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Robin Sloan

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Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet. He graduated from Michigan State with a degree in economics and, from 2002 to 2012, worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter. Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore was his first novel.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Robin Sloan recommends
Woman No. 17 (2017)
Edan Lepucki
"Edan Lepucki tells her tale with preternatural clarity and total believability."
Spoonbenders (2017)
Daryl Gregory
"Spoonbenders is X-Files meets The Sopranos with a real, roaring heart."
The Ready-Made Thief (2017)
Augustus Rose
"Unexpected, categorization, unputdownable."
Autonomous (2017)
Annalee Newitz
"Annalee Newitz has conjured the rarest, most exciting thing: a future that's truly new ... a terrific novel and a tremendous vision."
Convenience Store Woman (2018)
Sayaka Murata
"This is a story about what’s normal and not, a drama played on a stage so violently plain it becomes as vivid and surprising as an alien planet. I loved Convenience Store Woman: its brevity, its details, its opinions about life."
The City in the Middle of the Night (2019)
Charlie Jane Anders
"Like a classic from another timeline… This book has notes of Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip Pullman."
The Bird King (2019)
G Willow Wilson
"The Bird King takes a time period that’s passed into cliché and makes it new and strange again. In this novel, the real runs alongside the fantastic, one informing the other, G. Willow Wilson’s eye for detail and her titanic imagination pumping together like pistons. She’s incredible. The Bird King has big things to say about states and souls, and it’s going to take you on a rollicking ride while it says them. I was fascinated and riveted and, by the end, deeply moved."
Infinite Detail (2019)
Tim Maughan
"Looping and layered, disruptive and deeply linked--Tim Maughan's unsparing tale of the internet's end is a paper internet unto itself. The native 21st-century novel is coming into view; it looks like Infinite Detail."

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