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No, I haven't lost interest in Persona Paper over the last few days - I've just been incredibly busy finishing an eBook. Now it's done, and it was an emotional experience.

I've written several eBooks already (you can find them on Amazon; just search for Fergus Mason - hint, hint!) but this one was a biography of Alan Turing. I already knew quite a lot about Turing but now I know a lot more. I'm coming away from this awed by his intellect and flexibility, and deeply saddened by how his life came to such a pointless, unjust end. I'm sitting here in a free, democratic country typing this on a computer, and without him and what he did neither of those things would be possible.

It's sixty years and one week since Alan Turing died, but his achievements are very much still with us.

The image was taken by the Elliott & Fry photo studio in 1951, when Turing was elected to the Royal Society.

Image Credit » Public domain image from the Royal Society.

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SandraLPetersen wrote on June 13, 2014, 9:26 PM

Congratulations on the number of ebooks you have published. You may be someone I'll have to ask when (and if) I get ready to go that route. But first I have to make time to write that first book!

As far as Alan Turing and your research, you have piqued my curiosity. I will have to read a little about him and find out what his contributions were.

Anja wrote on June 13, 2014, 9:40 PM

I just read the other day that for the first time, a computer passed the Turing test. Interesting that his name should come up several times in a few days. Congrats on finishing.

FergusM1970 wrote on June 13, 2014, 9:57 PM

Hmm. Let's just say it passed "a version of" the Turing test. I'm not sure Turing himself would have agreed!

LoudMan wrote on June 14, 2014, 11:43 AM

It's a shame what's happened to Turing.

SandraLynn wrote on June 18, 2014, 5:23 PM

Good for you on your latest and for tackling a Great! I'm gearing up to publish my first book with Amazon, hopefully by the end of July (very excited by this) and you inspire me immensely :) Carry on!!!! :)

FergusM1970 wrote on June 18, 2014, 6:00 PM

That's great news! My tip is get a good proof reader. Most of the ones I have on Amazon (except Rumble in the Jungle) didn't get a proof read, and like most people I'm lousy at spotting my own mistakes. I cringe when I go back and read them again. If you want I can proof yours for you, in exchange for you taking a look at the odd one of mine.

FergusM1970 wrote on June 18, 2014, 6:02 PM

It certainly was. Churchill himself said that Turing made a bigger contribution to winning the war than any other person.

allen0187 wrote on June 18, 2014, 9:22 PM

Grats on publishing the new eBook. I'm going to look up your work one of these days.