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Robin Sloan

The Joy of Giant, Perfect Novels: Hild by Nicola Griffith

Before I tell you about what was awesome, some context:

I became a writer on, and for, the internet. I wrote blog posts before I wrote novels, or even short stories. When I wrote, I did so conscious that my reader might at any moment get bored and close the tab. I wrote with a sense of urgency that bordered (not unreasonably) on panic.

This internet affect is palpable, I think, in my first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. In my second, Sourdough, it’s faded—but it’s still there.

The point is, I have always tended towards brevity. I have never barfed out 150,000 words, only to cut them back to 75K. I have never, ever written long.

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Series: That Was Awesome! Writers on Writing

Fiction and Anthropology: Interviewing Warren Ellis About Normal

Our friends at FSG Originals are publishing Warren Ellis’s new novel Normal in four weekly digital installments. The first installment came out on Tuesday and is available wherever e-books are sold. Each week, will host a discussion between Warren and a new writer about that week’s episode. This week, it’s Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Robin, take it away!

In a forest in the Pacific Northwest, there is a facility where professional futurists come to renew themselves when the task of staring into the years ahead has taken its toll.

They do not always come willingly.

So begins Normal, the new novel from Warren Ellis that is being published by FSG Originals as a four-part digital serial. The first part was released last week; the second is imminent.

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