The Aremac Project
The Aremac Project
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The Aremac Project

Last updated on 2014-04-29

About the Book

While a pair of grad students push the boundaries of neuroscience and nanotechnology to create software that takes pictures of a person's memory, a terrorist group has been bombing landmarks in Chicago, attempting to extort millions from the city. In the desperate search for clues, two agents hire the grad students, hoping to apply their experimental discoveries to learn more from a suspect's mind. When a sudden murder stymies their investigation, the investigators and the unique Aremac project become the terrorist's next target!

Gerald M. Weinberg has covered the area of systems thinking, writing, and secrets of consulting with a handful of books already. In the light of his previous publications "The Aremac Project" is perhaps an odd one - it's a thriller, not a handbook. "The Aremac Project" is a thrilling story about young geniuses, terrorism, FBI agents, bombs, a mind reading device, and above all it really is a story about a software development project.

Software development is a rare subject in fiction. If you've read any or some of mr Weinberg's other books you'll see pieces of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book. Like the "A Buffalo Story" from "The Secrets of Consulting". "He's like a buffalo. I can get him to do anything I want him to do, as long as he wants to do it." And there's a Robin Hood character, the "Bag Bandit", who teaches bureaucrats about queueing theory and systems thinking. 

The heroes of this story, the two married genius hardware and software engineers, Tess and Roger, are assigned to a federal-funded anti-terrorism project, with the aim to develop a mind reading device, lead by professor Wyatt. Tess and Roger are of course not informed about the true origins of this project when they sign on the project, but the implications of the project are bound to make them aware soon enough. Professor Wyatt turns out to be utterly incompetent. In fact, you could read the book and use his examples as anti patterns for project management. 

Professor Wyatt isn't just an incompetent leader, he's a dangerous programmer as well. A hack in the Aremac's control program's compiled code causes a massive electromagnetic jolt to be released while Tess is strapped to the machine, rendering Tess to a stable paralyzed condition. With Tess paralyzed, Roger turns his focus on helping Tess back to normal, using the Aremac technology. At the same time a group of terrorists are bombing soft targets in Chicago and the FBI is growing more and more impatient to use the Aremac. Tess and Roger are soon entangled in a very challenging software development project.

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 <http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JerryWeinberg>; on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000AP8TZ8; and at Barnes and Noble bookstore: http://tinyurl.com/4eudqk5.

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.

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Table of Contents

  • Love and Chaos
  • They Found a Survivor
  • It Wasn’t Really Fair to You
  • Why Haven’t They Terminated Him?
  • Someday I’m Going to Marry You
  • Where Are You Taking Him?
  • So, You Saw the Bag Bandit?
  • Muslims Are Citizens, Too!
  • I’ll Admit He’s a Clever Boy
  • Wrigley Would Be a Good Choice
  • He’s Only Half Arab
  • Modesty Is Boring
  • We’re Not So Safe
  • We Would Like to Explore Some Ideas
  • Has He Talked?
  • It’s Not Arabic
  • When Will I Have the Device?
  • How Did You Know?
  • They’ll Become Careless
  • You’ll Get Me All Wet
  • We Will Use Human Subjects
  • What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
  • How About You and the Bag Bandit Get Married?
  • We Have to Speed Things Up
  • The Vice President Will Be Visiting Chicago
  • I Know I’m Tess, and I Know I’m Awake
  • Now I’m a “Case”
  • We’ll Send In Our Cryptology People
  • We Need You Working At Your Best
  • I Was Such a Fool
  • We Should Storm the Hospital
  • Only Twenty two More Digits to Go
  • What Does That Mean, “Minor Surgery”?
  • Has She Become An Idiot Savant?
  • He’s Burned Over Most of His Body
  • Want to Make Love?
  • I’ll Deliver the Details By the Usual Method
  • If It’s a Dead End, Yes
  • So, She Doesn’t Even Speak Arabic
  • Let’s See If You Can Stop That
  • Why Don’t You Play CYA?
  • He’s Still a Human Being
  • She Murdered Our Subject
  • Another Martyr to Our Cause
  • I Saw the Murder
  • They Probably Can’t Win
  • Smart Dog
  • Torture Wasn’t Out of the Question
  • Stop Kicking and Invent Something Else
  • What’s She Barking At?
  • You Want To Make Legal History?
  • He Had That Poison Pill in His Tooth
  • It’s a Picture of a Navajo Rug
  • They Offered Us Three Million Dollars
  • I’m On the Side of Justice
  • It’s His Patent Claims We Want
  • It Will Know If You’re Lying
  • You Could Hire Better Doctors for Tess
  • We Can Catch This One Small Fly With Honey
  • My Client Wishes to Buy Your Company
  • I Don’t Have Any Agent Training
  • I Would Do Anything To Give Her a Chance
  • I Am Mr
  • Simply Use More Powerful Explosives
  • Let’s Get Some Puppies
  • I Think She’s a Spy
  • Do You Know Who My Companions Are?
  • So It Could Have Been Worse
  • The More We Use, The More Clues We Leave
  • I Thought He Was a Fraud?
  • Take Me Home
  • Do We Want to Help the FBI?
  • Not Even a Flea on a Dog’s Belly
  • Are You Going to Finish Your Tongue?
  • Don’t Hurt Them
  • There Might Be a Bomb Inside
  • How Long Will It Take To Repair the Aremac?
  • It’s Got To Be a Fake
  • We Need Something to Prove It’s a Fake
  • Don’t Ask Me Any More Silly Questions
  • It Takes Only One Person to Set Off a Bomb
  • Do I Have To Shave My Head?
  • So, You Were Able To Fool It
  • Just Give Me a Picture of the Nurse
  • I Won’t Go Without Tess
  • What Are You Trying To Pull?
  • I Can Solve My Problem Quite Easily
  • I Need Her Alive
  • I Don’t Want Any Tubes
  • A Few Loose Ends
  • Other Books by Jerry Weinberg
  • About the Author

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