“When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth”, a comedic sci-fi story by Cory Doctorow, has just won the Locus Award for best novelette of 2007, so publisher Baen Books has done precisely what the market demands of a high-quality, highly desired item — it’s giving it away online! (Welcome to wikinomics, net-noobs.)

Doctorow is the driving force behind the powerhouse Web-culture blog BoingBoing (among several other pursuits, notably as a copyfighter), and Baen is the perversely generous publisher that gives some of its best stuff away online. Together you get a cheap and easy way to while away the hours normally consumed watching status bars eke forward during software upgrades. Enjoy!