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By Alex Rollin:

Fiction! Fiction fires the imagination, and allows us to review past from a safe distance, or to look to the future with our own perspective and share it with the world.

At essence, sharing our personal work is one of the oldest P2P exercises. We write down what we see in our imagination and tell a story that others can take in. When they take the story in they are connecting in some way with our imagination, and something new is then again created, the interpretation of the 'reader' or 'viewer' or 'listener,' as the case may be.

Change is a constant when it comes to the ways that creative works are produced. Authors have choices over new tools, environments, and all manner or ancillary services related to their task. This section deals not only with the final product, the creative work, but also the ways that authors are engaging P2P methods and processes in order to create novel works.

  1. Works of Fiction
    1. What are some of the works of fiction that are being created drawing on P2P Themes or where P2P Coordination was employed in their creation?
  2. Format for works
    1. In what formats are works being created drawing on P2P Themes or where P2P Coordination was employed in their creation?
    2. Are there cases where Peer Property [] is implicit in the format?
  3. Production of Works
    1. How are fiction works being created using P2P Coordination?
    2. Are there individuals, groups or organizations that are using P2P Coordination to create works of fiction?
  4. Authorship
    1. What authors focus on P2P Themes or use P2P Coordination in the production of fworks of fiction?
    2. Are there recurring P2P Coordination methods in the ways authors are producing works of fiction?
  5. Society
    1. Are there movements, groupings, or categories of works that focus on particular P2P themes?
    2. Are there P2P themes or P2P Coordination methods that are being 'picked up' and used or reused widely in society?
    3. What are some of the commons P2P Themes addressed in fiction works?
    4. How are P2P themes in fiction works being remixed? Are there P2P Coordination methods involved in the remixing?
  6. Fiction works as personal property, in Collections, and in the Commons
    1. How is Peerproperty influencing the distribution, manufacture, andor replication of creative works of fiction?
    2. What are the trends in how people access works of fiction that draw upon P2P Themes or which use P2P Coordination methods for production?

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Proposed Subcategories

Some potential subcategories might be:

  • P2P Themes in Creative Works of Fiction
  • P2P Coordination Methods for Production of Creative Works
  • Fiction Books with P2P Themes

Key Resources

  1. Shareable Futures: Shareable magazine has a series of s-f fiction stories by Bruce Sterling and others, featuring futures based on sharing and sustainability
  2. Cory Doctorow: Technology Can Be a Force for Liberation. Introduction to the Persian edition of the science fiction novel Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, London, June 2008
  3. Delicious tags for updates at,

Reviews by P2P Foundation Collaborators

  • Kevin Carson reviews
  1. The Makers by Cory Doctorow,
  2. The Caryatids. Bruce Sterling,

Key P2P Fiction

Science Fiction

  1. Makers. Cory Doctorow. The second industrial revolution -- at the micro scale.
  2. Daemon and FreedomTM. Daniel Suarez. A second American revolution enabled by software. Resilient communities.
  3. Islands in the Net. Bruce Sterling. City state warfare (Singapore vs. Grenada).
  4. Snow Crash. Neal Stephenson. Post nation-state thinking. "Burbclave" city states vs. "Fedland" (a bureaucratic nightmare of what's left of the gov't) vs. Criminal corporate franchises.
  5. The Diamond Age. Neal Stephenson. Nanotech warfare. Nanotech future dissolves global social systems. People respond by recreating historical cultures to give meaning to their lives.