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on July 30, 2013 :
Short, but sweet!
This is a short, fast-paced story that is a prime example of how to do what's called a 'bottle' story: that is, a story that focuses on only 2-3 characters, and most importantly is confined to a small, definite space.
The narrator is a passenger on a damaged Zgaarid ship, one that's on course to plunge into a sun! The only way to save themselves is to find a single damaged piece of code among millions, making this a needle-in-a-haystack kind of problem. This is complicated by having to deal with some of the most passive-aggressive aliens I've come across in sci-fi (they even have a formal Chastising Voice) who resist the use of logic to reduce the guesswork.
In sum: A real find, and a great introduction to the excellent works of Gerald Weinberg.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 02, 2011 :
This small but interesting work points to so many interesting topics ranging from boundary state analysis to artificial intelligence. Thanks for sharing and allowing us to always consider that even the most complex problems are often dispatched using simple solutions. Thank You Jerry!
(review of free book)