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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809557487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809557486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,660,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For its compelling vision of what could be, you will want to take more than a glimpse of Creative Destruction. -- Review from Fast Forward TV (monthly SF show), March 2007 (episode 199). Review also on the show's website: http://www.fast-forward.tv/bookreviews/bookreview_199.html

From the Author

Creative Destruction collects eight of my computer-themed shorter works, ranging from a few pages to a short novel. The introduction is by Stanley Schmidt, long-time editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.


The title story originally appeared in Analog in 2001. That novelette later appeared in Year's Best SF 7 and ran as a serial in the daily newspaper of Telecom World 2003.


More About the Author

A physicist and computer scientist, Edward M. Lerner toiled in the vineyards of high tech for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Then, suitably intoxicated, he began writing full time.

His novels run the gamut from near-future technothrillers, like Small Miracles and Energized, to traditional SF, like the InterstellarNet series. Collaborating with NY Times bestselling author Larry Niven, Ed also wrote the Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. Much of Ed's short fiction has been collected in Creative Destruction and Countdown to Armageddon / A Stranger in Paradise. His nonfiction articles on science and technology centerpiece Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought: Essays and Stories on The Big Questions."

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Good idea... somewhat crummy story.
Stewart Teaze - Global Warming Debunker; Kiddies: Don't believe your teacher's/professor's job-killing union-stooge thieving commie agenda
Since it's available in open E-format from Fictionwise, I treated this one exactly the way I treat Baen Books.
Geoffrey Kidd
Obviously the author is very familiar with the writings of Isaac Asimov.
Arthur W. Jordin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Kidd on November 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Stories included are:

*The Day of the RFIDs* - Have a bone-chilling look at the future of remote surveillance.

*Survival Instinct* - What if Hal 9000 had had access to the Internet?

*What a Piece of Work Is Man* - Or a conscience? (See Above)

*By the Rules* - Or what if we're stuck with one, like it or not?

*Iniquitous Computing* - What happens if the Asimov's First Law is ubiquitous, and running amok?

*CATCH A FALLING STAR* - There is more stupidity on Earth, Horatio, than is dreamed of in your philosophy.

*Settlement* - Don't be drinking ANYTHING when you get to the end of THIS one! :)

*Creative Destruction* - And the title story, taken from his wonderful InterstellarNet universe, where we and our neighbors swap technology and other "intellectual property" via radio. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Any one of the stories makes this book worth buying. Since it's available in open E-format from Fictionwise, I treated this one exactly the way I treat Baen Books. An E-book for me, and treeware for the local library to create more addic... er, fans. :)

Definitely one HELL of a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Creative Destruction (2006) is an SF collection of shorter works. It contains eight tales, an introduction, a foreword and an afterword. It also includes authorial comments on each story.

"Introduction" by Stanley Schmidt tells the reader about the author's familiarity with information technology.

"Foreword" explains the title and his thirty years in information tech. It also points out that this work is cyber fiction.

"The Day of the RFIDs" (Future Washington, 2005) discloses the ubiquity of these identification tags and speculates on government collection and usage of such information.

"Survival Instinct" (Analog, 2002) involves an evolved piece of software, a cheating student, and a cyber security agency. This story is the longest in the collection.

"What a Piece of Work is Man" (Analog, 1990) develops a problem with the Three Laws of Robotics. Obviously the author is very familiar with the writings of Isaac Asimov.

"By the Rules" (Analog, 2003) mixes sociology, linguistics and alien intelligence. It also contains a bit of autobiography.

"Iniquitous Computing" (Analog, 2002) divulges the dilemmas of people who don't want to have anything to do with computers and networking.

"Catch a Falling Star" (2005) features a man who disposes a dictatorship of the proletariat by publishing some calculations.

"Settlement" (Analog, 2001) exposes a dream billing for each item. The tale was sparked by a routine appointment.

"Creative Destruction" (Analog, 2002) starts as an investigation of the death of a good friend and the execution of her will.

"Afterword" is a recruiting pitch for information technology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Sawyer on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Edward M. Lerner's collaborations with Larry Niven in Niven's Known Space universe have rightly brought attention to Lerner's solo work, and this collection of stories, from the redoubtable folk at Wildside, showcases some of his very best. ANALOG readers already know and love Lerner; it's time for the rest of the universe (beyond even Known Space) to discover him, too.
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CREATIVE DESTRUCTION (2006), is a collection of eight, sometimes very good, sometimes anachronistic, Near-Future Techno-SciFi short stories (including one novella, and one novelette)...

THE DAY OF THE RFIDS (2005) **** - Really makes you think about how businesses, government (and others), can track an individual's movements and habits, under the original intention of implementing "theft prevention" and carrying out "automated consumer marketing surveys".

SURVIVAL INSTINCT (2002) *** - Novella and half the book's content. A "Predator" program is automatically created in the a University laboratory, by successive "breeding" and "natural selection" techniques... basically a play on the "million monkeys at typewriters for years could eventually re-create the works of Shakespeare" scenario. A bit wacky and way out at times. Good idea... somewhat crummy story.

WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS MAN (1990) *** - A short robot story, in the "I, Robot" genre. Forgettable.

BY THE RULES (2003) **** - A decent short story about an on-line alien First Encounter. One of the better stories in the collection.

INIQUITOUS COMPUTING (2001) ***1/2 - In exchange for a "better life", middle class individuals are forced to accept computerized marketing at every turn. For example, even the radio incessantly tries to make buying suggestions on the way home, and personal assistant devices are always trying to get "chummy".
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