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About Robin

It's me!

I’m the author of the novels Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a New York Times Best Seller published in 2012, and Sourdough, a non-New York Times Best Seller but still very good book published in 2017. In addition to those, I’ve produced an assortment of short stories and odd-shaped internet projects. My 2009 novella Annabel Scheme was an early Kickstarter success and still claims a special place in my heart. My app Fish is a new kind of book entirely.

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I grew up in Troy, Michigan, and went to school at Michigan State University, where I studied economics and co-founded a literary magazine called Oats. Between 2002 and 2012, I worked at the Poynter Institute, Current TV, and Twitter, and at all those places, my job had something to do with figuring out the future of media. Since 2012, I’ve been a full-time fiction writer.

I am an enthusiast-level programmer, and I’ve recently been experimenting with machine learning. The audiobook for my second novel is, I believe, the world’s first to include sound generated by a neural network!

My partner Kathryn Tomajan and I make extra virgin olive oil on a leased three-acre grove in Sunol, California. If you are a Robin Sloan completist, you probably need to subscribe and receive our seasonal zine.

Back in 2004, I co-produced, with Matt Thompson, a strange short film (?) called EPIC 2014. You can watch it courtesy of one of the many YouTube rips.

I’m currently based at the Murray Street Media Lab in South Berkeley, which I share with the journalist-historian Alexis Madrigal.

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June 2019, Berkeley

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