Galatea 2.2

A Novel

Richard Powers

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After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2—Richard Powers—returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for exisiting.

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Galatea 2.2
It was like so, but wasn't.I lost my thirty-fifth year. We got separated in the confusion of a foreign city where the language was strange and the authorities hostile. It was my own fault. I'd told it, "Wait here. I'm just going to change some money. Check on our papers. Don't move from this spot, no matter what." And chaos chose that moment to hit home.My other years persist, like those strangers I still embrace in sleep, intimate in five minutes. Some years slip their chrysalis, leaving only a casing to hold their place in my sequence.

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Praise for Galatea 2.2

"Dazzling...a cerebral thriller that's both intellectually engaging and emotionally compelling, a lively tour de force." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A splendid intellectual adventure, a heartbreaking love story, a brief tutorial on cognitive science, and the autobiography of one of the most gifted writers of the younger generation." --The Washington Post Book World

"Terse and heartbreaking." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Brilliantly imaginative." --Time

"I love and admire this book...but I cannot give an adequate sense of its many marvels....One of the most beautiful and baffling dialogues in recent fiction." --The Boston Globe
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Richard Powers

Richard Powers has been the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author of eight novels, including Plowing the Dark, Gain, and Galatea 2.2. He lives in Illinois.

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Galatea 2.2
A Novel
Richard Powers

e-Book Agency

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Picador
January 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803688
ISBN10: 1466803681
352 pages
$9.99

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Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312423131
ISBN10: 0312423136
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$17.00
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