Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Makers by Cory Doctorow (and Chiriaco Summit again)

Tonight I'm staying at the free camping area behind the General Patton Museum at Chiriaco Summit. Not a lot has changed since the last time I stayed here. There is one other RV here as well. The picture is taken from the tank garden, with my RV in the free camping area behind.

Makers is a SF novel set in the fairly near future. It is available in ebook form free from the author's web site or if you prefer you can buy the paper edition from a bookstore. I found the first portion one of the most believable near-future with a significant change I have read. (The boogie-woogie Elmo dolls that run Linux and didn't sell were a cute touch.) While the technology involved might seem the same as the typical techno-babble seen in mass-market SF to someone not in the computer industry, it is actually plausible and the details are correct. The later parts of the novel are less believable, but still internally consistent. Overall, I found this a good but not great read.