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Robin Sloan - Author

About the Author

Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and has worked at Poynter, Current TV and Twitter in jobs that have generally had 'something to do with figuring out the future of media'. He has previously published short fiction in Kindle-only editions (Mr Penumbra started out as a 6000-word ebook). He lives in San Francisco.

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Sourdough

Sourdough

Author: Robin Sloan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

It's like Fight Club meets The Great British Bake Off - NPR Lois Clary is a software engineer. She codes all day and collapses at night into her sofa, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the local takeaway from which she orders dinner every evening - that is, until the brothers are forced out of business. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their famous bread. She must keep it alive, feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it. Lois is no baker, but soon, not only is she eating her own homemade, but she's initiated into a fantastical and possibly fantastically sinister underground world: a secret market that aims to fuse home-cooked food with cutting-edge technology...

Virtual Character Design for Games and Interactive Media

Virtual Character Design for Games and Interactive Media

Author: Robin Sloan, James Stuart Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2015

While the earliest character representations in video games were rudimentary in terms of their presentation and performance, the virtual characters that appear in games today can be extremely complex and lifelike. These are characters that have the potential to make a powerful and emotional connection with gamers. As virtual characters become more intricate and varied, there is a growing need to examine the theory and practice of virtual character design. This book seeks to develop a series of critical frameworks to support the analysis and design of virtual characters. Virtual Character Design for Games and Interactive Media covers a breadth of topics to establish a relationship between pertinent artistic and scientific theories and good character design practice. Targeted at students, researchers, and professionals, the book aims to show how both character presentation and character performance can be enhanced through careful consideration of underlying theory. The book begins with a focus on virtual character presentation, underpinned by a discussion of biological, artistic, and sociological principles. Next it looks at the performance of virtual characters, encompassing the psychology of emotion and personality, narrative and game design theories, animation, and acting. The book concludes with a series of applied virtual character design examples. These examples examine the aesthetics of player characters, the design and performance of the wider cast of game characters, and the performance of characters within complex, hyperreal worlds.

Emily Deschanel 56 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel 56 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Emily Deschanel

Author: Robin Sloan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/08/2014

The latest in Emily Deschanel. This book is your ultimate resource for Emily Deschanel. Here you will find the most up-to-date 56 Success Facts, Information, and much more.In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Emily Deschanel's Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Glory Road (film) - Cast, Bones (TV series) - Casting, Genesis Awards - Award ceremony, The Perfect Family (film) - Cast, Seeley Booth, David Hornsby - Personal life, Alyson Hannigan - 1997-present, 1994 in film - Film debuts, Bones (season 6) - Main cast, 1994 in cinema - Film debuts, It Could Happen to You (film) - Cast, Mary Jo Deschanel - Life and career, California Proposition 2 (2008) - Supporters of Prop 2, Rose Red (film) - Part 1, List of American film actresses - D, Emily Deschanel - Personal life, Cold Mountain (film) - Cast, Karen Dawn - Animal rights spokesperson, List of Bones characters - Temperance Bones Brennan, Bones (season 5) - Main cast, Katharine McPhee - 2009-10: Unbroken album and TV and movie projects, Bones (season 6) - DVD and Blu-ray release, Bones (TV series) - Main cast, Ivana Chubbuck - Career, Zooey Deschanel - Personal life, Boogeyman (film) - Cast, 64th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Presenters, List of Bones episodes, Bones (TV series) - Accolades, List of American television actresses - D, Boston University College of Fine Arts - Notable alumni, MCMLXXVI - October, Michaela Conlin - Television work, List of people from California - D, Satellite Awards 2006 - Best Actress - Drama Series, Emily Deschanel - Career, David Boreanaz - Career, and much more...

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Author: Robin Sloan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2014

The utterly charming prequel to the New York Times-bestseller Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. San Francisco, 1969. The summer of drugs, music and a new age dawning. A young, earnest Ajax Penumbra has been given his first assignment as a Junior Acquisitions Officer - to find the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles upon a 24-hour bookstore and the possibilities before him expand exponentially. With the help of his friend's homemade computer, an ancient map, a sunken ship and the vast shelves of the 24-hour bookstore, Ajax Penumbra might just find what he's seeking...

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Author: Robin Sloan Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbra's first trip to San Francisco-and of how he got entangled with the city's most unusual always-open enterprise...It is August 1969. The Summer of Love is a fading memory. 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 rising a few blocks from City Lights bookstore and an unprecedented subway tunnel is being built under the bay. Meanwhile, south of the city, orchards are quickly giving way to a brand-new industry built on silicon.But young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book-the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library. After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially . . .

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Author: Robin Sloan Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbras first trip to San Franciscoand of how he got entangled with the citys most unusual always-open enterprise . . . It is August 1969. The Summer of Love is a fading memory. 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 rising a few blocks from City Lights bookstore and an unprecedented subway tunnel is being built under the bay. Meanwhile, south of the city, orchards are quickly giving way to a brand-new industry built on silicon.But young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a bookthe single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbras university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library.After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially . . .

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Ajax Penumbra 1969

Author: Robin Sloan Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

From Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, the story of Mr. Penumbra's first trip to San Francisco-and of how he got entangled with the city's most unusual always-open enterprise...It is August 1969. The Summer of Love is a fading memory. 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 rising a few blocks from City Lights bookstore and an unprecedented subway tunnel is being built under the bay. Meanwhile, south of the city, orchards are quickly giving way to a brand-new industry built on silicon.But young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book-the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library. After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially . . .

Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Author: Robin Sloan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 DEBUT CATEGORY - KITCHIES PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE 2013 IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARDS SHORTLISTED FOR THE LA TIMES BOOK AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION A New York Times bestseller, Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore is an entirely charming and lovable first novel of mysterious books and dusty bookshops; it is a witty and delightful love-letter to both the old book world and the new. Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a Web-design drone and serendipity coupled with sheer curiosity has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. And it doesn't take long for Clay to realize that the quiet, dusty book emporium is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few fanatically committed customers, but they never seem to actually buy anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes perched on dangerously high shelves, all according to some elaborate arrangement with the eccentric proprietor. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his friends (and a cute girl who works for Google) and embarked on a high-tech analysis of the customers' behaviour. What they discover is an ancient secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy guarded by Mr. Penumbra himself... who has mysteriously disappeared.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Author: Robin Sloan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life-mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstoreThe Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone-and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead "e;checking out"e; impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that's rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.