Topic Studios acquires film and TV rights to Cory Doctorow's new sci-fi novella 'Unauthorized Bread'

'Unauthorized Bread' takes place in a near future America where the usage of everyday technology falls under the control of corporations


                            Topic Studios acquires film and TV rights to Cory Doctorow's new sci-fi novella 'Unauthorized Bread'

Topic Studios has acquired film and TV rights to Cory Doctorow’s upcoming science-fiction novella 'Unauthorized Bread,' the first in a four-part short story series that will debut next year.

'Unauthorized Bread' takes place in a near future America where the usage of everyday technology falls under the control of corporations. Refugee Salima is thrilled to be accepted into subsidized housing in Boston but it comes at a real price: every system, including all the appliances, are locked and designed to extract as much cash as possible, from the toasters that only accept "authorized bread" to the fridges that will only permit authorized groceries.

When the situation proves uninhabitable, Salima leads a rebellion to jailbreak all the locked appliances in her building — a golden age until they are put at risk of being caught, charged, deported and in some cases, killed. The story is a thrilling cautionary tale about technological control, showing what can happen if technological advancement and class divisions continue to increase at the current rate.

“We're in the grips of a long-overdue debate over whether technology will improve our lives or destroy us,” said Doctorow, "but that debate has been oversimplified to the point of uselessness. The question isn't 'which technology is best?' but rather, 'How do we make technology that serves us, rather than exploiting us?' The answer always starts with control: if you can't control your technology, there's a good chance it's being used to control you."

Doctorow has written more than 20 novels and is professor of computer science at the United Kingdom’s Open University. 'Unauthorized Bread' will be published by Tor Books as part of a series of four short stories titled RADICALIZED in early 2019. Doctorow will serve as a creative consultant on the upcoming adaptation.

“Cory is a brilliant and outspoken writer and critic whose novels are guaranteed to make you question the deepest passions driving people — greed, love, ambition, fear. We’re excited to partner with him on 'Unauthorized Bread' to bring this sure-to-thrill series to life on screen," said Lisa Leingang, SVP of Programming at Topic Studios.