Sunday Surprise


And here’s another author of Sci-Fi Stories – Starships. I haven’t had the pleasure to meet him in person, but he belongs to a wonderful group of writers (Writer Club, remember?). I thought he wrote mostly non-fiction, so I was surprised by his submission for the anthology. And I liked it a lot.

So, there you have it. Six quick questions with Gerald M. Weinberg.

1. What is it about starships that draws you to them?

If/when we figure them out, our horizons expand to the whole universe. Lots of human troubles are amplified by our confinement to one tiny planet.

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

Technology soon becomes magic, and thinking disappears.

3. What inspired your story?

I was on the Mercury Project system engineering team. I saw what can happen when technology is understood, and when it is taken for magic.

4. Do you always write about starships? If not, what do you write about?

I write about anything that interests me, but particularly thinking and smart people, but in fiction and non-fiction.

5. What should readers know about you?

Maybe that I’m a charter member of the Computer Hall of Fame in San Diego. They can read what my students and colleagues said about me on my 75th birthday, in The Gift of Time, edited by Fiona Charles.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I love all the authors in this collection, and I’m honored to have my little story placed among theirs.

Jerry’s always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, he’s published more than 50 award-winning best-selling non-fiction books on human behavior, thinking, leadership, and all phases of information technology. He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all his writing, including such classics as Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting, General Systems Thinking, Weinberg on Writing, Perfect Software, Errors, Do You Want to be a (better) Manager, as well as the 9-volume Quality Software Series.

He writes mysteries, science fiction, and technothrillers about smart people: Freshman Murders, Where There’s a Will There’s a Murder, The Death Lottery, The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, Quantum String Quartet, Quantum String Sextet, Quantum String Band, The Hands of God, Earth’s Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules. In them, his brilliant protagonists solve problems and learn to be happy.

Jerry is a charter member in the Computing Hall of Fame, but the “award” he’s most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time(Fiona Charles, ed.) written by his students and fans for his 75th birthday. These stories show he’s been quite successful at helping smart people be happy.

 

EDIT 8/8/2018: It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Gerald M Weinberg. RiP Jerry, even if I never had the chance to meet you in person, I will miss you! 😥

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