For Want of a Nail

For Want of a Nail

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by Mary Robinette Kowal
     
 

This Hugo-nominated short story takes us into space on a generation ship, where an AI and her wrangler have to solve a seemingly simple problem.  See more details below

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This Hugo-nominated short story takes us into space on a generation ship, where an AI and her wrangler have to solve a seemingly simple problem.

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Mark Watson
On a generation starship, hard choices have to be made. The AI belonging to one of the ship’s families, who rely on it for not only daily issues, but recording their long history, is damaged. In trying to fix the hardware fault, the current family member who is the AI ‘wrangler’ finds that her predecessor in the role has in fact hacked the AI. The reason : to protect himself from the dementia he realises that he is developing, before anyone else spots it. Why? Because on the

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012431837
Publisher:
Mary Robinette Kowal
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
375,312
File size:
760 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey Tor, 2010). In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She is the Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com

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For Want of a Nail 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And rightly so. This short story looks at a starship in mid-journey, the artificial intelligence that runs it, the woman who maintains it, and the questions of "who is a person, anyway?" and "who decides that?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago