A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin

By Janna Levin

Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems despatched shivers via Vienna’s highbrow circles and without delay challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him holiday the Nazi Enigma Code in the course of WWII. although they by no means met, their lives unusually reflected one another—both have been tremendous, and either met with tragic ends. right here, a mysterious narrator intertwines those parallel lives right into a double helix of genius and pain, splendidly shooting not just radiant, fragile minds but in addition the zeitgeist of the period.

Show description

Read or Download A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines PDF

Best fiction books

Filth

With the Christmas season upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson of Edinburgh's most interesting is gearing up socially—kicking issues off with per week of intercourse and medication in Amsterdam. There are a few large flies within the ointment, notwithstanding: a lacking spouse and baby, a nagging cocaine behavior, a few painful below-the-belt eczema, and a string of difficult extramarital affairs.

Breathing Lessons: A Novel

Maggie and Ira Moran were married for twenty-eight years–and it exhibits: of their quarrels, of their workouts, of their skill to tolerate with affection every one other’s eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, adorable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wishes not anything greater than to mend her son’s damaged marriage.

The Darwin Elevator

Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and shiny characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the expertise of sci-fi writer John Scalzi.
 
within the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands because the final human urban in the world. the realm has succumbed to an alien plague, with lots of the inhabitants reworked into senseless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, the place an area elevator—created by way of the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.
 
Skyler Luiken has an extraordinary immunity to the plague. subsidized via a global team of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the damaging desert past the aura’s side to discover the assets Darwin must stave off cave in. but if the Elevator begins to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the intense scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to remedy the secret of the failing alien know-how and keep the ragged remnants of humanity.

Praise for The Darwin Elevator
 
“[Jason M. ] Hough’s first novel combines the rapid-fire motion and noteworthy characters linked to Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly television sequence with the accessibility and clinical acumen of J. S. Corey’s ‘Expanse’ sequence. ”—Library magazine (starred review)
 
“The better part approximately alien tales is their secret, and Jason Hough is aware that like no different. choked with compelling characters and thick with rigidity, The Darwin Elevator gives you either melancholy and wish besides a huge dose of ask yourself. It’s an excellent debut, and Hough can take my funds every time he writes whatever any more. ”—Kevin Hearne, ny instances bestselling writer of The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“Newcomer Hough monitors a expertise for ingenious plotting and reasonable discussion, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger finishing will continue readers enthralled and eagerly watching for the subsequent installment. ”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Jason M. Hough does a good activity with this massive tale. the area of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously advanced and pleasant. Skyler, Tania, and the entire different characters are delightfully drawn and enjoyable to spend time with. . . . the tale unfolds with simply the best stability of excessive event, espionage, humor, and emotional fact. . . . once you end, you’ll wish extra. ”—Analog
 
“A debut novel not like the other . . . this can be anything precise. whatever iconic. The Darwin Elevator is filled with majesty and sweetness, secret and mayhem, colourful characters and insidious schemes. ”—SF sign
 
“Fun, action-packed and unique . . . a convinced contender for technological know-how fiction debut of the yr! ”—Pat’s myth Hotlist
 
“Claustrophobic, extreme, and enjoyable . . . I couldn’t placed this e-book down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying global, suspends it from a fragile thread, and forces you to learn with held breath as you count on the inevitable fall. ”—Hugh Howey, manhattan occasions bestselling writer of Wool
 
“Hough writes with impossible to resist strength and gritty realism. His places his characters via hell, mixing a resounding plot with heart-stopping motion and moments of uncooked terror because the international is going loopy within the shadow of unfathomable alien intentions. ”—Sara Creasy, writer of the Philip ok. Dick Award–nominated track of Scarabaeus

Naked in Garden Hills

A black jockey with a genius for horses and girls . .. his white grasp, a slave to the corrupt wishes of his flesh . .. an amoral Southern good looks queen, out to seduce and take advantage of them either. .. . From this twisted human triangle comes one of many sensational novels of our time—a revelation of ardour, perversity and unusual hungers.

Additional resources for A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Sample text

I had known she would finally put me at risk. I tried to pay no attention when she stole things and presented them to me, because they were little things and of no use. A Mexican embroidered nightshirt, whereas I like to sleep in the altogether, or a silver money clip in the shape of an L for Lester, like I was some downtown lawyer, or an antique music box, for Christ’s sake, that plays “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean,” as if anyone would want to hear it more than once. Totally the wrong things for me, if it was me she was stealing for, whereas I was hard pressed to get a decent meal in this household.

I had seen enough. I woke up Karen and hustled her and the baby and all the Kmart paraphernalia into the Durango. Why, whatever is the matter, Lester? Karen said. She was still half asleep. Are we going somewhere? She looked frightened for a moment until I put Baby Wilson in her arms. I ran back to the house and grabbed some clothes and things for each of us. Then I ran back again and turned off the lights and locked the door. I could imagine them any minute coming up the road and through the woods around us at the same time.

She stood listening, Brenda, and shook her head. Lester, she said, your brains are in your balls. That is the way you are and the way you’ll always be. Goddamnit, Brenda, it’s not something I’ve done, you understand. Is this what I need to hear from you right now? She was squinting at me from the smoke drifting up into her eyes. I said, And you sometimes haven’t minded if that’s where my brain is, as I recall. Brenda is as unlike Karen as two women can be. Sturdier in mind, and shaped as if for the Bluebird clientele in her powder blue uniform with the Brenda stitched on the bosom pocket.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.93 of 5 – based on 30 votes