Review of 'Accelerando', Charles Stross, Orbit £16.99
The opening of Accelerando features Manfred Macx, who spends his time coming up with new ideas. He then copyrights them and signs over the rights to the Free Intellect Foundation. He earns nothing from this but goodwill, so they can be used by anyone. As Macx proceeds around the world, paying for nothing thanks to the grateful people he meets, he is contacted by some lobsters who were uploaded onto the internet as part of an experiment by the Russian government and have evolved into sentient beings. The lobsters want freedom - Macx engineers this, and sends them out into space.