Saturday, December 07, 2013

The 18 best fictional versions of Alan Turing

Charlie Jane Anders, editor at io9, came up with a list of eighteen fictional versions of Alan Turing, the Father of Computer Science.

One entry on the list:
Enigma by Robert Harris

This novel, adapted into a movie script by Tom Stoppard, follows Turing's cryptographic team as they race against time to break the toughest Nazi cipher — although the main character is another cryptographer, Tom Jericho. As Imitation Game writer Graham Moore explains here, "Though clearly inspired by Turing, Jericho is straight, and in fact the love triangle in which he finds himself ends up changing the course of the war. In a sense, we find here an imagined version of Turing's real-life relationship with his fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke, to whom Turing was briefly engaged in 1941."
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue