Reading/Listening tipp: „When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth” by Cory Doctorow

This week, I finally had the time to listen to Cory Doctorow’s podcast of „When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth”. What should I say. I was flabbergasted. I expected a mildy amusing story of some kind, but what Cory delivered was an excellent short stories I read/heard for a long time. Cory also received a Locus Award for best novelette of 2006 for this story. From his acceptance speech:

Systems administrators are the unsung heroes of the twenty first century, our tireless morlocks who keep the entire universe running. The best sysadmins I’ve met treat their jobs as holy callings. They understand that they’re keeping the infrastructure of the information age alive and functional.
„When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth” is the story of Felix and Van and their vainglorious struggle to keep the servers online as the world went offline:
It was bedlam. The cages were designed to let two or three sysadmins maneuver around them at a time. Every other inch of cubic space was given over to humming racks of servers and routers and drives. Jammed among them were no fewer than twenty other sysadmins. It was a regular convention of black T-shirts with inexplicable slogans, bellies overlapping belts with phones and multitools.
Get the story at Amazon in Corys collection „Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present”, read it online at the Rake or listen to Cory’s podcast.

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