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A Logic Named Joe

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  384 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Three complete novels, one of them a Hugo Award finalist, with a number of short stories.

The Pirates of Zan - When a young man is accused of being one of the Pirates of Zan and jailed unjustly, he is given a secret offer-in return for being permitted to "escape," he must shake up the establishment, which is getting set in its ways. He succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expec
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Baen Books
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Andrew Lasher
Apr 27, 2010 Andrew Lasher rated it really liked it
This was the first book I read when I found out about the Baen Free Library, incidentally one of the best resources for someone who has excessive free time in front of a computer. Also a great marketing device, as I buy Baen books now every time I go to the bookstore.

To get back off the tangent, the reason I started reading A Logic Named Joe is because of the title. I wasn't sure what a logic was, but there was definitely something interesting about it. When I looked for more information, I was
Feb 08, 2013 Ron rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for classic SF . . . even not-very-good classic SF. A Logic Named Joe is just that. And I liked it, but only just. There may be a reason why Leinster isn't better known today: his work, while ground breaking, wasn't very good. He may have been on the cutting edge of "Brave New World", "1984" and "Green Hills of Earth" type stories--his "Pirate of Zan" is almost an "Atlas Shrugged" meets "The Pirates of Penzance"--but his weren't quite so good. Some of his better SF ideas, like "Gate ...more
Garland Coulson
Aug 26, 2011 Garland Coulson rated it really liked it
Murray Leinster's "A Logic Named Joe" was published in 1946 and is eerily good at telling the future. He has future machines called "logics" that are networked and can help people communicate and find answers for their users.

It totally predicts the Internet and the problems that happen when kids can find bomb making info on their computers (logics) and private information about their neighbors.

The story itself is probably only a 3 star but I gave it an extra star for being so great at predicting
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it

Three complete novels, one of them a Hugo Award finalist, with a number of short stories. The Pirates of Zan - When a young man is accused of being one of the Pirates of Zan and jailed unjustly, he is given a secret offer-in return for being permitted to "escape," he must shake up the establishment, which is getting set in its ways. He succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expectations, becoming not just a pirate, but the deadliest do-gooder in the galaxy. Gateway to Elsewhere - Suppose that in anoth

May 23, 2014 Marina rated it it was amazing
Чудесный сборник рассказов на тему роботов, наполненные как страхом, так и надеждой, как откровенным насмеханием, так и чуть ли не поклонением. С самого начала у нас комментарии советских недокритиков к произведению,ах, как я это "люблю"! Обычно пропускаю, а тут вчиталась - "Нужно ли боятся роботов?" Вопрос неплохой, а думалось мне, что повести как раз покажут разные отношения к этой проблеме именно из-за временного разрыва между повестями, который мне казался намного больше, а в сборнике в боль ...more
Maria Skyllas
Jun 27, 2014 Maria Skyllas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, novels
Au départ, mon côté féministe m'a fait sourciller lorsque j'ai lu la phrase suivante: « Les logiques ne sont pas efficaces en ce qui concerne les femmes. Il faut que les choses aient un sens. » (p.8)

Mais ce bref récit est tout simplement génial. Ayant écrit ce livre en 1946, l'auteur était bien en avance sur son temps lorsqu'il a imaginé un scénario impliquant un réseau informatique mondial qui dégénère.

Ce livre vient renforcer ma préférence pour les histoires courtes. J'ai bien aimé le style s
Jacek Dobrzyniecki
Oct 07, 2015 Jacek Dobrzyniecki rated it liked it
Murray Leinster. Just who is Murray Leinster? I've never heard his name before in my life, and if the introduction to the book is to be believed, I should be ashamed of myself.

In any case, the volume contains three novels and three stories. Taking it from the bottom, "Dear Charles" is the weakest from the lot, having an annoying narrator and little humor. "A Logic Named Joe" is a more intriguing story which, as the introductions points out, seems to all but predict the Internet, or at least som
Jim Mcclanahan
Dec 26, 2012 Jim Mcclanahan rated it liked it
I grew up reading Leinster's Med Service stories as published in SF periodicals in the early 1960s. Always involving a medical dilemma to be solved by space roving doctor Calhoun and his faithful alien companion (and living test lab for disease cures) Murgatroyd, the series was entertaining and often thought-provoking.

