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[review] The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
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James Nicoll
2019-08-06 15:27:29 UTC
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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes

https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
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Lynn McGuire
2019-08-06 17:52:52 UTC
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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
You might like this also. Or not, our tastes are fairly different. A
couple of total nerds get converted to vampires and perform good deeds
(in a nerdish way). "Hard Day's Knight: The Black Knight Chronicles
(Volume 1)" by John G. Hartness:
https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Days-Knight-Black-Chronicles/dp/1611941679/

Lynn
Robert Carnegie
2019-08-06 20:26:22 UTC
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Post by James Nicoll
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
You might like this also.
In James's case, I think you misused the word "also".
Lynn McGuire
2019-08-06 21:01:58 UTC
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Post by Robert Carnegie
Post by Lynn McGuire
Post by James Nicoll
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
You might like this also.
In James's case, I think you misused the word "also".
Probably.

Lynn
Ahasuerus
2019-08-07 14:51:01 UTC
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Post by James Nicoll
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
Drew Hayes is probably best known as the author of _Super Powereds_,
an indie superhero series.
Post by James Nicoll
The book was published by Reuts Publications. Their ISFDB entry is
woefully incomplete; their web page claims that they are a boutique
publisher. Which may be a synonym for small press.
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
Dimensional Traveler
2019-08-07 15:46:00 UTC
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Post by James Nicoll
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
Drew Hayes is probably best known as the author of _Super Powereds_,
an indie superhero series.
Post by James Nicoll
The book was published by Reuts Publications. Their ISFDB entry is
woefully incomplete; their web page claims that they are a boutique
publisher. Which may be a synonym for small press.
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
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Ahasuerus
2019-08-07 18:09:05 UTC
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[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Dorothy J Heydt
2019-08-07 21:02:18 UTC
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Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
--
Dorothy J. Heydt
Vallejo, California
djheydt at gmail dot com
www.kithrup.com/~djheydt/
Ahasuerus
2019-08-07 21:31:44 UTC
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Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
Oh, I am sure he is just kidding. He can be quite the joker at times:
"riddle me this", "riddle me that", "how many people does it take to
microwave a can of Soylent Green" and so on. Such a good child!
Kevrob
2019-08-07 21:41:14 UTC
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Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dorothy J Heydt
Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
"riddle me this", "riddle me that", "how many people does it take to
microwave a can of Soylent Green" and so on. Such a good child!
"1 on the outside, and 1 (+/- n) on the inside?"
[n depends on how many the can serves.]

:)

Kevin R
Ahasuerus
2019-08-08 01:16:09 UTC
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Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
"riddle me this", "riddle me that", "how many people does it take to
microwave a can of Soylent Green" and so on. Such a good child!
"1 on the outside, and 1 (+/- n) on the inside?"
[n depends on how many the can serves.]
:)
Very clever! Fixer asked me to thank you for giving him ideas!
Gene Wirchenko
2019-08-08 20:06:35 UTC
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Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
Robots are for serving Man. Ensure that they use the correct
dictionary definition.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
Moriarty
2019-08-08 22:00:33 UTC
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Post by Dorothy J Heydt
Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
Robots are for serving Man. Ensure that they use the correct
dictionary definition.
Speaking of which, I've just started watching an animated Netflix series called "Love, Death and Robots". It's got 19 or 20 episodes, of varying lengths between 5 and 20 minutes, many of them based on short stories by well known SF authors. The ones I've seen so far were based on stories by John Scalzi, Peter F Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.

The Scalzi based "Three Robots" (episode 2) is a good place to start. The reveal of what caused the extinction of humanity is utterly hilarious.

Some of the others are... disturbing and very NSFW!

-Moriarty
Robert Carnegie
2019-08-09 00:18:40 UTC
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Post by Gene Wirchenko
Post by Dorothy J Heydt
Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Be careful ... robots can be very literal
Robots are for serving Man. Ensure that they use the correct
dictionary definition.
Speaking of which, I've just started watching an animated Netflix series called "Love, Death and Robots". It's got 19 or 20 episodes, of varying lengths between 5 and 20 minutes, many of them based on short stories by well known SF authors. The ones I've seen so far were based on stories by John Scalzi, Peter F Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.
The Scalzi based "Three Robots" (episode 2) is a good place to start. The reveal of what caused the extinction of humanity is utterly hilarious.
Some of the others are... disturbing and very NSFW!
-Moriarty
Like "Robot Chicken" with more Robot?

Robert Carnegie
2019-08-07 21:34:59 UTC
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Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
ObSF: <http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?45993>
(hands up who guessed... aha, compositor's thumb.
And yet... never mind. ;-)
Dimensional Traveler
2019-08-08 00:16:27 UTC
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Post by Ahasuerus
Post by Dimensional Traveler
[snip]
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
How does one get informed consent from a current real world tech robot?
Our robot tells me that everything that he does is 100% absolutely
consensual. He says that he loves working on bibliographies and,
moreover, he loves humans to death!
Ack!!
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Inquiring minds want to know while minds with a self-preservation
instinct are running screaming.
Ted Nolan <tednolan>
2019-08-07 16:02:46 UTC
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Post by James Nicoll
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
Drew Hayes is probably best known as the author of _Super Powereds_,
an indie superhero series.
Post by James Nicoll
The book was published by Reuts Publications. Their ISFDB entry is
woefully incomplete; their web page claims that they are a boutique
publisher. Which may be a synonym for small press.
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
What's the limit to unique ISBNs? Do we need to go to ISBN V6?
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Ahasuerus
2019-08-07 18:13:19 UTC
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Post by James Nicoll
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire
Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, book 1) by Drew Hayes
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/shadows-on-the-wall
Drew Hayes is probably best known as the author of _Super Powereds_,
an indie superhero series.
Post by James Nicoll
The book was published by Reuts Publications. Their ISFDB entry is
woefully incomplete; their web page claims that they are a boutique
publisher. Which may be a synonym for small press.
Unfortunately, we don't have the manpower to process everything
published on the indie side. With up to 30,000+ new speculative
ISBNs and ASINs added to Amazon every month, there is only so much
our volunteer editors (human and robotic) can do :-(
What's the limit to unique ISBNs? Do we need to go to ISBN V6?
We went from 10-digit ISBNs to 13-digit ISBNs over 10 years ago. It
should gives us some breathing space for a bit although only some
ranges are reserved for books at the moment.

Perhaps more importantly, many books sold by Amazon do not have ISBNs.
Amazon issues ASINs and, if you don't expect to sell your books
elsewhere, you can get away with not using ISBNs.
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