The new Humble Audiobook Bundle includes books-made-movies Fight Club, The Perfect Storm, and Strip Tease and other books, but the highlight for me is Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, a brilliant post-scarcity sci fi book by Cory Doctorow. It’s great value for a collection of audiobooks and helps two important charities, Worldreader and the EFF.
“Jules is a young man barely a century old. He’s lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies…and to realize his boyhood dream of taking up residence in Disney World.
Disney World! The greatest artistic achievement of the long-ago twentieth century. Now in the care of a network of volunteer “ad-hocs” who keep the classic attractions running as they always have, enhanced with only the smallest high-tech touches.
Now, though, it seems the “ad hocs” are under attack. A new group has taken over the Hall of the Presidents and is replacing its venerable audio animatronics with new, immersive direct-to-brain interfaces that give guests the illusion of being Washington, Lincoln, and all the others. For Jules, this is an attack on the artistic purity of Disney World itself.”