The summer break (in Australia) is almost here, so my thoughts at the moment are turned towards looking for ideas for summer reading and Christmas present ideas for my own wish list!
Based on a recommendation from Anecdote, I recently used my meager earnings from click throughs to Amazon to order a copy of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson.
However, for some holiday reading I'm also looking for some interesting sci-fi to read and came across a couple of interesting Canadian writers, notable for both their stories and their approach to sharing their work via Creative Commons online:
- Cory Doctorow - in addition to writing, his European Affairs coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is the coeditor of the popular weblog Boing Boing.
- Peter Watts - who has "won a handful of awards in fields as diverse as marine mammal science, video documentary, and science fiction."
Doctorow goes to extraordinary lengths to share his work electronically - check out the different versions available for his latest book, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town.
Of course the point is that I would never have "discovered" any of these authors or blogged about them if their work hadn't been available online - a point made by many others.