Take a spin around the World Wide Web today and tomorrow and you’ll see many different posts about the amazing yet far too short life of Alan Mathison Turing.
The Alan Turing Year: 2012 marks the celebration of the life and scientific influence of Alan Turing on the occasion of the centenary of his birth on 23 June 1912. Turing had an important influence on computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability and made important contributions to code-breaking during the Second World War.
Happy One Hundredth Birthday to you sir, and thank you.
Meanwhile, I keep Pratchetting onward….
One of the things I love about Terry Pratchett is the way that things from Discworld keep popping up here in the real one. Remember Where’s My Cow?
In Snuff, we find Commander Vimes once again reading to his son.
Vimes’ prompt arrival got a nod of approval from Sybil, who gingerly handed him a new book to read to Young Sam. Vimes looked at the cover. The title was “The World of Poo“.
When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. Well, okay, you had to accept that the world had moved on and these days fairy stories were probably not going to be about twinkly little things with wings.
As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whoever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick.
The bit about sailing down the river almost made him smile. But interspersed with the scatology was actually quite interesting stuff about septic tanks and dunnakin divers and gongfermors and how dog muck helped make the very best leather, and other things that you never thought you would need to know, but once heard somehow lodged in your mind.
There are but a handful of authors who have gone to the lengths Sir Terry and his merry band of faithful followers have gone to present and make as complete a world as one will find surrounding Discworld.
And so, while we eagerly await this falls arrival of Dodger, we have this gut-spltting contribution by Miss Felicity Beedle to keep us warm.
When All Else Fails, Kickstart It
I’ve been a fan of Kickstarter since it began, and I’m delighted to be able to play a part in helping to bring some amazing and worthy book projects to completion and publication. Two of the most recent are;
Tales of the Emerald Serpent (Ghosts of Taux), an anthology edited by Scott Taylor
If you’re looking to read some really great Fantasy writing, I urge you to buy a copy of these books. I think you’ll be as enchanted and delighted with them as I’ve been.
And take a spin over to Kickstarter. There are some fantastic projects out there, like I HATE READING! : children’s app & eBook that need our help to get off the ground.
Until next time, Write Well.