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The Tale of The Wicked by John Scalzi
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Feb 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction

Everything written by John Scalzi is good. It's just a matter of how good.

Scalzi's short story, 'Tale of the Wicked', delves into the mind of a ship's computer. Advancements in computing have provided a foundation for artificial intelligence, and a ship's computer picks a particularly inopportune time to start living under Isaac Asimov's three rules of robotics:
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

This is a fun little story. Obviously it doesn't have the depth of a full Scalzi novel, but he manages to create robust and well-fleshed characters in even the shortest of his works.

This isn't great Scalzi, but this is a very good and terrifically fun read.

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