This is a detective story about all the possible versions of a place. It features a bustling city built on a filled-in San Francisco Bay, a pop star tech genius named Quintessandra, and internet teeth.
This story was initially published as a daily serial in two Bay Area newspapers, the Mercury News and East Bay Times, in 2020. It ran from June 7 to June 21; you can find links to the archived episodes here.
Following that serialization, a group of a thousand patrons joined a lo-fi crowdfunding campaign, paying $9 each to receive a digital edition for themselves and also—this is the cool part—unlock this web edition for everyone. It works on phones and laptops alike:
An additional goal of the crowdfunding campaign was to support the release of the web edition’s code, which is now an ongoing project hosted on GitHub. If you have any interest in e-books on the web, come take a peek and consider making a suggestion or contribution.
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