‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore’ by Robin Sloan
Is technology killing books and paper? Do we lose a little of our humanity every time we step further into a digital existence? Endless questions of this sort have accompanied the advent of the always-on Web world, and while they point to interesting issues, more often than not they are handled in an uninteresting way. So maybe it’s a sign of how tired these conversations have gotten that a new novel — not another essay or study — takes the subject and tries to tell it slant.