An Evening with Cory Doctorow: Techno Thriller

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In conversation with Martha Lane Fox.

This is an in-person only event in the British Library Piazza Pavilion. 

Toronto-born and LA-based science fiction author, activist and journalist Cory Doctorow is one of the most vital voices of our age: provocative, tech savvy and inspiring. At this event in conversation with technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Martha Lane Fox he introduces his new eye-opening thriller about cryptocurrency shenanigans. 

Marty Hench is the most accomplished forensic accountant in town, an expert on the international money-laundering and ghost-company chicanery used by billionaires, oligarchs, and international drug cartels alike. Now he’s on the trail of a stolen key, one that unlocks an illicit backdoor to billions in crypto. It's a job that’s more dangerous than anything he’s ever agreed to before – Marty’s adversaries are implacable criminal sadists who will spill oceans of blood to get what they want. More used to being on the attack, he’ll now have to play defence and every ounce of his skill. 

'Doctorow's novels are always feasts for the imagination and the intellect, and this one is no exception: it’s jam-packed with cutting edge ideas about cybersecurity and crypto, and its near-future world is lovingly detailed and completely believable.' Booklis

Part of National Crime Reading Month 2023.

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, including science fiction Radicalized and Walkaway; How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, about monopoly and conspiracy; In Real Life, a graphic novel; and the picture book Poesy the Monster Slayer. Recent titles include Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to Little Brother; and, with Rebecca Giblin, Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets about monopoly, monopsony and fairness in the creative arts labour market (Beacon Press, 2022). In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. 

Martha Lane Fox is a businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant. In 1998 she co founded travel deal website and in 2015 founded Doteveryone, a think tank focused on championing responsible technology for all. She is a House of Lords crossbench peer, Chancellor at the Open University, President of the British chambers of commerce, chair at WeTransfer, Non-executive director of Chanel, and co-founder of @luckyvoice

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Name: An Evening with Cory Doctorow: Techno Thriller
Where: Piazza
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: From £6 – £12
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