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Noontide Night - A Y2K Novel Paperback – June 15, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0967298405 ISBN-10: 0967298407 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Techsoft (June 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967298407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967298405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,054,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Bone-chilling authenticity. -- Prof. Jonathon Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D., Wayne State University

Burt powerfully humanizes all the computer downfalls in a well-crafted novel. -- Denver Post

Conscientiously considered and entertainingly written. -- Locus Magazine

Entertaining and provocative. -- Ed Bryant, Two-time Nebula Award Winner

From the Publisher

Andrew Burt blends the expertise of a dozen years as a professor of computer science with the master story-telling ability of having published dozens of fiction tales. Dr. Burt is donating the profits from this book to the American Red Cross.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Well, regardless of what is going happen in those crucial hours when 1999 will become 2000 all over the world -- and I do hope Dr. Burt is wrong -- this book will be worth reading for the next century at least, because of its intriguing characters, its thrilling plotlines and its the deeply humanistic insights into human behavior.
And yes, there was no possibly to close Noontide Night after having read the first page, because I immediately was convinced to know the people suffering from that small bug. They could have been my familiy, friends and neighbors ... this is, what makes Noontide Night so thrilling, so frightening (in a way no horror book ever was able to frighten me), ordenary people trying to cope and coming to terms with the results of a problem which has been known but neclected for far too long.
Furthermore, even if one is a laywoman concerning programming like myself, you can get some insight in what the problem is and why one should buy a can or two, just in case.
A book that won't let you go until you finished the last line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alissa Grosso (alissagrosso@prodigy.net) on October 20, 1999
This was one of those books that I just didn't want to put down. I loved the story, and the characters. This may be classified as a science fiction story, but even if you're not a regular reader of the genre you will enjoy this book. This is very, very near future scenario that is being dealt with. If nothing else it should be a real eye-opener about the possible dangers of this whole Y2K mess. I'm certainly stocking up on canned goods. Let's just hope things don't become this screwed up. Enjoy the book!
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The way the Y2K events unfold is very compelling and feels real, like what you'd expect various people would do if disaster struck. I definitely recommend it. And it's a scary read because it is well worth considering the possibility that 1 Jan 2000 could be a disaster. I had not considered the intricacies of Y2K issues, though I am a programmer. We certainly are not perfect: there will be problems. The reasons I took a star off from perfect: 1. no where is it explained why something like a train switcher would care what year it is. I had to realize that myself: trains could be programmed to account for holidays and you have to know what year it is to know if today is a falls-on-Monday holiday. (He does explain that the train delivers the coal, which the electric plant uses: no train, no electricity, as countries' grids are all connected, everyone is affected.) 2. the last chapter: yuck, not only was it rather glib but a slacker protagonist turns chivalrous, which was unrealistic in this realistic book: corny, corny, corny. 3. several grammar errors, the funniest being something like, "he waived his hand"! I'm sure the manuscript got past a spell checker.
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I'd actually never thought much about the Y2K bug - until I came across this book. It's entertaining, thrilling, thought provocing and fascinating - and boy do I hope the author's wrong... As the story of ordinary people hit by one of the biggest catstrophes in human history - some of them totally unprepared, others helpless in spite of all their preparations - the book leaves the reader with the big question: "What would _I_ do if it happened?" The enclosed essay by the author about the reality of the problem and possibly ways to prepare helps to find an answer for this question.
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