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Books in brief: Geek Sublime

The beauty of literature found within coding.

By Philip Ball   February 2014

Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software by Vikram Chandra (Faber, £14.99)

Is computer coding a creative act of the same stamp as writing a novel? It might feel that way if, like Vikram Chandra, you’re both a coder and a novelist. A coding painter would probably see different analogies. But Chandra is too astute not to recognise this, and his book is not so much an attempt to align coding and fiction writing in parallel as it is a literate and insightful meditation on two activities that both retain an air of…

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