Ellen Ullman is a "rarity, a computer programmer with a poet’s feeling for language" (Laura Miller, Salon). The Bug breaks new ground in literary fiction, offering us a deep look into the internal lives of people in the technical world. Set in a start-up company in 1984, this highly acclaimed first novel explores what happens when a baffling software flaw—a bug so teasing it is named "the Jester"—threatens the survival of the humans beings who created it.
What Vikram Chandra says
A beautifully written novel about a programmer’s attempt to find, fix and vanquish a computer bug or error so elusive that it is given a name: “the Jester”. The protagonist’s quest after this ever-vanishing and reappearing “Heisenbug” becomes a poignant meditation on technology’s effects on humans.