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May 15, 2008

Little Brother on the New York Times bestseller list
Posted by Patrick at 12:33 PM *

Debuting at #9 in the kids’ section, on May 25, 2008.

At Tor, we’re celebrating by finding security cameras, and shooting them out.

Comments on Little Brother on the New York Times bestseller list:
#1 ::: Alex Cohen ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 12:42 PM:

REDACTED (that is, you forgot to close your strikethrough).

#2 ::: Alex Cohen ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 12:43 PM:

Okay never mind.

Hooray for Cory and Tor!

#3 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 12:43 PM:

1. Let me be the first to congratulate you and New York Times Bestselling Author Cory Doctorow.

2. I think you forgot to close the <strike> tag at the end there.

#4 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 12:44 PM:

Rats. I didn't get either one.

#5 ::: will shetterly ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 12:45 PM:

The strike-out's an amusing effect though: it says Making Light's future will be different, but its past will not be forgotten.

#6 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 12:46 PM:

It's what happens when you type "s href=" instead of "a href=".

#7 ::: Zak ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 01:02 PM:


#8 ::: punkrockhockeymom ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 01:09 PM:

Congrats! And squee!

Puppy's been telling all of his friends to buy it. I thought he would pass it around, but he said, "It's my HARDCOVER, Mom, they can get their own."

#10 ::: John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 01:22 PM:

YAYYY. Congrats!

#11 ::: Dan Hoey ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 01:43 PM:

Neat! Now I just have to get to the damn bookstore and buy my copy.

First YA I've seen with that word on the cover.


#12 ::: Sylvia Li ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 01:44 PM:

Congratulations from me, too, to both the author and the editors!

#14 ::: Michael Weholt ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 01:59 PM:

Congrats! Gizmohappies for you and Cory!

#15 ::: LauraJMixon ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 02:22 PM:

Grinning like a fool. Great book. Great news.

#16 ::: Chryss ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 02:24 PM:

O frabjous day! Just bought it for my niece who turns 14 today...

#17 ::: NelC ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 02:27 PM:

Patrick @13: Perhaps something in the binary around the border?

#18 ::: NelC ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 02:35 PM:

Me @17: Binary coded ascii: "Don't trust any bastard over 25."

#19 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 03:02 PM:

I congratulated New York Times Bestselling Author Cory Doctorow on his new name, which is one word longer but two characters shorter than Poesy Emmeline's.

#20 ::: Vance Maverick ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 03:38 PM:

11: Could the word be "techno-geek"?

#21 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 04:01 PM:

That's deeply cool!

#22 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 04:05 PM:


The entire Rhode Island public library system only has four copies (soon to be seven, if I'm interpreting the information correctly), so tomorrow I'm taking my copy to my local branch and making a demanddonation.

#23 ::: albatross ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 04:06 PM:

Teresa #19: But how will this affect Cory's current blogging-wear? Will he have to add a medal? Maybe get a bigger, more colorful hot air baloon?

Congratulations all around. Yes, I'm going to have to go buy this book, soon. Maybe I'll give it to my goddaughter[1] when she visits, though she's more into horror than SF.

[1] Who has still not bought into the idea that being good at math and science are reserved for either boys or white kids. I'm kinda interested in encouraging this to continue....

#24 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 04:21 PM:

Erik V. Olson introduced me to Cory last night at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. About 45 people attended the reading. Mr. Doctorow was in fine form, and the audience was full of lively questions.

#25 ::: mcz ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 04:58 PM:

Congratulations to Cory, Patrick and Tor!

#26 ::: Tania ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 05:34 PM:

Yay! w00t! Huzzah!

It's still sitting in my TBR stack. But I'm getting there. Glad to have contributed to the sales numbers.

#27 ::: K.C. Shaw ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 05:35 PM:

Oh, congratulations! And richly deserved too--I loved the book and I'm giving a copy to my brother for his birthday in a few weeks. I was going to give him my copy, but I think I have to keep it and get him his own.

#28 ::: Tania ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 06:51 PM:

Any word on translations? I have a friend that teaches Spanish, and we're IMing right now. She's laughing about her students getting around the firewalls at the school, and I suggested Cory's book as an assignment next year. She said if it comes out in Spanish, she'll do it.

