The Atrocity Archives (The Laundry Files #1) - Charles Stross8.00

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.

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Release date: 2004
Genres: science fiction, horror
Average rating: 8.00/10
Total ratings: 3
Updated: August 16, 2021

The Laundry Files :: Series

The multiple Hugo Award-winning Laundry Files series follows the exploits of a former tech support worker now-turned field agent, Bob Howard, at the Laundry, a top secret British intelligence agency dedicated to protecting the cosmos and human race from nefarious supernatural phenomenon beyond spacetime. Starting off with The Atrocity Archives, witness Charles Stross infuse each genre-bending novel with a blend of dark fantasy, bureaucratic humor, and the pacing of a hardcore thriller. An innovative spin on H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos,” the Laundry Files is perfect for fans of weird fiction and bureaucratic humor with a technological twist.

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