Earth's Endless Effort
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Earth's Endless Effort

About the Book

When a pipeline project threatens to cut LAFE's brain in half, LAFE overcomes long-standing antipathy toward human beings and seeks the aid of Daphne DeFreest. But first they must heal her broken body and find a way to communicate. This is their story.

Because she's changed in many tree-like ways, Daphne first has to make herself presentable to a society that doesn't favor green skin, nails, and blood. LAFE manages to delay the digging until the crew must stop digging for the winter—when he must go dormant.

By the time LAFE wakes in the spring, Daphne still hasn't quite enough money for LAFE's defense. They must find a way to connect LAFE to the internet, where he can use his magnificent computing power to help Daphne attempt a daring coup. Unfortunately, her ruthless cousin Russell notices her coup in the financial press. Russell has Daphne drugged, kidnapped, and committed to a private asylum in the Adirondacks.

If LAFE is to be saved, Daphne must somehow escape the asylum and solve a series problems—physical, legal, incendiary, financial, and emotional. Her efforts take her halfway around the world, and may cost her the love of her life.

What will she do? So as not to spoil the story, we'll let you read the conclusions for yourself.

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

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Table of Contents

  • Chased
  • Dreams
  • Spiders
  • “It’s me!”
  • Captive
  • Buddy
  • Alien
  • Hibernation
  • LAFE
  • Mikio
  • Rescuer
  • Naked
  • Green
  • Wealth
  • Blood
  • Money
  • Identity
  • Shopping
  • Illegal
  • Tightrope
  • Sleepy
  • Signals
  • Promontory
  • Like
  • Perfume
  • Login
  • Passwords
  • Bandits
  • Short
  • Irregularities
  • Cousins
  • Prison
  • Visitors
  • Hulk
  • Grocery
  • Grubstake
  • Canada
  • Sticky
  • Bilingual
  • Crossing
  • Attention
  • Chipboard
  • Eyes
  • Improvements
  • Testing
  • Healing
  • Slowdown
  • Bangladesh
  • WEP
  • Hiring
  • Shots
  • Daddy
  • Village
  • Jungle
  • Nuha
  • Waterproof
  • Cyclone
  • Crocodiles
  • Results
  • Taxes
  • Kampers
  • Machinations
  • Snitch
  • Contest
  • Whupped
  • Waiting
  • Skibobs
  • Matchmaking
  • Improvements
  • Coy
  • Obnoxious
  • Compassion
  • Why
  • Dumping
  • Batteries
  • Bulldozed
  • Death
  • Rosalie
  • Parade
  • Tally
  • Run
  • Whistle
  • Nerd
  • Firestorm
  • LAFE
  • Board
  • Foundation
  • Other Books by Jerry Weinberg
  • About the Author

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