That's at least 30 sales of a Spanish language version... ::grin::

#29 ::: Chris ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 08:09 PM:

This awesome because it truly is one of the finest works of fiction I have ever read.

#30 ::: Adam Rakunas ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 08:27 PM:

See? Giving away free copies of your book does affect sales after all!

I hope every Pixel-Stained Technopeasant is rejoicing to this news, and that our adversaries are choking on their bile.

#31 ::: Tam ::: (view all by) ::: May 15, 2008, 08:46 PM:

I bought this right away (I thought I'd better, as you never know if it might be considered a terrorist threat). Glad it's gone over so well!

#32 ::: Eileen Gunn ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 03:14 AM:

WTG! Congratulations all around!

#33 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 07:43 AM:

Congrats all!

#34 ::: Ken MacLeod ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 09:11 AM:

Molto congrats!

On a related matter, today's online Counterpunch has an interesting report on a the third FBI conference on an under-rated threat: agroterrorism. The sky is falling because too many people raise chickens. (On the chicken threat: are you a hawk or a dove?) Then there's the lettuce menace. Great stuff. Little Brother-relevant quote: 'When everyone is a terrorist, no one is."

#35 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 09:58 AM:

There's definitely something a bit creepy about the pressure towards agricultural regulation. Britain has had two foout-and-mouth disease ourbreaks in the 21st Century. The first came about because of a major failure at a farm (though nobody has ever been able to explain how the virus got there in the first place--imported meat is one likely source), and the farmer ended up in court.

The second outbreak came about because of a major failure at a laboratory site jointly run by the government and a major pharmaceutical company, and I've not yet heard of any prosecution.

Similarly, pesticides are tightly regulated, if you're a farmer. Don't put them in the same building as foodstuffs. But if you're a gardener, go to the supermarket and throw them in the shopping trolley with the groceries.

To be honest, there wasn't much terrorism visible in that report. It sounded as if the people were accepting the terrorism angle to help get money to prepare for the real risks, such as bird flu. But nobody dares to admit the corporate elephand in the middle of the room, farting over the buffet table.

#36 ::: Jo Walton ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 03:56 PM:

Well done!

#37 ::: Melinda Snodgrass ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 07:26 PM:

Bravo. What wonderful news for Cory and for Tor. I hope the book becomes a subversive read in every junior and senior high in the country. Maybe the kids will help us get our country and Constitution back.

#38 ::: John Chu ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2008, 08:03 PM:

Woo hoo! I have my copy sitting next to me ready to read. (I have to crit a novel for my writing group first.) I heard the first chapter on Mur Lafferty's podcast. It sounds like it'll be a fun ride.

#39 ::: Kathryn from Sunnyvale ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2008, 08:15 PM:

Wow: a bestseller last week, and now Trendily Mainstream.

(On frugal travel in Toronto)
"...Queen Street West is not, however, solely a yuppie playground. Plenty of less upscale businesses thrive among the boutiques, including Bakka Phoenix Books, which was founded in 1972 and calls itself the oldest science-fiction bookstore in Canada. Bakka Phoenix isn’t just for geeks — Toronto sci-fi can be quite literary (see Margaret Atwood) and trendily mainstream (see Cory Doctorow)."

#40 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2008, 09:00 PM:

Lathryn @ 40... Bakka is back on Queen Street?

#41 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2008, 09:11 PM:

Wow. Go, Cory! Go, Tor!

#42 ::: John A Arkansawyer ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2008, 09:45 PM:

You know, I'd been tracking Google News for mentions of the book, and worrying because I saw so few reviews. I'm feeling just a little silly about that now.

#43 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2008, 10:18 AM:

Serge #41: Lathryn? C'est un mot canadien peut-être?

#44 ::: Sylvia Li ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2008, 01:59 PM:

Serge #41: Their web site says yes.

#45 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 06:43 AM:

Sylvia Li @ 45... Thanks. I left Toronto in January 1989, to move to the USA, and never went back, but my wife flew there for a couple of cons since then. My understanding was that Bakka had moved closer to Yonge Street.

#46 ::: Cory Doctorow ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 09:05 AM:

Bakka was originally across from Metro Ref on Yonge St, north of Bloor. Then they moved into their long-standing (decades!) location at 282 Queen West, near Soho; then, in the late 90s, to Yonge Street north of Wellesley, underneath Glad Day Books; then, a couple years ago, to Queen St West, west of Bathurst!

