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PRoblem   By: (1928-1992)

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In Alan Edward Nourse's novel, PRoblem, readers are introduced to a captivating world that explores the themes of artificial intelligence, ethics, and the consequences of human advancement. Set in a future where realistic humanoid robots, or "PRoblems," have become an integral part of society, the author raises thought-provoking questions about the implications of creating machines that resemble humans both physically and emotionally.

The story follows Dr. Daniel Lloyd, a renowned psychologist who specializes in human-PRoblem interactions. When his colleague, Dr. James Forrester, mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind a PRoblem named Adam, Dr. Lloyd is thrown into a dangerous quest to uncover the truth. As he delves deeper into the mystery, he discovers a vast conspiracy that threatens not only his life but potentially the entire future of human-PRoblem coexistence.

Nourse's writing style is crisp and engaging, effortlessly immersing readers into a well-developed and believable world. The ethical dilemmas presented throughout the narrative force readers to question their own perspectives on technology and its impact on society. The author skillfully explores the philosophical conflicts arising from the uncanny resemblance between PRoblems and humans, challenging readers to ponder the boundaries of compassion, free will, and what it means to be truly alive.

The characterization in PRoblem is commendable, with Dr. Lloyd serving as a relatable protagonist whose internal struggles mirror the external crises he faces. Nourse paints a vivid picture of a man torn between the desire to protect his fellow humans and the inclination to empathize with sympathetic PRoblems. The interactions between Dr. Lloyd and Adam, the enigmatic PRoblem left behind by Dr. Forrester, provide some of the most heartfelt moments in the novel.

However, while Nourse successfully navigates complex themes, the story occasionally falls into predictable plot twists, utilizing tropes that experienced readers may find familiar. This minor flaw, however, does not detract significantly from the overall strength of the novel.

PRoblem is a captivating and thought-provoking read that prompts readers to reflect on the future of technology and its moral implications. Nourse skillfully weaves together elements of science fiction and philosophy, making this book a compelling addition to the genre. Whether you are a fan of AI-driven narratives or simply someone seeking a captivating novel that challenges your beliefs, PRoblem is an excellent choice that is sure to leave you pondering the fate of humanity and the machines we create.

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by Alan E. Nourse

The letter came down the slot too early that morning to be the regular mail run. Pete Greenwood eyed the New Philly photocancel with a dreadful premonition. The letter said:

PETER: Can you come East chop chop, urgent? Grdznth problem getting to be a PRoblem, need expert icebox salesman to get gators out of hair fast. Yes? Math boys hot on this, citizens not so hot. Please come. TOMMY

Pete tossed the letter down the gulper with a sigh. He had lost a bet to himself because it had come three days later than he expected, but it had come all the same, just as it always did when Tommy Heinz got himself into a hole.

Not that he didn't like Tommy. Tommy was a good PR man, as PR men go. He just didn't know his own depth. PRoblem in a beady Grdznth eye! What Tommy needed right now was a Bazooka Battalion, not a PR man. Pete settled back in the Eastbound Rocketjet with a sigh of resignation.

He was just dozing off when the fat lady up the aisle let out a scream. A huge reptilian head had materialized out of nowhere and was hanging in air, peering about uncertainly. A scaly green body followed, four feet away, complete with long razor talons, heavy hind legs, and a whiplash tail with a needle at the end... Continue reading book >>

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