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The Tale of the Wicked

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    Hal 9000 meets John Scalzi

    Everything written by John Scalzi is good. It's just a matter of how good.

    Scalzi's short story, 'Tale of the Wicked', delves into the mind of a ship's computer. Advancements in computing have provided a foundation for artificial intelligence, and a ship's computer picks a particularly inopportune time to start living under Isaac Asimov's three rules of robotics:
    A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

    This is a fun little story. Obviously it doesn't have the depth of a full Scalzi novel, but he manages to create robust and well-fleshed characters in even the shortest of his works.

    This isn't great Scalzi, but this is a very good and terrifically fun read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Good story

    Nice change from the too common ' AI's will be monsters theme. Why shouldnt they be ethical? Thank you Isaac Asimov.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    TO JGlomb

    I so totally agree.!i!i

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

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