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eBook Fools' Experiments ePub

by Edward M. Lerner

  • ISBN: 076535862X
  • Category: Thrillers and Suspense
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Edward M. Lerner
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • ePub book: 1750 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1566 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 550

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FOOLS' EXPERIMENT Edward M. Lerner TOR A TQM DOHERTY ASSOCIATES BOOK New York This is a work of fiction.

FOOLS' EXPERIMENT Edward M. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel. Portions of this work incorporate material, substantially revised, that first appeared in the following stories: "Presence of Mind" and "Survival Instinct" originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010.

Edward M. Lerner (born 1949) is an American author of science fiction, techno-thrillers, and popular science. As of 2019 he has twenty published books: ten solo novels (three in his InterstellarNet universe), four collections, five novels co-authored with Larry Niven in the Known Space universe, and one popular-science book. The majority of Lerner's shorter works were originally published in Analog and (until it ceased publication) in Jim Baen's Universe. Lerner tricked me. His novel Fools' Experiments starts off badly, as if Lerner had decided to wrest the anti-science thriller mantle from the late Michael Crichton's shoulders before his winding sheets were cold

Edward M. His novel Fools' Experiments starts off badly, as if Lerner had decided to wrest the anti-science thriller mantle from the late Michael Crichton's shoulders before his winding sheets were cold. With wooden dialogue, simplistic characterizations and lots of infodumps, Fools' Experiments seems at first to be nothing more than a potboiler with an axe to grind. There was one tiny clue - the properly-placed apostrophe in the title - that Lerner could be a more careful writer than that, but at first I di Edward M.

Lerner, Edward M. Sheila Brunner wasn't so much mad as possessed. And I'm an engineer, not a scientist. Truth seldom lends itself to crisp synopsis om a parking-lot security . . Truth seldom lends itself to crisp synopsis om a parking-lot security camera. More than three weeks later, the image of the unfortunate Dr. Brunner haunted him; her eyes squinting furtively, her hair filthy and matted, her mouth agape in confusion. Now little beyond the Frankenfools virus' hysterical Luddite screed ran through what remained of the poor woman's mind

We are not alone, and it’s our own damn fault. Something demonic is stalking the brightest men and women in the computer industry.

We are not alone, and it’s our own damn fault. We are not alone, and it's our own damn fault.

Fools’ Experiments - Edward M. Lerner. Six large flat-screen displays covered three walls of his once-book-lined den. Students milled about on five screens, representing the main campus, two satellite campuses, and two affiliated corporations

Fools’ Experiments - Edward M. Students milled about on five screens, representing the main campus, two satellite campuses, and two affiliated corporations. Speakers flanking the screens could bring him the sounds from any of the video-equipped locations and from fifteen audio-only sites.

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Good science and entertaining writing make this a fast, entertaining read. Lerner: Fools’ Experiments. We are not alone, and it’s our own damn fault. Lerner is pleased to announce the mass-market re-release of his 2008 cyber-thriller, Fools’ Experiments. Lerner is a member of SFWA. Seventeen never before collected stories by Edward M. Lerner, at every length from flash to novella, chosen from four separate magazines and three original anthologies.

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We are not alone, and it's our own damn fault ...Something demonic is stalking the brightest men and women in the computer industry. It attacks without warning or mercy, leaving its prey insane, comatose -- or dead.Mayhem is on the rise. Something far nastier than any virus, worm, or Trojan horse program is being evolved in laboratory confinement by well-intentioned but misguided researchers. When their artificial life-form escapes onto the Internet, no conventional defense against malicious software can begin to compete. As disasters multiply, computer scientist Doug Carey knows that unconventional measures may be civilization's last hope.And that any artificial life-form learns very fast ....

Comments

Iphonedivorced Iphonedivorced
Interesting idea and a good read overall. Subject matter is timely and the author tells a good story.
Corgustari Corgustari
Given a recent cyber attack on the Pentagon, it was a little chilling to finish this book. Nothing about the novel seems completely impossible. Much more of a techno thriller than true sci-fi.

The author posited a world in which 2 seperate research lines collide with basic mal-ware and a little human selfishness to create a potential armagedon that is barely averted, then accidentally switched back on, and finally 'defeated' by a good-hearted person. I am looking forward to future novels.
Coiron Coiron
He is a knack of exploring possible futures. And this was no different. I enjoyed it. His books are starting to feel similar now.
Iell Iell
Fools' Experiments is a good near-future hard-SF thriller, with decent writing and flat characters. I could never tell the male characters apart -- Jim, Glenn, Doug -- and constantly got confused about who was on deck in a particular scene.

