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Chicken Little (A science fiction novella) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Cory Doctorow , Franco Brambilla

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"With Chicken Little, Cory Doctorow proves that science fiction is alive and kicking. If there’s a reason for that, it’s because SF isn’t about the future at all, but about the endless capacity of human beings to evolve in extraordinary ways."
Graham Edwards, Fantasy writer

"Cory Doctorow’s novella ‘Chicken Little’ [..] does an excellent job of updating and commenting on some of the themes that informed Pohl & Kornbluth’s classic novel 'The Space Merchants'. Doctorow’s updated high-tech take on Pohl’s take on Jonathan Swift’s 'struldbrugs,' creatures who have immortality but not eternal youth, continuing to age through their extended lives, is particularly ingenious.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one show up on an award ballot next year."
Gardner Dozois, Locus Magazine

A story with a product designer, jetpacks and an immortal quadrillionaire living in a vat.

"Chicken Little" also appears in the collection "With a Little Help".


Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novels like "For The Win" and the bestselling "Little Brother".
He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

Franco Brambilla is an award-winning Italian illustrator devoted to sci-fi.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 550 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 58 Seiten
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  • Verlag: 40k (4. November 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0064EG7RQ
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's the Worms that Matter 13. November 2011
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I must admit, halfway through this story, I had decided to give it three stars. Honestly, I had difficulty seeing any point in it. But I stuck with it, and I'm glad that I did.

"Chicken Little" addresses a key problem with human nature - the bias and irrationality imposed by innumeracy, our inability to clearly understand and weigh the odds of daily and infrequent events. The result is that we frequently do stupid things, buy a lot of unnecessary products, and often allocate resources inefficiently. Modern commercial marketing and advertising relies heavily on this pervasive flaw. So, what if innumeracy could be fixed, so to speak, with a pharmaceutical? Such a breakthrough would solve a world of hurt, so it would seem.

Before I go further, I offer another admission - a large amount of my professional work deals tangentially with these ideas, those associated with behavioral economics [...]. Chicken Little goes to the heart of the science that describes this all too human flaw of innumeracy. But then it asks an important question: what if that flaw could be repaired? I understand this and thrill with it because my own professional efforts ask the same question of others and provide the guidance on how to get there.

But "Chicken Little" goes a few steps farther. Likely, few would disagree that we'd all benefit if the biases of human innumeracy could be repaired. But would repairing that flaw lead to unanticipated consequences worse than the original flaw? Does anyone have the right to impose this on anyone or everyone without consent? Who has the right to repair us, to fix that innate flaw that might just be, in fact, an essential flaw? What other enormous possibilities await at the hands of one who has that power? The drama aroused by these questions await in the second half of the story.

"Chicken Little", then, is to me what the best and most compelling science fiction is really all about - the ability to pose a question about human nature and explore the consequences of altering some aspect of that nature through technological means. The point really isn't the advanced technology. The technology is merely a vehicle that allows the reader to suspend disbelief for the season required to entertain the narrative and consider the implications posed by the author and other oblique issues, oblique issues that may be more important than those posed by the initial questions. Blasters, tri-corders, warp drives, jet packs, grass that pleasantly stimulates the nerves in skin, etc. - these serve merely as artifacts that provide the rails to carry the story along and furnish a possible future in which the important story-pivoting technology plausibly exists around which important questions revolve. They are the can opener and the table on which the can of worms is opened, but it's the worms that matter. Doctorow's "Chicken Little" is this kind of science fiction.Thinking, Fast and Slow
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short, incisive and most important: Entertaining 20. Januar 2012
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Wow where to begin? Throw together some economic psychology, a wry take on marketing, wrap it up in a neat scifi premise and you get chicken little. Short, neat and to the point.

Some of the concepts covered by Doctorow have been the subject of Harvard Business Review articles, The Economist and countless dry technical books on risk. Doctorow has turned out a great story which has a surprising depth.

Read it. Then read it again.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen What would you sell an immortal monster? 9. November 2011
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A future in which quadrillionaires can afford to be immortal by living inside vats, but becoming huge monsters maintained by people who are like little microorganisms dwelling inside them. Entire cities are devoted to the monster's life: they are the monster's life and extended body. Even business are created in order to sell them something, but what would an extremely rich immortal want?
Leon works for one of these firms and is presented with the opportunity of doing business with a centenarian quadrillionaire. But once he knows the monster's plans, would he change his mind?

Cory Doctorow creates a scary future where people are like bees taking care of their queen (king in this case), trying to please her and constructing a "better world" for her; a future world that worships wealth and immortality. However I felt the book at first slow reading wise, it took too much for setting the plot, and then, when it started to get very good, the actions and narrative were hurried (I felt that I spent too little reading the best part of the story).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oh, my , YES. 5. April 2012
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Doctorow extrapolates from present trends to give the reader a future where tremendous wealth and limitless power reside in the hands of a select group of individuals, who are, essentially, eternal. Our hero, Leon, works for a company who's only goal is to come up with something to sell to one of those wealthy people in a vat.

It's a plausible future, not quite dystopian, richly detailed. Doctorow tells his story with warmth, and humor that reminds me of Vonnegut. Without going into laborious detail, we get a good look at how things work, politically, as well as how it feels, the food, the housing, the jetpacks. (Yay, jetpacks!) I may like this even more than For the Win, and I loved that. I'm only sorry I didn't get around to it sooner.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great novella! 12. Juli 2014
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Funny, slightly surreal, and delivering a pointed insight into human nature.
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