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30 September - 1 October 2012

“ Some of them are working very hard indeed. [. . .] They are reading ! ”

— Robin Sloan. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Farrar, Straus and Giroux [October 2012].

This funny and utterly up-to-date novel has everything you could ask from a book : graceful turns of phrase, secret vaults, dialogue as spoken by living beings, data old and new, a plot that integrates all of the numberless threads and allusions from first page to last, and an intelligent women who says, “ Can I see the source code ? ”

In a great opening paragraph that is a nod to the essence of science fiction adventure, Clay Jannon appears