Earth's Endless Effort

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LAFE doesn't live in the forest. LAFE is the forest. LAFE's size and thousands of years of experience provide the wisdom to survive. When a pipeline project threatens to slice LAFE's brain, LAFE seeks the aid of Daphne DeFreest. But first they must heal her broken body and find a way to communicate. Then Daphne must find the love of her life, and they all must cope with their common enemies. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452352046
About Gerald M. Weinberg

Gerald M. Weinberg (Jerry) writes "nerd novels," such as The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, and Mistress of Molecules—about how brilliant people produce quality work. His novels may be found as eBooks at or on Kindle. Before taking up his science fiction career, he published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series. He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). Early in his career, he was the architect for the Mercury Project's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame. The book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) honors his work for his 75th birthday. His website and blogs may be found at http://www.geraldmweinberg.com.

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Review by: Banty Hen Publishing on Dec. 17, 2012 :
'Neuromancer' with wooden, not circuit boards...

Hunted, wounded, and on the run, Daphne DeFreest wakes up within the confines of a most unique healing unit - the embrace of a sentient forest entity that she dubs 'LAFE'. She and the being quickly establish a bond, which allows Daphne to work back in the human world in order to prevent a pipeline project from cutting the forest in half and effectively lobotomizing her new-found friend!

At turns touching and thought-provoking, this is a story that the hard-core science fiction community will enjoy. I liken this work to 'Neuromancer' because (spoiler alert, unless you read the Book Description) we learn that there are *other* gestalt entities out there around the globe that will also play a major part in the story.

Highly recommended for a fast, intelligent read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Twisted Root Publishing on Nov. 12, 2011 :
Again, Weinberg takes us back to the golden age of science fiction when cooler heads prevailed in finding the solutions to human problems. In this case the cooler heads are those of Daphne, a genius at investments and a reluctant environmental protestor, and an entity named LAFE who just happens to be the gestalt mind of the Kebler Forest of aspens.
When Daphne falls off a cliff when pursued by the men who want to put a pipe line through the forest, LAFE uses his ability to heal himself and his denizens to also heal Daphne – and improve her. With the world thinking Daphne is dead, she embarks on a mission to save Kebler Forest and in the process discovers that her real nemesis is none other than her cousin, Russell.
Using only her business acumen, the help of a computer genius and the huge mental faculties of Buddy and his allies, Daphne must face down a foe with the incredible resources of the corporate world. Can she do it? I won’t spoil the suspense, but Weinberg weaves a tale of the science of investing, the environment and physics to make it all seem plausible. Makes me want to think twice before I cut off a tree branch….
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brian Crook on Aug. 22, 2011 :
Earth's Endless Effort is Jerry Weinberg's latest novel, and his best yet by a far cry. It's a gripping tale, even when Jerry takes swipes at people and things he loves to take swipes at. Arthur C. Clarke, Jr. famously wrote "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". The basis for Earth's Endless Effort is a similar notion that a sufficiently complex organism can become sentient. And it is!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pat Medvick on Feb. 19, 2011 :
I highly recommend this plot-twisting, fast-reading book. It presents current social views in the context of an extension to reality (it is science fiction) that provokes consideration of unknown potential within the natural environment. It takes tree-hugging/(hugging by trees?) to new heights while exploring possibilities in our society and associations with other life. Weinberg expertly twines science and society, illuminating both, and creates reading that educates while entertaining.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Carsten Feilberg on Oct. 17, 2010 :
Just finished it. This is the kind of book that is so fascinating that you just have to keep reading, because you never know what will happen. The idea is original, and it develops throughout the story and is told with much insight and at a pace that occassionally almost reminds me of the Die Hard-movies. One thing for sure - I'll never be able to look at a forest as just a bunch of trees anymore.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jon Jagger on Aug. 20, 2010 :
It was no effort at all to read this book ;-) Its attention-grabbing, page-turning style and short-chapter format that quickly grabbed me and in no time at all I found I'd finished it and wanted more. Like Jerry's other books, such as First Stringers and The Aremac Project, it is full of entertaining and unexpected plot twists. Sometimes it really makes you stop and think - for example about cybernetics and emergent intelligence in a sufficiently large complex entity (such as a forest). I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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