The Sir Arthur Clarke Imagination in Service to Society Awardee

Cory Doctorow

for his imaginative Science Fiction creations, and exceptional Journalism and Technology Activism

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction novelist, journalist and technology activist. He is a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate and a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.

His recent books include Attack Surface (2020), a standalone sequel to Little Brother intended for adults, Poesy The Monster Slayer, a picture book for young children (2020), the nonfiction tech/politics book How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism (2020), Radicalized (2019) and Walkway (2017), science fiction for adults; and In Real Life, a young adult graphic novel created with Jen Wang (2014).

His latest young adult novel is Homeland, the bestselling sequel to 2008’s Little Brother, which was a New York Times bestseller. His newest nonfiction book is Chokepoint Capitalism, with Rebecca Giblin, about monoposony, monopoly and fairness in the creative arts labor market, (Beacon Press, 2022); in 2023, Verso will publish The Internet Con, a nonfiction book about monopoly and radical interoperability. In 2023/4, Tor Books will publish two more science fiction novels for adults: Red Team Blues and The Lost Cause. His latest short story collection is With a Little Help, available in paperback, ebook, audiobook and limited edition hardcover. In 2011, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called Context: Further Selected Essays On Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, And Politics In The 21ST Century (with an introduction by Tim O’Reilly) and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a PM Press Outspoken Authors chapbook, was also published in 2011.

Little Brother was nominated for the 2008 Hugo, Nebula, Sunburst and Locus Awards. It won the Ontario Library White Pine Award, the Prometheus Award as well as the Indienet Award for bestselling young adult novel in America’s top 1000 independent bookstores in 2008; it was the San Francisco Public Library’s One City/One Book choice for 2013. It has also been adapted for stage by Josh Costello. He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation. He maintains a daily blog at

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Special Introduction for Mr. Doctorow by Erik Viirre

Erik Viirre, M.D. Ph.D, is a Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in the Department of Neurosciences. Working in the UCSD Health System since 1997, he treats people with vertigo, balance problems and tinnitus. Dr. Viirre’s scientific interests include vision, hearing and the vestibular system and higher cognitive function where he is extensively published and cited in the scientific literature with numerous papers, textbook chapters and patents. He has made presentations around the world to universities, corporations and government agencies.

Dr. Viirre has carried out work in a broad range of areas including neurophysiology, military medicine, human space flight, laser technology and neuroethics. Since 2019, Dr. Viirre has been the Director of the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination, a center dedicated to the Neuroscience of Imagination, and themes of Cosmology, Science Fiction and the future of Humankind. He had the privilege of meeting Sir Arthur in Sri Lanka in 2002.

At the Clarke Center, Dr. Viirre directs Human Neuroscience research and has been the co-PI and PI on microgravity space projects bringing stem cell neurons in autonomous bioreactors to the International Space Station on SpaceX flights. Dr. Viirre has had research funding from and served as a consultant for: the National Institutes of Health, the United States Navy, DARPA, NASA, the National Academies of Science and other agencies. He has been a leading participant in a variety of start-up companies, including Zero G Corporation, 3E Corporation, Otosound and Cen Inc. As Chief Medical Officer of Zero G, Dr. Viirre led the medical team that explored gravity fields with Stephen Hawking.

Reserve your tickets today and plan to hear Mr. Doctorow and our panel of Awardees at this year’s live event:

Unleash Imagination

Shape the Future

Arthur C. Clarke Awards
and the Clarke Conversation on Imagination

November 16, 2022

Embassy of France, Washington, DC
Reception, Dinner, and Awards Program

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