This moment’s brand of heroism

Canada’s online newspaper The Tyee says, “It’s times like this that a statement of optimism, in itself, can be a gutsy move.”

Toronto-born writer Cory Doctorow — who says he is probably a distant relative of novelist E.L. Doctorow — makes such a statement in Little Brother, a young adult novel about San Francisco hacker kids taking on the Department of Homeland Security. Little Brother is Doctorow’s first young adult publication, and like most of Doctorow’s fiction, the complete text is available for legal free download at

Somewhere between Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Anarchist’s Cookbook, Little Brother is a coming-of-age story, a how-to manual and a call to arms for technically smart, self-reliant Millennial kids to get radicalized and become a movement, opposed to the fear-based politics of the post-9-11 era.