The Atrocity Archives

The Atrocity Archives

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Penguin Putnam
Charles Stross takes a departure from his epic science fiction to craft this cross between Len Deighton—style espionage and H.P. Lovecraftian horror.

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic.

But somehow, he is...



Baker & Taylor
The father of modern computer science, Alan Turning paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when used by Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS to perform a summoning, results in an unexpected evil brought to Earth through a portal to an alternate universe, a result that forces computer-hacker desk jockey Bob Howard into the unexpected role of world savior. Original.

Baker
& Taylor

Computer science guru Alan Turning paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that Nazi Germany uses to perform a summoning, bringing an unexpected evil to Earth through a portal to an alternate universe.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2006, c2004
Edition: Ace trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780441013654
0441013651
9780441016686
Characteristics: xix, 345 p. ; 21 cm

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Debneo
Jun 03, 2015

great mix of tech and occult. Sounds plausible. The Horror-to-come fits my personal perspective on the world. I'd unreservedly recommend anything he's written-if you have an interest in the occult genre.

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adam1999
Dec 29, 2011

Odd mixture of occult and geek sci-fi.

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brianernst
Dec 03, 2010

Alan Turing solved a theorem allowing unsolvable problems (or only solvable through brute force) to be converted into solvable problems allowing magic to become the next secret weapons. Now any attempt at reproducing Turing's theorem is monitored and erased by giant bureaucracies of spys and techies.

A fun read with enough adventure to keep it exciting and enough geekyness to keep it interesting.

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erigami
Dec 06, 2009

A fun read. Be warned, however, it's super geeky.

It starts out strong, but Stross seems to lose steam about halfway through.

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Debneo
Jun 03, 2015

Debneo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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