Cory Doctorow, an outreach coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), well-known blogger and science fiction writer will give a public talk about copyright and EFF Thursday.

Doctorow works on policy research, participates in standards bodies, and works to enlist the support of other organizations in EFF’s issues. Previously, he was a software entrepreneur, co-founding a company called OpenCola.

He is also an award-winning author. At the 2000 Hugo Awards, Doctorow won the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction writer. His first novel, “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” was recently published by Tor Books.

In an unusual arrangement with his publisher, Doctorow also makes the book, which founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said is his favorite SF novel, available for free download.

His second novel, “Eastern Standard Tribe,” is due out March 1.

His talk, “EFF and Copyright,” will begin at 3:30 PM in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Room on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.