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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
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Aug 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: recent-favorites, books-about-books, collect-picks
Read from October 07 to 11, 2012

mr. penumbra's 24-hour bookstore is about: books, bookstores, the internet, google, e-readers, ebooks, audio books, hackers, programmers, designers, piracy, data visualization, puzzles, fonts (yes, fonts! hahaha), secret society, dungeon-and-dragon-esque quests, creativity, friendship, the past, the future, life, and immortality. super modern, geeky, and fun! i really enjoyed this.
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Robin Sloan
“Have you ever played Maximum Happy Imagination?"
"Sounds like a Japanese game show."
Kat straightens her shoulders. "Okay, we're going to play. To start, imagine the future. The good future. No nuclear bombs. Pretend you're a science fiction writer."
Okay: "World government... no cancer... hover-boards."
"Go further. What's the good future after that?"
"Spaceships. Party on Mars."
"Star Trek. Transporters. You can go anywhere."
"I pause a moment, then realize: "I can't."
Kat shakes her head. "It's really hard. And that's, what, a thousand years? What comes after that? What could possibly come after that? Imagination runs out. But it makes sense, right? We probably just imagine things based on what we already know, and we run out of analogies in the thirty-first century.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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