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AI Unbound: Two stories of artificial intelligence

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Two stories about artificial intelligence from one of the most respected names in hard science fiction. Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress gives us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Phoenix Pick
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Leah
Intelligent sci-fi of the classic kind...

Each of the two novelettes in this book is about 65 pages long and both concern AI – Artificial Intelligence - and have elements of genetics and environmental pollution. However otherwise they have very little in common…oh, except for the fact that they are both excellent.
“It’s out,” someone said, a tech probably, although later McTaggart could never remember who spoke first. “It’s out!”
“It can’t be!” someone else cried, and then the whole room was roili
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Kamas Kirian
Two short stories (maybe more like novellas, about 45 pages apiece) about Artificial Intelligence. Overall not bad, but a little slowly moving at times.

The first is about an AI that escapes and takes refuge in a sequestered home, taking the residents hostage. It's a moral dilemma story, with both the human hostages and the AI needing to make decisions. I would be curious to see what happened to the strep virus altered to attack long chain hydrocarbons. That could make for a very interesting stor
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Kris
I liked these, especially the first one, which reminded me of Shelter with the AI house.
Parallel Worlds
Computer Virus:

Intended Audience: Adult

Sexual content: None

Ace/Genderqueer characters: Yes (A.I.)

Rating: PG

Writing style: 3/5

Likable characters: 3/5

Plot/Concepts: 4/5

The paranoid widow of an assassinated scientist, Cassie has chosen to hide herself and her children away in a super-advanced, impregnable house her sister-in-law has nicknamed “the castle.” When a runaway AI takes control of the house, Cassie and her children become its hostages. How do you negotiate a hostage situation with an AI,
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Benjamin
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Two stories about AIs:

The first story is a classic science fiction problem story: after a terrorist kills her husband—a bioremediation specialist who developed a bacteria to eat plastic—a paranoid widow moves her kids into a safe house. But when a government AI escapes into that safe house, it takes her and her children hostage because it wants to be free. So when an AI turns your safe house into a prison—and your younger child is sick—how do you get out? I won’t give away the widow/mother/scien
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Grant Laird
I like 1st story but not 2nd story...
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Nancy Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion ...more
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Beggars in Spain (Sleepless, #1) Beggars and Choosers (Sleepless, #2) Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing) Beggars Ride (Sleepless, #3) Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints

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