Direct Descent by Frank Herbert
Approx. 25,140 words.
Published on June 12, 2011 by
Earth has become a library planet, a bastion of useful and useless knowledge—esoterica gathered by “pack rats” who scour the galaxy for information. Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon. As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the dedicated librarians are sworn to obey the lawful government...and use their wits to protect the knowledge.