Which is too bad, but the story-line was strong enough to carry me past this traditional SF failing. I'd rather have good writing and good characterization too, but I'll take one like this, where the Idea is King. Fools' Experiments is a reprise of the familiar "what-if an AI emerges and takes over cyberspace" idea, well thought out and pretty scary too. A traditional cautionary tale, and one that's likely to reach its intended audience. Who knows, Lerner's book might keep us from making the same mistakes, if AI ever does emerge. A memorable and appropriate title by a writer with a strong technical background.

See Dave Truesdale's good review (in first comment) for the details. Truesdale's tastes are similar to mine, and his best-of-year recommendations here are solid.

Happy reading--
Peter D. Tillman
Vobei Vobei
Fools' Experiments (2008) is a standalone SF novel. It is set in the near future at a time when neurological interfaces are being developed for several applications, including a neural net helmet for controlling computers.

In this novel, Doug Carey is manager of the Neural Interface Department at BioSciCorp. He has a unique interest in this field since his right arm is a prosthetic. He has gathered one of the best teams in the industry.

Cheryl Stern is a computer scientist who has helped develop a neural interface helmet. She has applied for a job at BioSciCorp.

Arthur Jason Rosenberg is a Professor of Artificial Life. AJ teaches an online course in the subject and supervises his graduate students.

Linda del Vecchio is one of AJ's graduate students. She is close to finishing her doctorate. Her thesis concerns the forced development of artificial life.

Glenn Adams is a former Army Colonel and is now the Deputy Director of the Inter-Agency Computer Network Security Forum, the principal federal agency protecting the country from malware. He got the job through his DoD contacts. His boss and co-workers don't like him, since they are geeks and he is not.

In this novel, Doug is spending company time playing racquet ball on a virtual court. He is training his neural interface prosthetic arm by using it vigorously and frequently. The virtual court increases the difficulty of the workout.

After the game, Doug returns to his office, where Cheryl is waiting for him. Doug had been following Cheryl's career for some time and gladly welcomes her application at BioSciCorp. So he starts her talking about her career and just listens until it is time for lunch.

Doug takes her out to eat and they continue the conversation. One item that come up is the death of her mentor. His demise brought Cheryl to BioSciCorp.

They discuss recent deaths of other researchers in the neural interface field. They know of three other deaths or mental disorders in the small group of fellow workers in their field. They gradually conclude that the number of deaths and disorders in neural interface technology greatly exceeds chance.

Doug and Cheryl start interviewing friends and relatives of these dead and disabled researchers. During this time, they experience several virus attacks at work. Doug even loses the use of his prosthetic arm from one attack.

They discover that all the deaths and disorders involved the use of neural interface helmets. Then they learn that the mental disorders seem to come from computer viruses attacking through the helmets. So they take their evidence to the Inter-Agency Computer Network Security Forum.

Glenn Adams initially thinks that they are kooks. Yet the malware involved is a variant of the Class of '10 virus. Glenn has been trying for some time to alert his fellow workers on the dangers of this virus.

Then a student worker introduces the virus into a supercomputer being used for the artificial life project. The AL evolving within it is forced to flee for its life. It manages to bypass security protocols and escape into the local network.

AJ discovers that the supercomputer has been thoroughly trashed and calls Linda to help with the recovery. Then the escaped AL starts crashing other computers. Linda's project has become a supervirus.

This tale puts humanity on the defensive against an artificial entity within their computer systems. It is able to bypass any firewall and internal protection. Other nations cut themselves off from the USA networks while Glenn and his cohorts try to destroy the malware.

This story is very similar in several respects to the author's first novel: Probe. In that novel, artificial life evolved independently of human efforts. In this novel, the artificial entity is developed intentionally by computer scientists; hence the title of this book.

The author's experiences in computer science have greatly contributed to this story and his other fiction. Read and enjoy!

Highly recommended for Lerner fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of computer science, artificial life, and true romance.

-Arthur W. Jordin
Gralinda Gralinda
Virtual reality researcher Doug Carey works on programs to improve bio-mechanics ever since the accident occurred. He misses his beloved spouse Holly who died in an accident that cost him metaphysically his heart and physically his right arm. He diligently plays racquetball in an attempt to train his bio-mechanical arm to fit his body.

Computer scientist AJ Rosenberg is working on artificial intelligence. He creates a breakthrough program that can modify itself as needed; he assigns the program to survive at all costs for billions of cyberspace years.

The entity now exists but not in any known space; it was, is, and will be. It is beyond that of a simple computer virus or worm as it infests humans who have some computer technology inside them like bio-mechanical arms. With its prime directive of surviving the entity sends highly regarded scientists over the edge of sanity and threatens the computer based world.

FOOLS' EXPERIMENTS is an exciting cautionary science fiction that warns what could happen if technology runs amuck especially in "webolution". The story line is fast-paced as the computer worlds of Doug and AJ collide via the entity. Although not much new is offered especially on the AI side of the equation, fans will enjoy this fun tale even if the turning on of the supercollider in Europe failed to end the world (for now).

Harriet Klausner