (starred review)