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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.
on March 09, 2012 :
I'm more familiar with Jerry Weinberg through my career in Software Development. He has written some of the most important books on Software Testing and Quality so it was great to read a fiction book by him. It seems he's able to turn his hand to other "genres" with amazing effect.
You can tell all the way through the book that this was written by an expert in the software, quality and systems domain. The story feels so in-depth and detailed. The plot line is inter-weaved with great insights to the characters which make it a great read for those interested in Science Fiction.
It's deeply rooted in science and technology but has a very human side to the story.
It took me a while to get around to reading it, but I couldn't put it down once I'd started, although the first few chapters take a while to get going.
I won't reveal the plot line, but suffice to say it involves intriguing science, cool tech, government agencies, terrorists and loveable techies.
The ending surprised me, the plot intrigued me and the characters drew me in. I think the interest part of the story for me was how science/tech effects people and the societies it exists in for both good and bad. It felt so very real and I could really imagine the world the author was describing.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in science and tech. It might be a bit heavy going for those not, but as a science fiction book it's spot on.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Not many books take an invention from the start to the working-prototype finish. This is one such book.
A new invention, the intimate affects on the lives of the inventors, the conspiring political scene, both in the US and the world, and more. I enjoyed the ride, with it all coming together in a great action sequence.
I thought the story had a nice balance between the science and the effects on the lives of the main characters. It didn't delve into dry scientific terms and explanations, but instead kept my interest to keep reading to learn more. I also liked the changing relationship between the two main characters, in a development in their affection to each other from something more clinical to something more emotional-based.
This was the first book of a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)