Homeland (Cory Doctorow novel)

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Author Cory Doctorow
Country USA
Language English
Subject Terrorism, cryptography, computer hackers, Department of Homeland Security, privacy, police state, Dystopian Young Adult Fiction
Genre Fiction / Cyberpunk
Publisher Tor Teen
Publication date
February 5, 2013
Media type Book
Pages 400
ISBN 978-0-7653-3369-8
Preceded by Little Brother

Homeland is a novel by Cory Doctorow, published by Tor Books. It is a sequel to Doctorow's earlier novel, Little Brother. It was released in hardback on February 5, 2013 and subsequently released[1] for download under a Creative Commons license on Doctorow's website two weeks later on February 19, 2013.

The novel includes two afterword essays by computer security researcher and hacker Jacob Appelbaum, and computer programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz.


  • Marcus Yallow – Main protagonist, Marcus is a college dropout who previously led the charge against the Department of Homeland Security in Little Brother.
  • Angela Carvelli (Ange) – Marcus' girlfriend.
  • Joseph Noss – Independent candidate for California State Senate. After being introduced by Mitch Kapor at Burning Man, Joe eventually employs Marcus as CTO of his campaign.
  • Carrie Johnstone – Main antagonist, Johnstone is now head of security at Zyz, a fictional military contractor.
  • Masha – A friend of Marcus, gives Marcus the docs about Carrie Johnstone's dirty work as leverage against Carrie
  • Jolu – One of Marcus' friends who helps him as he attempts to distribute the contents of the USB file Masha gives him.


Homeland is dedicated to Doctorow's wife and daughter, Alice and Poesy.[2] As in Little Brother, Doctorow also dedicates each e-book chapter of Homeland to a different bookstore: Chapters/Indigo, BakkaPhoenix Books, Barnes & Noble, Wild Rumpus, University Bookstore at the University of Washington, Mysterious Galaxy, Anderson's Bookshops, Borderlands Books, The Tattered Cover, Uncle Hugo's, RiverRun Bookstore, Gibson's Bookstore, Busboys and Poets, Politics and Prose, Books of Wonder, Powell's Books, Amazon, Forbidden Planet.

DMCA takedown[edit]

In May 2013 SF Fanzine Ansible reported "CORY DOCTOROW on the news that links to his Creative Commons licensed novel Homeland were being taken down via DMCA requests from Fox, on the basis that Fox has an unrelated tv series with the same title: 'I think you can safely say I'm incandescent with rage. BRING ME THE SEVERED HEAD OF RUPERT MURDOCH!' (TechCrunch, 21 April)"[3][4]

Technologies mentioned in the book[edit]


  1. ^ "Free CC-licensed ebook of Homeland is live!". 
  2. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2013). Homeland. Tor Books. For Alice and Poesy, who make me whole. 
  3. ^ "Ansible 310, May 2013". News.ansible.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  4. ^ John Biggs (2013-04-21). "Fox Shuts Down Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Book In Overzealous DMCA takedown". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 

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