After several years abroad, novelist Richard Powers -- the fictional protagonist of the story -- returns to America and accepts the position of Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous and prestigious Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There, he meets Philip Lentz, an outspoken neurologist intent on creating a model of the human brain with computer-based neural networks, and together they embark on an outlandishly ambitious project -- to teach the neural net English literature so that it can pass a difficult master's exam.

As their experiment progresses, their brain-child absorbs more and more information, gradually becoming increasingly worldly. Soon, it demands to know its name, sex, race and reason for existing. Meanwhile, this literary crash course sparks in Powers a parallel awakening, and he begins a reconsideration of his chosen profession, his decade-long, failed relationship with a former pupil and his obsession with the master's candidate against whom his cybernetic pupil is slated to compete.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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June 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Galatea 2.2/a Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-374-19948-5 / 978-0-374-19948-7 (USA edition)
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November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Galatea 2.2
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April 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Galatea 2.2
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ISBN: 1-84887-144-9 / 978-1-84887-144-1 (UK edition)
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Galatea 2.2
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ISBN: 0-312-42313-6 / 978-0-312-42313-1 (USA edition)
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June 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Galatea 2.2
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ISBN: 0-349-10947-8 / 978-0-349-10947-3 (UK edition)
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Galatea 2.2
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-349-10771-8 / 978-0-349-10771-4 (UK edition)
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April 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Galatea 2.2: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-06-097692-6 / 978-0-06-097692-7 (USA edition)
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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April 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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April 1996 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Galatea 2. 2
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 0-7366-3349-9 / 978-0-7366-3349-9 (USA edition)
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January 1995 : Audio Cassette
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Title: Galatea 2.2
Author(s): Richard Powers
ISBN: 5557119078 / 978-5557119078
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November 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Galatea 2.2
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January 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Galatea 2.2: A Novel
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