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Web Dragons by Teresa Numerico, Marco Gori, Ian H. Witten

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CHAPTER 1 SETTING THE SCENE 

The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings …

Thus begins Jorge Luis Borges’s fable The Library of Babel, which conjures up an image not unlike the World Wide Web. He gives a surreal description of the Library, which includes spiral staircases that “sink abysmally and soar upwards to remote distances” and mirrors that lead the inhabitants to conjecture whether or not the Library is infinite (“… I prefer to dream that their polished surfaces represent and promise the infinite,” declares Borges’s anonymous narrator). Next he tells of the life of its inhabitants, who live ...

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