For Want of a Nail [NOOK Book]

Overview

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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For Want of a Nail

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012431837
  • Publisher: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 536,840
  • File size: 742 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    An award winner

    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?"

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