Robin Sloan

Writer, Media Inventor

Between 2002 and 2012, I worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter, and at all those places, my job had something to do with figuring out the future of media. I’m the author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which started as a short story right here and is now a full-length novel published by FSG and Picador in the United States and many others around the world.

I often talk about the notion of a “Media Inventor”… so what do I mean by that? I think a media inventor is someone primarily interested in content (words, pictures, ideas) who also experiments with new formats, new tools, and new technology. The paperback pioneer Allen Lane was a media inventor. Early bloggers (WebLog) were media inventors. The indie video game scene is full of media inventors. (RiseOfTheVideogameZinesters)

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