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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.
Banty Hen Publishing
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 15 days after 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)