Gordon was ecstatic as he cycled to the city. He had qualified to study in the last Library School – off-limits to the public. After graduation, he’d be a Knowledge Guardian, safeguarding public contentment.
First, he reported to Admin Centre for neural microchip realignment; then the reading began.
His mind whirled as he read. He encountered conflict, suspense, imaginary places, minds and souls to connect with. Here was freedom! Gordon knew what to do. He ran for his bike, a couple of volumes under his arm. He’d go home and free them all.
The lookout snipers fired, took him out. “Another failure. Pity.”
There have been some worrying developments in the world of books and libraries. The advent of e-books and the explosion of information available online has led to library closures and savage book culls, justified by the availability of information via new technologies. But not everyone is convinced, and the following articles present interesting perspectives on this issue.
If you love the feel and smell of paper books, if you value being able to discover rare volumes, if you worry about the vulnerability of the web to external control and external mischief, you’ll enjoy these articles.
This is my contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers, where writers contribute 100 word stories in response to a photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting the event each week.