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Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross to Write Authorized Atlas Shrugged Sequel

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I defy you to find a nerdier (or more pleasing) April Fool's joke anywhere on God's green Internet:

Doctorow and Stross to Write Authorized Sequel to Atlas Shrugged

Today the estate of Ayn Rand announced that they had authorized science fiction writers Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow to write an official sequel to Rand's bestselling novel Atlas Shrugged.

"Given that the original novel features an amazing new metal alloy, a secret valley protected by force field, and an unlimited new energy source, we felt that a science fiction perspective was key to carrying forward Ayn Rand's ideas," said Rand estate spokesman Perry Leikoff….

Stross, author of the Prometheus Award-winning novel Glasshouse, said that he and Doctorow (author of the Prometheus Award-winning novel Little Brother) were hesitant at first. "But then we realized that both of us shared one important trait with Ayn Rand: all three of us really, really like money. That made it much easier for Cory and I to cash the seven figure check."

The sequel, Atlas Rebound, features the teenage children of the founders of Galt's Gulch rebelling against their elders and traveling out into a world devastated by John Galt's strike, where they develop their own political philosophy with which to rebuild. That philosophy, called Rejectivism, features a centralized bureau to rebuild and control the new economy, socialized medicine, compulsory labor unions, universal mass transportation and a ban on individual automobiles, collectivized farms, a tightly planned industrial economy, extensive art subsidies, subsidized power, government control of the means of production, public housing, universal public education, a ban on personal ownership of gold and silver (as well as all tobacco products), government-issued fiat money, the elimination of all patents and copyrights, and a cradle-to-grave social welfare system.

"Plus strong encryption!" added Doctorow.

After 1,200 pages (80 of which consist of Supreme Leader Karla Galt-Taggart's triumphant address), a new Utopia is born. The final scene of the novel features the grateful citizens of the new world order building a giant statue of Atlas with the globe restored to his shoulders, upon the base of which is chiseled "From Each According to His Ability/To Each According To His Needs."

Lots more on the Ayn Rand moment here.

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36 responses to “Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross to Write Authorized Atlas Shrugged Sequel

  1. That reminds me, what was up with the Russian pseudo-Objectivists in Accelerando?

    PS With all due respect to Charlie Stross, that book sucked.

    1. You hated the talking cat, didn’t you?

      1. The only thing I liked was the talking cat (and RIAA = Mafia).

        1. You’re right; the Mafia isn’t nearly as evil as the RIAA.

          1. Wait, wrong; is it too early to claim that I’m drunk?

          2. Wait, wrong; is it too early to claim that I’m drunk?

      2. I hated everyone up to the point I put it back on the shelf. I didn’t even get to the talking cat.

  2. I love Stross’ work, but it is pretty hilarious putting him and Doctorow together for this.

    1. Atlas Gets the Heeby-Jeebies?

      1. CASE NIGHTMARE RAND

        1. Lulz, I love the Laundry books.

  3. Hahaha. I gotta admit, that’s pretty funny.

  4. qwerty,

    Add a “lol” and a link at the bottom and you look like anon bot.

    ECC PGP is the only safe way!

    1. sounds like the obama’s state of the union address

  5. “Perry Leikoff”

    Ha!

    How much you wanna bet Lenny Peikoff and company either don’t get the joke or, when they do, won’t think it’s funny?

    1. Objectivists not having a sense of humor is a vicious slander spread by those who, well, observed Ms. Rand in her daily life.

      1. I just sent it kayfabe to a friend that’s worked for the ARI, so we’ll see.

  6. I was looking for the banning of IP rights and wasn’t disappointed.

    I always found it odd how far some of the Boing Boing crew lurch left, rather than, well, up. Up to libertarian, that is.

    1. IP rights = positive rights = government granted privileges

  7. “Plus strong encryption!” for some reason reminds me of the Clipper Chip fiasco.

  8. I like the AYN onesie, but it doesn’t say Baby Bitch like a JUICY couture.

  9. we felt that a science fiction perspective was key

    My old-ass copy of Atlas Shrugged is tagged “LITERATURE/SCIENCE FICTION” for shelving. “Is this thing on?”

    And the right co-author for the premise, if you want people to fall for it, not just go “I know that writer’s name from the internet, too, so me and this jokin’ guy are the same kind of people,” is Matt Ruff.

    1/10

    1. I’m sorry, are you saying that you tag all your books at home for shelving? Not that there’s anything extremely anal about that or anything.

  10. Atlas Farted?

  11. “Toyota’s US sales jump 35.3 percent in March.”

    Damn!

    http://www.breitbart.com/artic….._article=1

    1. I saw it was 41% in a Business Week article.

      1. It’s like their forward momentum just won’t stop!

        1. Interesting that Toyota’s brand reputation seems stronger than the U.S. government’s. At least with American consumers.

  12. Here’s an equally good (and nerdy) April Fool’s joke:

    http://whenfallsthecoliseum.co…..rmandizer/

  13. “The final scene of the novel features the grateful citizens of the new world order building a giant statue of Atlas with the globe restored to his shoulders, upon the base of which is chiseled “From Each According to His Ability/To Each According To His Needs.”

    Really? ‘Cause I’d have chiseled in ” The Burden Of The American Taxpayer.”

  14. I almost fell for this, but then I realized that I knew Cory Doctorow was a total assclown, bad writer, and a Canadian to boot.

    1. “I almost fell for this, but then I realized that I knew Cory Doctorow was a total assclown, bad writer, and a Canadian to boot.”

      I think several of the early members of Ayn Rand’s inner circle were Canadian.

      I have not read any of Doctorow’s other works but I loved his novel “Little Brother”. It is intended for a YA audience but is accessible to a wide audience.

  15. I was hoping L. Neil Smith would write it….

  16. Lame. As lame as it gets.

  17. KM-W’s headline was funnier to me than the actual article, but then, i’m a tremendous nerd.

    1. If it’s third-rate Rand satire, it’s KMW’s beat. That and the great, raging mixed-drinks controversy.

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