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ISBN13: 9780441013654
ISBN10: 0441013651
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In the title piece, Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, completes his theorem on Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning. Turing's work paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, have side effects that leak through a channel underlying the structure of the Cosmos. Out there in the multiverse are listeners who can sometimes be coerced into opening gates. In 1945, Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performs just such a summoning on the souls of more than six million. A gate opens to an alternate universe through which the SS move people and material — to live to fight another day. But their summoning brings forth more than the SS have bargained for — an evil, patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poises to lunch on Earth. Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Middle East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet round out this story.

Review:

"Lovecraft's Cthulhu meets Len Deighton's spies in Stross's latest, as the Scottish author explains in his afterword to this offbeat book offering two related long novellas, 'The Atrocity Archive' and 'The Concrete Jungle' (the latter previously unpublished). With often hilarious results, the author mixes the occult and the mundane, the truly weird and the petty. In 'Atrocity,' Bob, a low-level computer fix-it guy for the Laundry, a supersecret British agency that defends the world from occult happenings, finds himself promoted to fieldwork after he bravely saves the day during a routine demonstration gone awry. With his Palm, aka his Hand of Glory (a severed hand that, when ignited, renders the holder invisible), and his smarts, he saves the world from a powerful external force seeking to enter our universe to suck it dry. In 'Jungle,' Bob teams up with a cop, Josephine, to save the Laundry from a powermonger who seeks to stage an internal coup by using zombies as her minions. Amid all the bizarre happenings are the everyday trappings of a British bureaucracy. Bob gets called on the carpet by his bosses because he requested backup during an emergency without first getting his supervisor's okay and filling out the requisite forms. Though the characters all tend to sound the same, and Stross resorts to lengthy summary explanations to dispel confusion, the world he creates is wonderful fun." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Stross is the heir of the cyberpunk fascination with the way the world works-or can be made to dance!" Asimov's Science Fiction

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"Stross has gene-spliced H. P. Lovecraft and Len Deighton to produce a SF thriller that is both witty and unsettling." Andrew Wilson, The Scotsman

Review:

"[T]his volume highlights Stross's storytelling expertise and vivid imagination." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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 for some reason, he is.

Synopsis:

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...

About the Author

Charles Stross is the author of Singularity Sky, Toast and Other Rusted Futures, and The Web Architect's Handbook.

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Bluefastakan, October 1, 2011 (view all comments by Bluefastakan)
This book had a lot of potential. The characters involved are interesting, and the plot behind it is more than enough to keep you turning pages, but the major problem with it is that the subject matter is so very dense. Reading through it, I felt like I was at least two diplomas short of knowing exactly what was going on. Normally, I'm fine with that. But I just don't feel like Charles Stross did a good enough job of blending the technical jargon in with the story, and this made it feel clunky, and half the time I felt like I was in a lecture. Still, considering this is his first book, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and try for some of his later books, hoping that the pitfalls he suffered in this early work are overcome later.
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Daniel Haggerty, October 29, 2008 (view all comments by Daniel Haggerty)
Truly unlike anything I have ever read before, an amazing combination H.P. Lovecraft mythos and high tech spy thriller. If you enjoy imaginative science fiction, with a tight plot and good laugh now and then, you need to read this book. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441013654
Author:
Stross, Charles
Publisher:
Ace Books
Introduction by:
MacLeod, Hen
Introduction:
MacLeod, Hen
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Nazis
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
A Laundry Files Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.06x5.12x1.02 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Ace Books - English 9780441013654 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lovecraft's Cthulhu meets Len Deighton's spies in Stross's latest, as the Scottish author explains in his afterword to this offbeat book offering two related long novellas, 'The Atrocity Archive' and 'The Concrete Jungle' (the latter previously unpublished). With often hilarious results, the author mixes the occult and the mundane, the truly weird and the petty. In 'Atrocity,' Bob, a low-level computer fix-it guy for the Laundry, a supersecret British agency that defends the world from occult happenings, finds himself promoted to fieldwork after he bravely saves the day during a routine demonstration gone awry. With his Palm, aka his Hand of Glory (a severed hand that, when ignited, renders the holder invisible), and his smarts, he saves the world from a powerful external force seeking to enter our universe to suck it dry. In 'Jungle,' Bob teams up with a cop, Josephine, to save the Laundry from a powermonger who seeks to stage an internal coup by using zombies as her minions. Amid all the bizarre happenings are the everyday trappings of a British bureaucracy. Bob gets called on the carpet by his bosses because he requested backup during an emergency without first getting his supervisor's okay and filling out the requisite forms. Though the characters all tend to sound the same, and Stross resorts to lengthy summary explanations to dispel confusion, the world he creates is wonderful fun." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Stross is the heir of the cyberpunk fascination with the way the world works-or can be made to dance!"
"Review" by , "Stross has gene-spliced H. P. Lovecraft and Len Deighton to produce a SF thriller that is both witty and unsettling."
"Review" by , "[T]his volume highlights Stross's storytelling expertise and vivid imagination."
"Synopsis" by ,
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 for some reason, he is.

"Synopsis" by ,

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...

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