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The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Outspoken Authors) Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Jimmy is a transhuman boy, genetically engineered to be as close to immortal as you can get. The wumpuses are ravenous mechanical monsters who consume any non-organic matter they find and recycle it into arable soil. Meanwhile, Jimmy's father is actually trying to preserve Detroit, the last standing city in the United States, as a historical artifact.
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is the latest installment in the wonderful Outspoken Authors series by PM Press. In addition to the title novella, the book also contains the text of Cory's "Creativity vs. Copyright" address to the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention, and a scintillating interview conducted by Terry Bisson. I don't use the word "scintillating" very often: this really is an excellent, informative, fun conversation between two sparkling minds, and its inclusion adds considerable value to the book. The main course, however, is of course the grim but wonderful title novella.
The central theme Doctorow is playing with throughout The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is progress, or maybe more exactly, progress versus change. As Jimmy puts it: "[...] we didn't have "progress" anymore. We'd outgrown progress. What we had was change.Read more ›
Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow - 3 out of 5 stars
To begin, I love the Carousel of Progress - the ride that the story that is central to the piece. My favorite ride that I was ever on was when I went to Disney as an adult and the carousel got stuck about ¾ of the way through. It was an incredible experience - being stuck on the carousel of progress near the conclusion, and being unable to get off. We sat in the dark as the family of tomorrow repeated their final moments over and over and over again, the oven exploded over and over and over again, and the droning of the song, over and over and over again. It was both the most perfect nightmare and the most beautiful irony I have ever experienced in my life. It was amazing.
Of course, I picked the book up because I know about Doctorow, and wanted to see what he did with a story surrounding this iconic American institution. Frankly, I loved it, except for one major element and that is the heavy handed science fiction action sequences that seemed to be overbearing and leave too much to the imagination. As someone who likes the genre and only likes to read the pieces with subtle elements (there are a lot, but think Solaris, IQ84, and others) and allow the characters to drive the narrative. The action sequences were off-putting to me, and really were vague and elementally flat.Read more ›
This is an original and imaginative view on the post apocalyptic genre. It's an interesting world with intriguing features that are not well explored. The story felt rushed and the ending was abrupt. It has the makings of a very interesting work, but turns out to be very disappointing.
I will look for more from Mr. Doctorow with very high expectations, as always, and hope not to be so disappointed next time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought the ending didn't live up to all the hype he has received. Felt as if he just didn't have any more time had to meet a deadline a wrote a quick dumb ending of the bookPublished 12 months ago by Lumbrjax
What begins in a what first appears to be a familiar Detroit ends in a very unfamiliar Florida. What lies is in between is amazing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dave Carver
A decent book, with the copyright essay being much stronger than the story itself. Based on reviews of his other books, I'll definitely check out some of his other works.Published 13 months ago by ManInBlack
Cory Doctorow, your writing is so nicely done, but the subject matter is beneath you. I'm waiting for something more weighty, richer, deeper than a filmy sci-fi takeoff and a few... Read morePublished 15 months ago by JS
The look at the future world was interesting, the story lacking and never went anywhere.Published 20 months ago by J. Aumir
Doctorow's stories are always worthwhile, if not easily parsed. Worth more than the $0.99 ebook price of the book itself, is the included transcription of CREATIVITY VS. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some good sci-fi ideas - but not his best writing. Check out For the Win for a great Doctorow story.Published on July 16, 2014 by Kimberly Huber
this is the first Cory Doctor's novel (novella?) I've read. I enjoyed the story, but was definitely confused throughout. I'll read more by him to make up my mind.Published on April 8, 2014 by Kindle Customer