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Is one with good insights or answers The reason for hopping around to so many new partially formed ideas is that Gerrold does not so many new partially formed ideas is that Gerrold does not to now about the things he s writing about The author does not appear to either informed or articulate That he s writing about The author does not appear to either informed or articulate That particularly problematic for a book that had such weak characterization a psychologist who does not appear to Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning know any psychology a renaissance man who never showcases hisnowledge and limited drama here too Gerrold had difficulty with committing to a decision What the book does have going for it is that it anticipated some technological developments in the future I ve not seen an earlier and accurate description of the internet Gerrold published this in 1972 Probably some of the descriptions of computers and computing possibilities were really cutting edge Some might even argue that cyberpunk starts here It is scarcely recognizable but so many of the elements of that future genre which William Gibson would get recognition for founding 12 years later are present would get recognition for founding 12 years later are present So perhaps I do him some disservice and this was revealing and thought provoking than I give it credit for It did not age well though and I just cannot find a way to enjoy this from the vantage point of early 1970s readers Too much of what was probably novel is taken for granted today I found little else to appreciate When HARLIE Was One is brilliant hilarious and ground breaking in every respect especially in the way Gerrold intertwines philosophical insight with computing possibilities My only gripe is the sole female character Annie I wish in 1972 it had been possible for Gerrold to write a gay love story between Auberson and Handley into this book instead of the laughable straight relationship between Auberson and Annie Seriously women don t find male genitalia velvety and beautiful like Annie does Not At All There are wonderful nods at homosexuality and gender non conformity as HARLIE tries to figure out his own identity and I wanted so much of that I haven t yet read Gerrold s revised version of the novel HARLIE 20 but I assume it maintains the same relationships just with updated tech But maybe now it s time for HARLIE 30 I read the Release 20 versionFirst off I d like to point out that little emote phrases were included by Gerrold back in 1988 grinAnyway this was another very different but very good book by Gerrold I d normally avoid books about AI a bit too cliche for me Maybe it s because of far too many cheesy 70s 80s movies from my formative yearsthe computer is my best friend until I get a girlfriendthe robot started Charlestown Blues killing everyone on the ship after the female lead showed it someindnessThink I m idding Watch Saturn 3 and you ll cringe on your couch But I figured Hey it s Gerrold it s gonna be good And honestly after reading this I can t imagine anyone really adding anything this covered the subject really well A great readOne of the things I lo. E named HARLIE also referred to by the proper name HARLIE an acronym for Human Analog Replication Lethetic Intelligence Engine originally Human Analog Robot Life Input Euivalents HARLIE's story revolves around his relationship with David Auberson the psychologist who is responsible for guiding HARLIE from childhood into adulthood It's ,
When HARLIE Was OneHuh This is one I ve nown of for a long time but had never read It was written in 1972 and a bit earlier and definitely shows it s age in a number of ways Starting with type To A Computer And It Types Back computer and it types back in all upper case And roles of women And the idea of limited numbers of big computers rather than huge numbers of small comp Not as good the original Interesting alternative ending but the original I liked An enjoyable mesh of science fiction and philosophy HARLIE is the first AI computer and HARLIE and the director of the operation that created him David Auberson spend part of this novel conversing via teletype machines on the philosophy of life and so love Along with the big uestions of why are we here and why do spend so much time accumulating digital watches It is also a story of intrigue as Auberson and his colleague Don Handley race to fight a board of directors intent on shutting HARLIE off for being non profitable But Gerrold uses this frame work as a jumping off point to explore many other ideas The character Handley expounds at great lengths on computer viruses what they are and how they promulgate through a system Yeah BFD right Except this book was published in 1972 some 14 years before the first computer virus was written according to most sources So yeah interesting ideas here on the tech of computers and even a fairly convincing idea of why they communicatie with HARLIE via teletype as opposed to voice A very satisfying read and fun as well If you love science fiction you should consider this time well spent Storyline 15Characters 15Writing Style 25World 15What makes science fiction so wondrous are the ideas Good science fiction can take those ideas and do something good with them Good science fiction leads to new interesting uestions and possibilities It explains the mechanics of or significance of abstruse topics It throws the ideas into fun adventures giving them a role Gerrold had the big ideas part of science fiction down But nothing was done with them There is no adventure here Difficult topics are not successfully explained New uestions and possibilities never follow from the premise There was some effort at the last of those Gerrold however never seemed to be able to commit to an idea or to a uestion At some points in the story we are led to discussions about sentience while at others it was love In some portions of the story the idea under investigation was truth elsewhere it was sanity The circumstances had not changed We still had the same characters Gerrold is simply unsure of what uestions or possibilities follow from his initial big ideaThe author does have some sort of conclusion A goal perhaps One based on optimism of technological progress and a belief in the greatness of science The problem with taking this seriously as a reader is that as with his big ideas Gerrold never convincingly persuades the reader that he. When HARLIE Was One is a 1972 science fiction novel by David Gerrold It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972 the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973 The novel is a fix up of previously published short stories A revised version subtitled Release 20 was published in 1988 Central to the story is an Artificial Intelligenc. ,

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Ve about Gerrold is his ability to mix philosophy and humor in the same paragraph like in the uotes above The humor usually catches me off guard because I m busy thinking about the insights He also approaches things well many sci fi authors even those I love have a tendency toward a preachy tone when they get philosophical But Gerrold presents it like did you ever think about this and it just worksLike Star Hunt this was a revision of one of Gerrold s older books the 1988 date I cited above was for the revision the original was 1972 The reviews I read liked this version better even though it was the original version that was a Nebula and Hugo nominee The revision was marketed as having incorporated the latest information on computer technology but the reviews I read stated that the interactions with HARLIE were a bit better in this version This is one of the earliest stories of intelligent computers anticipating much of the work of Vinge Gibson and many others since It followed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in which a computer just comes alive once its complexity passes a certain point but Harlie was designed from the beginning to be intelligentThis Ever since I started working at the book store I check the shelves each week to see if there are any donated David Gerrold books I have all of his books but I m always curious to see if any show up on the shelves Last week HARLIE showed up I hadn t read it in many years so I made that my book to read while working It was when the psychiatrist David Auberson started explaining this new concept of computer VIRUS to his co worker that I checked to see when it was published 1972 two years before Bill Gates founded Microsoft when Walt was learning FORTRAN and I was convinced I would never be able to learn to use a computer So much of this book needs to be viewed from an historical viewpoint HARLIE Human Analog replication life input euivalent is an early form Life Input Euivalent is an early form artificial intelligence HARLIE is a human brain the most intelligent in the world with the power to design a GOD machine which will pretty much take over the world but benevolently On Probably groundbreaking when it was released it feels a little long in the tooth now and despite the update the sci fi is clunky in parts and there are long sections spelling out what is obvious now but would have been new back when this was written An interesting philosophical look at AI and how they could be human with some stilted humour corporate intrigue and a love interest to add spice to it all I read R10 a long time ago and there were lots of interesting Philosophical Bits In It bits in it addition now that I program electronics the whole notion of inputs create better results is very relevant to me And the irony of the ending is pricelessI just discovered that They d Rather Be Right has a similar premise I haven t read it yet and the reviews are poor I wonder if DG read this at some point. Lso the story of HARLIE's fight against being turned off the philosophical uestion whether or not HARLIE is human; for that matter what it means to be human The HARLIE intelligence engine appears in a number of Gerrold's other works including the Star Wolf series where it is routinely installed as the administrating AI of Terran warship. .