You can listen to this story on Escape Pod or read it on the website of the author, Robin Sloan.

OMG

It was bound to happen eventually and there’s potential for me to have a similar reaction with any story involving both data visualization and books. This was the single coolest story I’ve entered into TagShadow. Adding a story about visualizing the fantastic happenings at a very strange bookstore into my structure for visualizing fantastic books and stories is so meta my head might explode. It makes me feel both useful and part of something timeless, which is pretty much the point of both the story and TagSahdow.

As an aspiring writer and fan of writing and publishing and such, I firmly believe in the magical longevity earned by those that contribute to the ever more varied permutations of language and thought at the core of all fiction. Speculative fiction in particular. This story is a love letter to all of our favorite writers who have passed and a passing of the torch to those like me that weave our ideas into code. I feel a calling. The words aren’t yet clear, but I hear it. I was following it before I heard it and this just encourages me to keep following it.

You can find Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store on at least the Escape Pod and 2009 TagShadows. It exists on others, but I’ll let you find those via exploration. As I write this, I’ve not yet recalculated these TagShadows, but I’ll be sure to do that this weekend.

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