Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His latest novel, New York Times Bestseller Little Brother, was published in May 2008, and his latest short story collection is Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. In 2008, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future (with an introduction by John Perry Barlow) and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now. His next novel is Makers, due from Tor Books in October, 2009.

He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, sold to OpenText, Inc in 2003, and presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc, the Organization for Transformative Works, Areae, the Annenberg Center for the Study of Online Communities, and Onion Networks, Inc.

In 2007, Entertainment Weekly called him, “The William Gibson of his generation.” He was also named one of Forbes Magazine’s 2007 Web Celebrities, and one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders for 2007.

He is presently working on a new young adult novel, FOR THE WIN (about union organizing in video games).

On February 3, 2008, he became a father. The little girl is called Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow, and is a marvel that puts all the works of technology and artifice to shame.

Dan Wojcik has organized a picnic for Mindbridge, to take place October 13th, 2007 at the Lower City Park in Iowa City, IA Shelter 11 from 10:00am to 6:00pm CST.

Why: Because someone suggested it a few months back and I had the time to set it up.
What can I expect: Sharpen up your brains because we are looking to have a multifaceted picnic folks.

10:00am Book Review: What books should you be looking at.
10:30am Fall TV Review: Look to talk about new shows like the Bionic Woman, Moonlight and Reaper. Also look for returning shows like Heroes, Eureka and Smallville
11:00am – Lunch Money Tournament (unless someone can suggest a better game!)
12:00pm – Lunch is served! (roughly)
01:00pm – Scrabble Tournament (Please bring your scrabble boards as mine is locked up in storage)
02:00pm – Tournament to be named
03:00pm – Mindbridge Meeting (general overview of what is going on)
04:00pm – Apples to Apples Tournament (once again, my copy, in storage)
05:00pm – Eat some more!
06:00pm – Go Home!

The winners of any tournament will win a fabulous prize to be determined by the budget!