The Tale of the Wicked

The Tale of the Wicked

by John Scalzi
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The Tale of the Wicked by John Scalzi

Captain Michael Obwije of the Confederation Armed Forces has been hunting a Tarin battle cruiser in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. But when he orders his own ship in for the killing blow, the hot pursuit turns into a potentially more dangerous situation. One with implications for the entire Confederation.

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BN ID: 2940014031431
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 01/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 230,152
File size: 503 KB

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The Tale of the Wicked 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good story based on premises already wrtten. The way it was plotted out makes very good reading and the plot flows well to a suprizing conclusion.. I found it to be most enjoyable. Scalizi has done a pretty good job in the psst in this series based on Old Msns War and this story will not disappoint.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A quirky and unique approach to making war and artificial intelligence saving humans from self destructive tendencies. Still smiling about it :) Worth reading, excellent writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asimov's robotics laws take center stage in a new story. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I so totally agree.!i!i
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