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Fairy Tales for Computers

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Fairy Tales for Computers is a selection of stories, statements, and prophecies, each eerily prescient in its own way and relevant to these technologically obsessed times. "There is a sort of pact between the machine and ourselves, like the terrible contract between the nervous system and the subtle demon of drugs. The more useful the machine seems to us, the more it becom ...more
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Published December 1st 2001 by Eakins Pr Foundation (first published January 1st 1969)
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Michael J.J. Tiffany
Jan 10, 2008 marked it as to-read
Don't be fooled by the 2001 publication date; this book of essays was actually compiled in 1969.
Annie
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
Each story on its own is quite good. I thought it was poorly collected however, many did not make sense with the given premise, and the overall feeling was disjointed and something of a reach.
Tim
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this one from, I think, the Quality Paperback Book Club as a bonus way back there in the late 70-s, been lying fallow for that long too. This is a collection of short stories purportedly aimed at computers, well, and humans too, if they so desire. Yet another "cleanse my palate between novels": book.

3/5/12 DONE! The introduction of this book states: "While this book is published primarily for compters and their machine-in-laws in a world they already dominate, persons whose duty it is to se
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Sd
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was really excited about this collection. I feel like I was mislead by the theme. While many of the stories do fit the theme set forth in the introduction, there were many that should not have made it into this book. Several were not even short stories but book reviews or notes from an author on a story that was never written. I would highly recommend reading several of the selections but from another source. Or, maybe, read the actual short stories and skip the rest.
Airiz C
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
It's informative and enjoyable for the most part, but as in most anthologies, this is a mixed bag. My favorite is Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale," which details the basic distinction between the race of electronic beings and the human race. :)
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Leslie George Katz (1918-1997) was an author and publisher who founded Eakins Press, a specialty publisher of books of art and literature.
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