A little Sunday reading: "Mr. Penumbra's Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store," one of several wonderful short stories by San Francisco writer Robin Sloan. It's sort of like magical realism for techies:
Back at Supply and Demand. The air is crackÂling with wi-ââfi; Kat and I are havÂing the only spoÂken conÂverÂsaÂtion in the entire place.
She's wearÂing the same red-ââand-ââyellow "BAM!" t-ââshirt as yesÂterÂday, which means a) she slept in it, b) she owns sevÂeral idenÂtiÂcal t-ââshirts, or c) she's a carÂtoon character--all of which are appealÂing alternatives.
I don't want to come out and conÂfess that I work at the offiÂcial book store of the da Vinci Code, but I do want her mega-ââbrain applied to this probÂlem. So I just play the visualization.
"You made this last night?" she says. "Impressive."
We watch the lights curl around each other. We watch again. And again.
Thanks for the link - that was engrossing.
Thanks for posting this. I love books and stories about books, and this one's a keeper.
You can also listen to an audio version of it here: http://escapepod.org/2009/09/10/ep215-mr-penumbras-twenty-four-hour-boo…