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Mowshowitz, Abbe. (ed.) Inside Information. Computers in fiction


Preface Abbe Mowshowitz
Part 1. The New Dispensation Abbe Mowshowitz
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Richard Brautigan The Pill vs. the Springtown Mine Disaster, 1968
from: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein If Dec ’65; New York: Putnam, 1966
from: The Jagged Orbit John Brunner New York: Ace, 1969
from Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. New York: Scribner’s, 1952
from: Journey Beyond Tomorrow Robert Sheckley New York: Dell, 1962
Report Donald Barthelme New Yorker, 1966
Part 2. Information and Power Abbe Mowshowitz
The Nine Billion Names of God Arthur C. Clarke Star Science Fiction Stories #1, Ballantine, 1953
What’s the Name of That Town? R. A. Lafferty Galaxy Oct ’64
from: Giles Goat-Boy John Barth Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966
Answer Fredric Brown Angels and Spaceships, Dutton, 1954
Part 3. Clockwork Society Abbe Mowshowitz
from: A Modern Utopia H. G. Wells 1905
Examination Day Henry Slesar Playboy Feb ’58
from: This Perfect Day Ira Levin New York: Random House, 1970
from: The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1956
Walter Perkins Is Here! Raymond E. Banks The Future Is Now, 1970
Part 4. Responsibility and Secision-Making Abbe Mowshowitz
Nobody Lives on Burton Street Gregory Benford Amazing May ’70
from: The Steel Crocodile D. G. Compton New York: Ace, 1970
Top Stand-By Job Philip K. Dick Amazing Oct ’63
Franchise Isaac Asimov If Aug ’55
Part 5. Broken Promises Abbe Mowshowitz
A Sigh for Cybernetics Felicia Lamport Harper’s Jan ’61
FORM 5640: Report of a Malfunction Bruce Kawin Data Processing, 1967
MS Fnd in a Lbry Hal Draper F&SF Dec ’61
Moxon’s Master Ambrose Bierce San Francisco Examiner Apr 16, 1899
Part 6. Control of Behavior Abbe Mowshowitz
The Twenty-Third Psalm—Modern Style Alan Simpson Washington University Magazine, 1961
from: The 480 Eugene Burdick New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964
Machines of Loving Grace Gardner R. Dozois Orbit 11, G.P. Putnam’s, 1972
from: Journey Beyond Tomorrow Robert Sheckley New York: Dell, 1962
from: Fistful of Digits Christopher Hodder-Williams London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1968
Part 7. Human Vitality Abbe Mowshowitz
Hardcastle Ron Goulart What’s Become of Screwloose? and Other Inquiries, Scribners, 1971
Instinct Lester del Rey Astounding Jan ’52
The Feeling of Power Isaac Asimov If Feb ’58
Part 8. Man in Transition Abbe Mowshowitz
Univac to Univac Louis B. Salomon Harper’s Mar ’58
from: Nova Samuel R. Delany Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968
from: The Adding Machine Elmer L. Rice Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1922
Full Sun Brian W. Aldiss Orbit 2, Berkley Medallion, 1967
from: The Tale of the Big Computer Olaf Johannesson London: Gollancz, 1968

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