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Author Cory Doctorow
Language English
Genre Hard science fiction
Published Unpublished (Tor Books)

/usr/bin/god was a planned hard science fiction novel by Cory Doctorow, originally intended to be published by Tor Books.[1] The story was to involve an out-of-control artificially intelligent spam filter,[2] nerd culture,[3] Extropian cultists, and "the end of the world",[4] and evolved in part from an expansion of one of the author's earlier stories, 0wnz0red.[3]

In a June 11, 2008 interview with The Onion's A.V. Club, Doctorow stated that the book was "on the shelf more or less permanently, although it might be resurrected at some point".[5]

Doctorow hosts a 2,000-word excerpt from the book on his website, in which a character is verbally abused at a job interview.[6]


  1. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2003-11-26). "Yesterday, I had the flat-out most amazing day of my writing career". Doctorow Mailing List. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  2. ^ Mone, Gregory (2004-08-17). "Is Science Fiction About to Go Blind?". Popular Science. p. 2. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007. [...] Doctorow mentions the original title for one of the novels he’s working on, a story about a spam filter that becomes artificially intelligent and tries to eat the universe. “I was thinking of calling it /usr/bin/god.” 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Glenn Otis (2005-08-01). "Interview with Doctorow". Creative Commons. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007. But now I’m working on a new novel, whose (admittedly sucky) working title is “/usr/bin/god.” It’s about Singularity mysticism and nerd culture, which is full of issues from my work with the EFF. It’s a sort of expansion of “0wnz0red,”[...] 
  4. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2003-05-19). "Rights and Wrongs". Telephony Online. Retrieved 5 December 2011. Two novels in progress: [...] and ‘/usr/bin/god’ (Extropian cultists and the end of the world). Some other stuff. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Tasha (2008-06-11). "Cory Doctorow / The A.V. Club". The Onion. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  6. ^ 2,000-word excerpt.

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