“The Atrocity Archives” contains two stories by Charles Stross. The novel “The Atrocity Archive” has been published for the first time in the magazine “Spectrum SF” between November 2001 and November 2002. The novella “The Concrete Jungle” was published for the first time in 2004. In 2005 it received the Hugo Award as the Best Novella of the year.
“The Atrocity Archive” introduces Bob Howard in his first active-duty assignments on behalf of the Laundry, a secret British government agency with a unique specialization, the occult. The first task is tedious and at the end Howard is soaking wet but the next assignment, which is supposed to be routine, becomes a deadly battle fought in two universes with a creature conjured by the Nazis decades earlier.
In “The Concrete Jungle” the power of the Gorgons was implemented in surveillance cameras. Bob Howard begins to investigate a concrete cow and eventually discovers that behind it there’s a conspiracy that will endanger the Laundry itself.
Data from NASA’s space telescopes Chandra and Hubble showed supermassive black holes growing at the center of galaxies so far away that the light we see today dates back to a time when the universe was less than a billion years old.
The novel “Second Ending” by James White was published for the first time in the magazine “Fantastic” in June and July 1961. This novel was a finalist at the 1962 Hugo Award in the best novel of the year category.
Physicist Luis Walter Alvarez was born on June 13, 1911 in San Francisco, California. His research concerned radioactive elements but also radars. For his dvelopments theoretical and practical concerning research on particles he received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1968. During the last years of his life he worked with his son Walter Alvarez on the theory of the extinction of the dinosaurs due to an asteroid strike.
The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title 2011 defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the Finals. Dirk Nowitzki was elected MVP of the final series. For Dallas it’s the first title and the revenge for the Finals lost to the Miami Heat in 2006.