Synopses & Reviews
Bob Howard a T-shirt-wearing computer geek and field agent for the super-secret British government agency The Laundry must save the world from eldritch horrors, codenamed Jennifer Morgue, in this fast-paced spy thriller. Bob's current mission is to stop the evil Ellis Billington from achieving world domination, but he must overcome obstacles including the Gravedust device, which permits communication with the dead; destiny-entanglement protocol; banishment weapons; and Ramona Random, a lethal but beautiful agent for the U.S. counterpart to The Laundry. Billington plans to raise the eldritch horror Jennifer Morgue from the vasty deeps, and communicate with a dead warrior for the purpose of ruling the world. Blending physics and applied mathematics with the practice of summoning and demonology, this spy-meets-horror novel will keep sci-fi fans on the edge of their seats.
This volume also includes a bonus story, "Pimpf," featuring agent Bob Howard in the world of virtual gaming, as well as an afterword entitled "The Golden Age of Spying."
"In this alternately chilling and hilarious sequel to The Atrocity Archives (2004) from Hugo-winner Stross, Bob Howard is a computer bergeek employed by the Laundry, a secret British agency assigned to clean up incursions from other realities caused by the inadvertent manipulation of complex mathematical equations: in other words, magic. In 1975, the CIA used Howard Hughes's Glomar Explorer in a bungled attempt to raise a sunken Soviet submarine in order to access the Jennifer Morgue, an occult device that allows communication with the dead. Now a ruthless billionaire intends to try again, even if by doing so he awakens the Great Old Ones, who thwarted the earlier expedition. It's up to Bob and a collection of British eccentrics even Monty Python would consider odd to stop the bad guy and save the world, while getting receipts for all expenditures or else face the most dreaded menace of all: the Laundry's own auditors. Stross has a marvelous time making eldritch horror appear commonplace in the face of bureaucracy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If this keeps up, 'Strossian' is going to become a sci-fi adjective." The Kansas City Star
"Charles Stross owns the cutting edge of science fiction." James Patrick Kelly, author, Think Like a Dinosaur, a Hugo Award-winning story
"A brauvera display of intelligent action and real human characters amid eldritch menaces!" S. M. Stirling, author, Island in the Sea of Time trilogy
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"If this keeps up, 'Strossian' is going to become a sci-fi adjective." The Kansas City Star"Charles Stross owns the cutting edge of science fiction." James Patrick Kelly, author, "Think Like a Dinosaur," a Hugo Awardwinning story"A brauvera display of intelligent action and real human characters amid eldritch menaces!" S. M. Stirling, author, Island in the Sea of Time trilogy