Today on the Attack Surface Lectures (8 panels exploring themes from the third Little Brother book, hosted by @torbooks and 8 indie bookstores): Sci-Fi Genre with @gaileyfrey and @ChuckWendig, recorded on Oct 16 by @FountainBkstore.

You can watch it without Youtube's surveillance courtesy of the @internetarchive:…

Or get the audio as an MP3:…

Earlier instalments in the series:

I. Politics and Protest (with @evacide and @rondeibert, hosted by @strandbookstore):…

II. Cross-Media Sci-Fi (with @amber_benson
and @jonrog1, hosted by the @booksmithtweets):…

III. Race, Surveillance, and Tech with @culturejedi
and @mer__edith, hosted by @Booksmith…

IV. Cyberpunk & Post-Cyberpunk with @NB_Chris
and @bruces, hosted by @AndersonsBkshp…

V. Little Revolutions with @TochiTrueStory and @BCMorrow, hosted by @skylightbooks…

VI. Opsec and Personal Cyber-Security, with @runasand
and @window, hosted by @ThirdPlaceBooks…

Here's a master post with all the media as it is goes live:…

And you can also get this as it's posted on my podcast feed – search for "Cory Doctorow podcast" in your podcatcher or use the RSS:…


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