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douche · 2016-12-08 · Original thread
The Black Company by Glen Cook[1]. Gritty low-fantasy story about a more-or-less lovable band of misfit mercenaries.

The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough[2]. Account of the history of the building of the Panama Canal, from the first French attempts, their collapse, the political and business machinations to transfer ownership to the US.

A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire by Geoffrey Wawro[3]. History of Austro-Hungary in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Great War and the disastrous first year of the war on the Austrian fronts.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi[4]. Military Sci-fi. Elderly earthers are recruited, have their consciousness implanted in young, superhuman, and extra-human, clones, and are sent out to the stars to wage questionable war to expand the human race.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman[5]. Starship Troopers, except with relativity, and so the poor SOBs on the front-lines watch the rest of the world move ahead millenias around them.

Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears by William Hertling[6]. A team at a suspiciously Google-like corporation inadvertently creates an AI system integrated with their email system, which develops beyond its creators wildest dreams.







toomuchtodo · 2016-07-20 · Original thread
That's actually part of the premise in the scfi novel "Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears":

Excellent book. Highly recommend it and its sequels.

ohazi · 2016-05-15 · Original thread
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears by William Hertling, as well as the other three books in the series.

n0us · 2016-02-01 · Original thread

This reminds me of a book I read recently in which they put the servers on barges. I was an entertaining read, 1/1 would recommend.

icey · 2015-11-03 · Original thread
I just started reading Avogadro Corp ( this weekend, and this reminds me quite a lot of the emergent AI that figures heavily in the story (ELOPe). A quick synopsis: developers build a system to "improve" responses from emails. The system at some point is given the ability to send emails on its own, and a poorly issued directive. It's been an engaging read so far, and fairly hilarious since the corporation in the book is very obviously based on Google.
toomuchtodo · 2015-06-23 · Original thread

"David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers. But excitement turns to fear as the team realizes that they are being manipulated by an A.I. who is redirecting corporate funds, reassigning personnel and arming itself in pursuit of its own agenda. "

This story immediately reminded me of Avogadro Corp:

It's a great book where someone basically develops Crystal except it can compose messages too. Then it realizes that humans don't have to be in the loop at all..

breischl · 2013-10-25 · Original thread
I believe this was literally Chapter 1 (ok, maybe chapter 2 or 3) of "Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears" [1]. Life imitates art, I guess? Or maybe that author is more prescient than I gave him credit for.


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