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Ride The Fire Eagle Danger Day (One Day Late)

September 26, 2009

DISCLAIMER: This post has little to nothing to do with food. Proceed with caution.

(Just in case the title of this post sounds like gibberish or the name of some silly hipster band’s new song, check this out: The Show with Ze Frank )

For this weekend’s installment of “Caitlin feels like posting some of the fun stuff she found on the internet during the week,” I present to you a wonderful short story that was featured on Escape Pod a couple of weeks ago. I’m catching up so I’m a little behind the curve on the discovery of this really fun story.

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Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store, according to its author Robin Sloan, is “a short story about recession, attraction and data visualization.” I will admit that I can be pretty geeky and a short fiction story that uses data visualization as a prominent plot element may not seem incredibly appealing to the less geeky members of the blogosphere, but, even for the non-geeks, worth a read/listen. Maybe the (short) history of the story will help entice you further. It was inspired by a tweet: “just misread ‘24hr bookdrop’ as ‘24hr bookshop’. the disappointment is beyond words.” Sloan then posted the story as a blog post. Then, rather quickly, Escape Pod picked up the story and posted an audio version. I love the interwebs.

Seriously, check this story out.

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One comment

  1. Loved it! Excellent non-culinary post in my opinion. I highly recommend everyone else listen to this to!



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