The Rapture of the Nerds

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The Rapture of the Nerds
The Rapture of the Nerds, cover.jpg
First US edition cover
AuthorCory Doctorow & Charles Stross
GenreScience fiction
Published2012 (Tor Books)
Media typePrint (Hardcover), ebook

The Rapture of the Nerds is a 2012 novel by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross.[1] It was released on September 4, 2012 through Tor Books and as an ebook, DRM free, under the CC BY-NC-ND.[2] The book can also be downloaded for free.[3]


The novel is a fixup of two novellas, "Jury Duty" and "Appeals Court", along with a new third section, "Parole Board". The book, set in the late 21st century, takes a generally comic look at the technological singularity through the eyes of Huw, a technophobic member of a "Tech Jury Service" tasked with determining the value of various technological innovations and deciding whether to release them.[4]


Stross and Doctorow read from the book at Makerbot's former Brooklyn factory on Dean street in 2012.

Critical reception for The Rapture of the Nerds was mixed to positive,[5] with the book gaining a positive review from Quill & Quire.[6] NPR and Kirkus Reviews both gave mixed reviews, with NPR stating that when the conclusion "finally comes, feels like a simulation of a satisfying conclusion rather than the real thing".[7][8]


  1. ^ "Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross team up for "Rapture of the Nerds"". io9. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Rapture of the Nerds". Cory Doctorow. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Rapture of the Nerds" (PDF). Cory Doctorow. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Stross and Doctorow Collaborate on Singularity Novel". Forbes. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Stross fans happy, Doctorow fans less so in collaboration". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Review: The Rapture of the Nerds". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  7. ^ "You Don't Have To Be A 'Nerd,' But It Helps". NPR. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Review: Rapture of the Nerds". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 20 January 2013.

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