By Robin Sloan
From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour book place, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of the way he acquired entangled with the city’s most unique always-open enterprise…
It is August 1969. The summer season of affection is a fading reminiscence. The streets of San Francisco pulse to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. And of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is emerging a couple of blocks from urban lighting fixtures bookstall and an unheard of subway tunnel is being outfitted below the bay. in the meantime, south of the town, orchards are quick giving strategy to a brand-new equipped on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has no longer arrived in San Francisco trying to find unfastened love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving replica of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious quantity that has introduced and misplaced nice fortune for someone who has owned it. The final list of the e-book locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century prior, and on that scant little bit of facts, Penumbra’s collage has dispatched him west to obtain it for his or her library. After a number of weeks of rigorous searching, Penumbra feels no in the direction of his objective than whilst he began. yet past due one evening, after one other day of dispiriting useless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour bookstall, and the chances sooner than him extend exponentially
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