Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press; 2004. 1st edition hardcover. In Charles Stross's world of "The Atrocity Archive," Alan Turing, the Father of Modern Computer Science, did in fact complete his theorem on "Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning." Turing's work paved the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, had side effects that would leak through some kind of channel underlying the structure of the Cosmos. And out there in the multiverse were "listeners" — and sometimes these listeners could be coerced into opening gates: Small gates through which minds could be transferred and, occasionally, large gates through which objects could be moved.
In 1945, Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performed just such a summoning on the souls of more than ten million. A gate was opened to an alternate universe through which the SS moved men and matériel — to live to fight another day, as it were. But their summoning brought forth more than the SS had bargained for: an Evil, patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poised to lunch on our galaxy, on our very own Earth.
Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Mid East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet — in "The Atrocity Archive," Charles Stross has written a high-octane thriller, and readers need to buckle up and hold on with both hands!
"The Atrocity Archive" is a 78,000 word novel previously serialized in the U.K. magazine Spectrum SF, and now published for the first time in an archival-quality hardcover. This volume also contains a new, previously unpublished novella, "The Concrete Jungle," that features the further adventures of Bob Howard, the reluctant hero in "The Atrocity Archive" — a wisecracking, occasionally insubordinate, computer-hacker desk jockey, whose just itching for some field ops. Bob works for "The Laundry," a British ultra-secret intelligence organization — and in "The Concrete Jungle," a power struggle erupts between management, and Bob is unavoidably caught in the middle.
With an Introduction by noted British SF author Ken MacLeod, and an Afterword by Charles Stross in which he explores the distinction between the spy thriller and the horror story. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
Cover art by Steve Montiglio. Fine in fine dj. Limited to 3000 copies. Has gone into a 2nd printing.