By Robin Sloan

From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour bookstall, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of ways 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 unparalleled subway tunnel is being equipped less than the bay. in the meantime, south of town, orchards are quick giving approach to a brand-new equipped on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has no longer arrived in San Francisco searching for loose love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving reproduction of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious quantity that has introduced and misplaced nice fortune for somebody who has owned it. The final list of the booklet locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century prior, and on that scant little bit of proof, Penumbra’s college 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 target than whilst he begun. yet past due one evening, after one other day of dispiriting lifeless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour bookshop, and the chances ahead of him extend exponentially

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We kicked the Brits out and you in, and you had damn-all to do with it. Second, if we drill for oil and carry off a few paintings, it doesn’t have a goddamned thing to do with your liberty. We don’t care. Do whatever you like, just stay out of our way. Right? ” Jefferson sat down. Sutherland meekly poured him another glass, which he drank off at once. “I cannot understand you,” he said. ” “But we’re not,” Rice said. “It’s this way. History is like a tree, okay? When you go back and mess with the past, another branch of history splits off from the main trunk.

He took a deep, exhausted breath. ” 042 MOZART IN MIRRORSHADES Toinette cracked off a square of Hershey’s chocolate and pointed to the magazine. “I want the leather bikini,” she said. “Always, when I am a girl, my goddamn mother, she keep me in the goddamn corsets. ” Rice leaned back across her solid thighs and patted her bottom reassuringly. He felt wonderfully stupid; a week and a half of obsessive carnality had reduced him to a euphoric animal “Forget your mother, baby. You’re with me now. ” Toinette licked chocolate from her fingertips.

Oh, for God’s sake,” Rice said. “Of course we do. What about the radios and the magazines and the medicine we hand out? ” Sutherland said. Rice locked eyes with Jefferson. Slowly, Jefferson sat down. “Look,” Rice said, relenting. “We don’t mean to be unreasonable. Maybe things aren’t working out just the way you pictured them, but hey, that’s life, you know? What do you want, really? Cars? Movies? Telephones? Birth control? ” Jefferson pressed his thumbs into the corners of his eyes. “Your words mean nothing to me, sir.

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