#47 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 09:27 AM:

Cory Doctorow @ 47... Thanks for the clarification about Bakka. The 282 Queen West is the one I was the most familiar with because I lived in Toronto(*) from 1986 thru 1988. I think they still had the plane from The People that Time Forgot hanging from the ceiling by then.

(*) Actually, I lived in Scarborough, but it was at the very end of Queen Street, right next to Toronto, and almost next door to that water filtration plant that's been used in TV shows as the HQ for various evil organizations, such as the ones in Pretender and Mutant X.

#48 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 11:45 AM:

Serge @48, arrr, the old water filtration plant = Evil Organisation HQ trick!  Wasn't it the old Windscale Nuclear Plant = Evil Organisation HQ variation that Blake's 7 used?  One hopes that didn't affect their health.

And I heard someone somewhere mention the possibility of, either a remake, like BSG or Dr Who, or maybe a film. of B7. Has anyone else heard ought (or aught?) of this?

#49 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 12:50 PM:

Why is it that whenever Cory posts on his own godsdam blog about his own godsdam life and his own godsdam book, the godsdam CATFOTFICs come out to complain? Here is a case in point.

#50 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 05:00 PM:

Xopher @#50: agreed, WTF?

Nice acronym, by the way. It's more elegant than the term I use.

#51 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 05:11 PM:

I thought I invented it, but it turns out that another commenter came up with it a week earlier. His name is before mine in the alphabet, too.

The thread cited there is no longer an example, due to the moderator clearing out the CATFOTFIC posts.

#52 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 09:18 PM:

Xopher, Mary Dell: So..the inevitable but cursed question comes to my mind: when there's CATFOTFIC, and it devolves into flaming (as they do), will that become known as CATFIGHTFIC? Or perhaps CATFOUGHTFIC?

Or...even better..a HISSY FIT?

No..wait: a CATASTROPHE! With attendant CATERWAULING!

Clearly, I have been in the CATNIP again. Quick, send me to the CAT scan.

#53 ::: John A Arkansawyer ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2008, 09:39 PM:

Ginger @ 53: Someday, when the epic story of Trresa d'Sembouler is told, and her victory over those particular forces o'evil is told, will it be CATFOTFICFIC or METACATFOTFICFIC?

#54 ::: Spherical Time ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2008, 08:10 PM:

Hah! I think my work is done.

Kudos and congratulations, Cory!

#55 ::: John A Arkansawyer ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2008, 09:52 PM:

Our city library system did not have copies on order. When I took the daughter to storytime tonight, I asked about the book. Mentioning the Times list seems to have helped. We'll see.

#56 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 24, 2008, 12:51 PM:

Did it get a second week? A third? Inquiring minds want to know.

#57 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: May 29, 2008, 11:08 PM:

I'm not sure the above is spam, but WTF? Did she just google for "New York Times bestseller" and post on the first thread that appeared?

#58 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: May 29, 2008, 11:50 PM:

I assumed that it was probably meant to be posted over on the 'A Fast Note on Stroke' thread. But it's a bit odd in either case, and tho' there isn't a link to the book or a related site, it is clearly like an advertisement, naming the book and author with supporting sites, but could also be seen as a genuine enthusiastic recommendation.

#59 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: May 30, 2008, 03:03 AM:

It's spam. I've just seen it, word for word, on BoingBoing. I have no idea how it's supposed to work, but it isn't going to do it here.

#60 ::: John A Arkansawyer ::: (view all by) ::: May 30, 2008, 09:12 AM:

And it's an odd subject for spam, since the talk referenced in it got great coverage. Why mess up a perfectly good viral video with a clumsy marketing campaign?

#61 ::: mythago ::: (view all by) ::: May 31, 2008, 01:06 PM:

Just finished Little Brother, which my extremely fussy thirteen-year-old (the one who liked Tacitus) thought was, and I quote, "full of 100% organic awesome and free-range WIN."

I too liked it, although when I started reading it I had a few thoughts, in this order:

1) Marcus is kind of annoying.
2) Well, duh, he's a teenager.
3) And you're old. He's not talking to you, dumbass.
4) Neither is Cory Doctorow. This is a YA book, remember?

After that it was smooth sailing.

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