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Home is the Hangman

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  337 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Home Is the Hangman' shows Zelazny at his very best grappling with questions of what is good and evil, what makes something truly alive. 'Home is The Hangman' is part of a series of novellas where the premise is that when the world databases are unified, a programmer takes the opportunity to completely erase his existence. He pursues a career as a trouble-shooter, taking o ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published October 1996 by Doubleday (first published November 1975)
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Dec 19, 2007 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, 2fiction, 1paper
This is 1/3 of the book, "My Name is Legion", the last story in it. It's pretty good. A robot is created with the ability to learn. Something bad happens, but it is covered up & the robot is sent out to explore a remote part of the solar system. Suddenly, it decides to come home, despite orders to the contrary. Who do you get to protect you in this situation, as one of the creators? The only man who isn't part of the worldwide computer system, of course.

It's a pretty good story. Not one of
Mar 15, 2011 George rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Πρόκειται για μια μικρή νουβέλα, η οποία κέρδισε το NEBULA, του 1975 και το HUGO, του 1976. Μπορεί να το βρει κανείς από τις εκδόσεις Απόπειρα στα ελληνικά, και στα αγγλικά είτε στην έκδοση που είναι μόνο η νουβέλα, με τον τίτλο Home is the Hangman, είτε σε μια συλλογή, με τον τίτλο My name is Legion, που είναι μαζί με άλλες δυο ιστορίες.

Ποια είναι ακριβώς η ιστορία; Πρόκειται για έναν ρομπότ, με το όνομα Δήμιος, το οποίο έχει εγκέφαλο παρόμοιο με αυτόν του ανθρώπου, τόσο σε δομή όσο και σε λει
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Δεν ξέρω τι να πω. Από τη μία πολύ μπλα-μπλα και εξηγήσεις και φιλοσοφία. Κι από την άλλη μια υπόθεση χαστούκι, μια αποκάλυψη χαστούκι. Κι ένα τέλος λίγο ότιναναι. Αληθινά δεν ξέρω καν αν μου άρεσε ή όχι.
Mar 23, 2016 allen rated it really liked it
3.5 stars tbh.

A mystery framed as a scifi tale that's about how rotten people are and how they really aren't that rotten, oh and artificial intelligence.
Jul 28, 2010 Rick rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2011 Shane marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi
Actually found out this is the 3rd story in "My Name is Legion". I have the 2nd story somewhere but not the first and I don't have the collection so I'm moving on to a different Zelazny title.
Jun 12, 2009 Charles rated it it was amazing
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"Home is the Hangman" is a novella by Zelazny and this book reproduces it in a very nice quality publication. The story is wonderful and the book is very well done.
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels dea ...more
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