Turing & Burroughs: A Beatnik SF Novel

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What if Alan Turing, founder of the modern computer age, escaped assassination by the secret service to become the lover of Beat author William Burroughs? What if they mutated into giant shapeshifting slugs, fled the FBI, raised Burroughs’s wife from the dead, and tweaked the H-bombs of Los Alamos? A wild beatnik adventure, compulsively readable, hysterically funny, with insane warps and twists—and a bad attitude throughout.

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Rudy Rucker is a writer and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor. He is regarded as contemporary master of science-fiction, and received the Philip K. Dick award twice. His thirty published books include both novels and non-fiction books. A founder of the cyberpunk school of science-fiction, Rucker also writes SF in a realistic style known as transrealism. His books include "Postsingular "and "Spaceland".

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Rucker's "Beatnik SF Novel" deftly combines historic characters and wild flights of imagination in a spin-off of our world's history, 1954-1955. ... Turing & Burroughs can be enjoyed as a mad romp ... that brings together and transforms two characters from history in outrageous ways.  In less than 250 pages--room enough for a host of voices--Rudy Rucker has produced an SFnal tour de force. ... The prose in Turing & Burroughs can flow like a drug-stoked dream.
          --- Faren Miller, review in Locus Magazine

The book opens in 1954, with a gracefully channeled version of Alan Turing--that historically real cybernetic icon of misunderstood genius. The scene is set with vibrant verisimilitude... But Turing's life soon goes counterfactual, and he's on the lam to Tangier where he hooks up with William Burroughs, notorious louche Beatnik junkie and scribbler of transgressive fiction. ... Rucker accomplishes a kind of On the Road vibe, full of slang-laden hipster contempt for the Establishment and a desire to break free of stifling conventions.
          --- Paul Di Filippo, review in Locus Online

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