The Improbable Library

Electric Spec, February 28th, 2017

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I've wanted to write a story about a library with a librarian as its heroine for years. Earlier attempts fell flat, so I'm pleased this story made it to publication.

I worked in my college's library when I was a student, and it's that library I'm describing in my opening paragraph:

"The moment I stepped into the library, I felt at home. Some architect must have read my mind and built a quiet, well-lit main floor that smelled faintly of old books, packed with low half-shelves and a prominent desk from where the librarian peered over fashionable black glasses. To her left, a carpeted staircase promised more floors thick with shelves."

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