Aremac Power
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Aremac Power

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Marna has a PhD in theoretical physics. So does Tess. Marna is unhappy because nobody will pay attention to her theory of quantum displacement. Tess is unhappy because everybody is paying attention to her husband's reverse camera, Aremac. Half the FBI thinks Roger has the answer to the terrorism problem. The other half thinks he's a terrorist.

 Marna husband, Karl, a talented painter, is an alcoholic, and never paints anything. Roger rarely drinks, but invents everything.

Aremac threatens to overturn the world of jurisprudence, because it can project pictures from inside the human brain. Police use Aremac to free the innocent and convict the guilty. Marna's theory imperils the entire human economic system by offering perpetual power at virtually zero cost.

The entire world wants control over these inventions. They will go to any length to get them, but first they would have to defeat Tess and Marna's team of geniuses.

Reviewer Mike Shepherd,  author of the Kris Longknife series said: "A gripping story ripped from tomorrow's headlines.  A great cast of characters, not one of them afraid to be smart ... and with 'tude to spare.  A fun read as a familiar name in books takes a swing at the novel ... and scores a home run!"

 Peter Sykes, in Sci-Fi Lists, added: "Computer hall of famer Jerry Weinberg proves a natural at writing sci-fi in this breakneck techno-thriller. The FBI gets interested when grad students Tess Myers and the nerdy but somewhat brilliant Roger Fixman develop a machine that can take snapshots of memories. With double-dealing agents, atypical terrorists and a dash of humor Weinberg's proficiency in physics and communication sciences comes to the fore. As with all good thrillers readers are kept guessing for a while until it comes time to sit back, hold on and enjoy the final run home.


About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald Weinberg

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the nine-volume Quality Software series.

I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Where There's a Will There's a Murder, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books that are not yet on Leanpub may be found as eBooks at <>; on Amazon at; and at Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for my writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

But the "award" I'm most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

Gerald Weinberg

Episode 82

Table of Contents

  • Even small mouse has anger
  • I had nothing to do with it
  • We are not paying you to fail
  • Arnie says we’ll beat them, eventually
  • He doesn’t like to see me cry
  • How much is “a little torture”The Limited was scheduled to arrive at eight-thirty, but Tess asked Denise to drop her off at Union Station forty-five minutes early She wanted time in case she changed her mind about meeting Inga Steinman. Denise, her long black hair done up in an elaborate knot, offered to stay and give moral support, but Tess refused the offer. It’s because I need support that I want to do this alone. I need the practice.
  • That’s nice, dear
  • We can never take a government deal
  • Something that screens out calls from idiots
  • I’m a half breed, like your husband
  • You nippers are giving me a blinder
  • Einstein says fat is relative
  • Fear is controlled by the medial prefrontal cortex
  • What are you selling?
  • He said he was playing poker
  • You’re the world’s greatest manipulator
  • Yes, sometimes he kicks me
  • Weapons?
  • Did she make any other contacts?
  • They must have fifty digits each
  • I want you to read my code
  • Maybe I’m truly chasing a phantom
  • Why does it have to be random?
  • What’s so funny about magnesium?
  • You would give up a sure Nobel Prize
  • Bigger than Aremac? What could that be?
  • Dongle? Is that like a dangle?
  • What is this place? Some kind of sweatshop?
  • Can you tell who they are?
  • No system can be entirely closed
  • Speak Navajo
  • What headaches?
  • Let’s just say you won’t need your retirement plan
  • That’s faster than a speeding bullet
  • You had her spying on me?
  • We have a warrant
  • Are we really running out of money?
  • Money is okay, but just money is not
  • What do you mean, no constitutional rights in here?
  • I’m not one to smooth over the truth
  • Please don’t throw me in the briar patch
  • It’s getting to be quite a kludge
  • Thinking is all I can do, strapped to this gurney
  • If this baby blows, I could lose half my new building
  • It’s a real system diagram
  • I thought you Syrians knew all about rugs
  • This time, they might not spare Heidi
  • These two looked like federal agents
  • Enough waffling
  • Where am I going to get a rock?
  • They’ll no doubt try to kidnap you again
  • All Indians look alike–even if they’re Arabs
  • I think we’re being watched
  • I love watching ice melt
  • I think she’s gone nuts
  • Aremac 2
  • Stay with us until New Jersey
  • You might save a life
  • Tess didn’t really believe about the danger of pirates
  • She doesn’t want to look too carefully at Nascha’s jewelry
  • If the pirate comes through that door, you shoot first
  • Why did you put a Navajo woman in the snood?
  • I waited on four FBI agents
  • There aren’t that many phones to tap in Crownpoint
  • Well, then is that him waving to us?
  • Three men are accused of rape
  • The nose ring must be removed
  • It melted the insides into a lump
  • The judge gave a speech, translated as “guilty
  • Tell me exactly what didn’t work
  • Didn’t you tell her about the anti torture system?
  • I’ll come see you as soon as I can
  • I don’t believe Alicia would like that
  • My weapon is under the seat somewhere
  • The needle’s resting on the pin already
  • You have to leave right away
  • We’re in deep trouble–no time for pouting
  • All I need now is for Karl to show up
  • They couldn’t see the lion yet
  • Here, while I get the face putty ready
  • They haven’t hit us yet
  • He would hear you better if you didn’t talk
  • It’s a totally minimal bridge
  • Your associates have been captured
  • Your associates have been captured
  • About thirty reasons, not counting the crocodiles
  • The FBI is coming to arrest you
  • That’s not the problem I’m trying to solve
  • Dr Savron is the only one who can do that.
  • Maybe we can dodge the crocs
  • There’s no felony
  • We’re out of the frying pan into the fire–again
  • There’s nothing I can do about it now
  • The men seemed to love big women
  • Whatever happened to patriotism?
  • No, that’s a whole lot of money
  • He wanted to know if you used to beat me
  • I wouldn’t trust her
  • Other Books by Jerry Weinberg
  • About the Author
  • The Cover Artist

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