Robin Sloan

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Robin Sloan is the author of the novels Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and Sourdough. He grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between the Bay Area and the internet.

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Robin Sloan You would see two relatively small bookcases both packed to overflowing. After letting my library get out of control -- you really feel it when you…moreYou would see two relatively small bookcases both packed to overflowing. After letting my library get out of control -- you really feel it when you move, and two-thirds of your boxes are books, and they're the heaviest boxes, too -- I've settled on a system that's roughly "one in, one out." So, the books will pile up and spill out from the shelves, and then I know it's time to do a purge. I like the idea of books in motion; I think a book is happiest when it's being passed from one person to another.(less)
Robin Sloan This is always a good question. I really only made progress as a writer when I started publishing short stories—some of them very short indeed, just a…moreThis is always a good question. I really only made progress as a writer when I started publishing short stories—some of them very short indeed, just a couple thousand words. (And keep in mind these were self-published: on my website, in Amazon's Kindle Store.)

I think the feeling of *finishing* something is very healthy and productive. It's also addictive. It's very very difficult to finish an entire novel when you're an inexperienced writer. (It's difficult even when you're an experienced writer.) A 2,000-word story is a lot more tractable. And if you can write a 2,000-word story, you can certainly write a 4,000-word story… and if you can write a 4,000-word story, you can write 6,000… and you just keep going, until suddenly you're writing novels.(less)
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Treasured Subscribers

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This is an excerpt from a recent message to my email list, known as the Society of the Double Dagger, currently 12,000 subscribers strong. I send these messages infrequently and I try to make each one feel like a note from a friend. I've never cross-posted one before, and I don't intend to start, so if this feels like the kind of thing you'd like to receive, I invite you sign up at my web... Read more of this blog post »
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It's been a long time since I was so happy reading a book this fat, and even longer since I was so sad to see it end. But! -- it took a gloriously long time to get there. HILD is a thick one. You get to the point where you're swimming in the world of ...more
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“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind. But I hope you will remember this:
A man walking fast down a dark lonely street. Quick steps and hard breathing, all wonder and need. A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes. A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.”
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“Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.”
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