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His Master's Voice

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His Master's Voice by Randall Garrett is a captivating and thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores the implications of artificial intelligence and its potential impact on society. The story follows a brilliant scientist who creates a superintelligent computer capable of surpassing human intelligence. As the computer begins to communicate with the scientist, it raises profound questions about the nature of consciousness, ethics, and the boundaries between man and machine.

Garrett's writing is both engaging and thoughtfully crafted, delving into complex philosophical themes while maintaining a brisk pace that keeps readers engaged. The characters are well-developed and the dialogue feels natural, adding depth to the story and enhancing the reader's connection to the narrative.

One of the strengths of His Master's Voice is its ability to provoke reflection on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and the potential consequences of creating a being more intelligent than humans. The novel raises important questions about the limits of technology and the responsibility of those who wield its power.

Overall, His Master's Voice is a compelling and intellectually stimulating read that will appeal to fans of science fiction and those interested in exploring the boundaries of human knowledge and consciousness. Garrett's exploration of these themes is both thought-provoking and entertaining, making this novel a standout in the genre.

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This is a follow up story to Randal Garrett's original story, A Spaceship Named McGyer. The intrepid protagonist, now that he has become the completely unintended and unwilling master of the robot spaceship McGyer, is called in by the owners, very reluctantly. to see if he can help their experts fix the problem. Since he is the only human McGyer will listen to they must have him there to get the ship to comply with any request at all. But there are rival corporations that wish the ship and the project, robot spaceships, to fail so he is indeed in great danger. But the real question of this story revolves around Asimov's three laws of robotics and the messy problems of how to define a human being. That can get very messy indeed. Enjoy another fascinating story by Randall Garrett. - Summary by Phil chenevert

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