Being booksellers can be fun, How? By virtue of working in a bookstore we are privileged to invisible filters – people who read are usually more fun to interact and play with. Yesterday morning an elderly gentleman walked in and gave us our boney by buying a copy of the Ultimate Xmen graphic novel and pointed out to a copy of the awesome Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and smiled and said its been a long time since he had seen this book in a store, well that certainly got us excited.
Are you a fan of Stephenson?
Have you read Seveneves?
Well, I have managed three fourths through the book till the chapter marked 3,000 years later – that kind of made me want to leave the book to rest for a while till I get back to it.
Did you know that Cryptonomicon kind of inspired the cryptocurrency Bitcoin?
No, it actually talked about a safe haven for data out of the control of any government set in a data center on an independent island.
Hmn (You learn something everyday)
Man picks up a copy of PK Dick’s awesome – Do androids dream of electric sheep and says this is a great book.
Did you know PKD used to write while he was under the influence (fucked outta his skull) of amphetamines?
No, that is not possible his writing is too consistent for that to have been the case.
Hmn (On some days if you listen and shut the fuck up you may learn more than you think you know – need to work on this)
Have you his book which starts with a guy having a shower to get rid of bugs that were crawling all over him? I forget the name of the book, that one was really good.
At that point of time I did not recollect that he was referring to the super awesome – A Scanner Darkly.
Warming up to the man I show him the book that I am currently reading – Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad (this book is super cool to read right now given the legalization, elections, black lives matters issues in the states), and mention that I am on currently on a golden age of SF trip.
Ask the man what he does for a living (we usually do this when people select interesting books, hell they know we are booksellers why the fuck should they not reciprocate?)
The man says he was a writer and an editor of others writing.
Oh, cool did you work for a magazine, press or a publisher?
Man gives a synchronized smile and says he was a programmer – programming is a like playing with language just like writing.
Cannot agree with the man more.
So here is our message to you old man writer and editor…
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