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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A Novel

Robin Sloan

This is Mat’s secret weapon, his passport, his get-out-of-jail-free card: Mat makes things that are beautiful.

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I’m really starting to think the whole world is just a patchwork quilt of crazy little cults, all with their own secret spaces, their own records, their own rules.

Books: boring. Codes: awesome. These are the people who are running the internet.

theres a grumblegear3k waiting for you at 11 jay street in dumbo. ask for the hogwarts special. hold the shrooms.

People want things to be real. If you give them an excuse, they’ll believe you.”

now it’s programmers who get to upgrade the human operating system.”

And then, on a sunny Friday morning, for three seconds, you can’t search for anything. You can’t check your email. You can’t watch any videos. You can’t get directions. For just three seconds, nothing works, because every single one of Google’s computers around the world is dedicated to this task. Make that a really, really big gun.