So I was happy to stumble across a copy of this compilation of other stories and novels by him. All of them employ a not-always-so-tongue-in-cheek sense of humor which doesn't alwa
D. Jason
This is a collection, so I should break down my rating.

"A Logic Named Joe" *****
Murray Leinster not only predicted the internet, Google, and Amazon with remarkable accuracy in 1946, he did it in a hilarious story that also examined what an AI with a sense of humor but no desire to be sociable might mean in our world.

"Dear Charles" **1/2
Frankly, I read this story more than 6 months ago, and do not recall it. But I don't recall hating it, either, so it gets a gentleman's C.

Gateway to Elsewhere ***
Mickey Schulz
Jul 02, 2010 Mickey Schulz rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I have learned that I am not always capable of ignoring rampant misogyny in SF. For an expanded explanation see my rant here: Seriously, I just could not get past the Gary Stu nature of all his protagonists. They're essentially the same guy over and over and over, and they all rely on "clever" to win the day, which is not appealing. I wanted to like this collection, because I've enjoyed the title selection in other anthologies, and I really and truly ador ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
A reprint of some fantastic short stories and novels by Murray Leinster (who has been almost completely forgotten by the sci-fi world, but deserves to be far better known). The title story nearly perfectly predicts personal computers and cloud computing -- complete with privacy concerns -- and was written in 1946.

Well worth the time and money for anyone who enjoys science fiction.
Mar 22, 2016 Cory rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-my-reads
Bit of useless trivia. Murray Leinster is the pen name of Will F. Jenkins.

Once I found out that this book predicted the internet in 1946, I had to read it! Overall I liked the story. 3.5 stars
Jean-Sébastien Herpin
Une nouvelle de 1946 qui décrit les dérives possibles d'un grand réseau de communications mondiales. À replacer dans son contexte historique, donc plaisant. Du Philip K. Dick amusant.
Tim Bensley
Jan 25, 2016 Tim Bensley rated it it was amazing
Best chapter is a send up of time travel called "Dear Charles"
Feb 08, 2015 Bradley rated it really liked it
Interesting story about a A.I.
A very entertaining collection of short stories and novellas. I was reminded of Slippery Jim DeGriz from the Stainless Steel Rat stories, although I know these were written way before that. The best part of the stories in this collection is that, although they were written in the 40's and 50's, they are surprisingly non-antiquated. The fact that Murray Leinster predicted the internet and smartphones in 1946 just blew me away! - April 6, 2013
Jul 30, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
This book introduced me to Murray Leinster. It's also a collection of several books and short stories.

The title "A logic named Joe" is the short story that predicted the internet, in 1946.
Jan 17, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Really good collection of stories, very fun read.
Matt Kelland
May 09, 2012 Matt Kelland rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Fascinating from the point of view of how prescient Leinster was, but I didn't enjoy the story. Worth reading if you like digging into the history of SF.
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Shelves: sci-fi
Available at Baen Free Library.
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Will F. Jenkins
William Fitzgerald Jenkins

Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.

An author whose career spanned the first six decades of the 20th Century. Fr
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“You know the logics setup. You got a logic in your house. It looks like a vision receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get. It's hooked in to the tank, which has the Carson Circuit all fixed up with relays. Say you punch "Station SNAFU" on your logic. Relays in the tank take over an' whatever vision-program SNAFU is telecastin' comes on your logic's screen. Or you punch "Sally Hancock's Phone" an' the screen blinks an' sputters an' you're hooked up with the logic in her house an' if somebody answers you got a vision-phone connection. But besides that, if you punch for the weather forecast or who won today's race at Hialeah or who was mistress of the White House durin' Garfield's administration or what is PDQ and R sellin' for today, that comes on the screen too. The relays in the tank do it. The tank is a big buildin' full of all the facts in creation an' all the recorded telecasts that ever was made—an' it's hooked in with all the other tanks all over the country—an' everything you wanna know or see or hear, you punch for it an' you get it. Very convenient. Also it does math for you, an' keeps books, an' acts as consultin' chemist, physicist, astronomer, an' tea-leaf reader, with a "Advice to the Lovelorn" thrown in. The only thing it won't do is tell you exactly what your wife meant when she said, "Oh, you think so, do you?" in that peculiar kinda voice. Logics don't work good on women. Only on things that make sense. (1949)” 1 likes
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