Nine Science Fiction Stories
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Nine Science Fiction Stories

About the Book

First off, I'm a storyteller. I always have been since my father encouraged four-year-old me to make up stories from words he found in his nightly newspaper.

Secondly, I've written hundreds of stories and told even more.

But thirdly, I'm not much of a short-story writer. Quite frankly, I'm rather long-winded, so my stories usually take a long time to relate. So how come I'm releasing a collection, a book, of my short stories?

Like most people, I'm many things: husband, father, grandfather, consultant, stone-egg collector, hiker, dog trainer, teacher, and very much a writer. Both fiction and non-fiction. I like to combine some of my persona to obtain synergy among them. For instance, I love to collect an egg each time I'm traveling on one of my consulting gigs. Or, I enjoy relating a story or two when I'm on hiking in the New Mexico mountains.

In the same way, I write stories that support my teaching and my non-fiction writing–but also, to promote my longer fiction, my novels. This collection demonstrates another of those synergies: the relationships between my short-fiction and my long fiction, especially my science fiction.

So, if you're interested in that synergy, read on. Or, even if you're just interested in some short science fiction stories, read on anyway. You might learn something, but in any case, I'm quite confident you'll enjoy yourself.

About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald M. 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.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Story 1. The Fixer
    • Author’s Note
  • Story 2. How I Learned to Solve Problems
    • Author’s Note:
  • Story 3. The Moon is a Harsh Pig
    • Author’s Note:
  • Story 4. Bi-Quinary Search
    • Author’s Note:
  • Story 5. Opera Fin
    • Author’s Note
  • Story 6. Pure Health
    • Author’s Note
  • Story 7. Cheating
    • Author’s Note
  • Story 8. The Blind Warrior
    • Author’s Note
  • Story 9. Jigglers
    • Author’s Note

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