And then they come for the bookstores

Uncle Hugo’s in Minneapolis is the oldest independent science fiction bookstore in America, founded in 1974. It shares (shared?) space with its next-door neighbor, Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Books, founded in 1980.

Over the weekend, the store was lost to fire, a victim of the riots in the Twin Cities.

Store dog Echo is doing fine but, as noted by owner Don Blyly, who responded to the burglary and smoke alarms in the predawn hours of 30 May to find dancing rioters and no police for blocks in any direction, “I’m pretty sure the insurance policy excludes damage from a civil insurrection, so I suspect I won’t get a cent for either the building or the contents.”

Sci-Fi writer Larry Correia, the Monster Hunter Intl guy, noted, “Uncle Hugo’s never hurt anyone,” while fellow sci-fi writer and Army CWO Brad Torgersen opined, “The Mecca of independent SF/F bookstores fell to a mindless siege. As if Covid-19 panic shutdowns and scare-offs were not bad enough, the Minneapolis riots torched Uncle Hugo’s to the bare walls. A mighty pillar of the SF/F literature world has been burned down!”

Can we just leave the bookstores out of this?

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