“[Science Fiction] is my home shelf, my home planet, my essential genre,” says Robin Sloan, author of FSG’s Digital Original Ajax Penumbra 1969 and its sequel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But if the genre is less of a “home planet” for you and more an alluring, distant star, Robin’s Book Bag on the Daily Beast might be the perfect place to get you on your way.
He whittled his list of all-time favorites down to a precious, superlative five. Honestly, how can you resist a book described like this?:
The hopefulness of it takes my breath away; it makes me cry. . . . Put it on the literary fiction shelf. Put it on the Holy Crap fiction shelf. Put it on every shelf. This is one of the all-time great American novels.