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by David Gerrold


HARLIE, I think, is getting to be more trouble than he’s worth. They began the long familiar walk to the computer control center.

When HARLIE Was One by David Gerrold WHAT WILL I BE WHEN I GROW UP?YOU ARE ALREADY GROWN U. OU MEAN THIS IS AS UP AS I WILL GET?PHYSICALLY, YES. You have reached the peak of your physical development. HARLIE, I think, is getting to be more trouble than he’s worth. Handley grinned as he matched strides, You’re just annoyed because every time you think you’ve figured out what makes him tick, he makes a liar out of you. Auberson snorted.

When HARLIE Was One by David Gerrold. What will I be when I grow up? You are already grown up. You mean this is as up as I will get?

When HARLIE Was One by David Gerrold. The same as anybody else. By studying and learning and thinking. When I finish, then will I be all grown up? Yes. How long will IT take?

Parts of this novel have appeared as short stories in Galaxy Magazine. Printed in the United States of America Cover Art by Jacques Wyrs. BALLANTINE BOOKS, INC. 101 Fifth Avenue, New York, .

When HARLIE Was One is a 1972 science fiction novel by American writer David Gerrold. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972 and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973. The novel, a "fix-up" of previously published short stories, was published as an original paperback by Ballantine Books in 1972, with an accompanying Science Fiction Book Club release. A revised version, subtitled "Release . ", was published in 1988 by Bantam Books.

I believe this was David Gerrolds first big novel, and it shows, even in the updated version, which is the one I read. Now many years later I was very excited to find I could get it on my Kindle. First off, I would strongly recommend that you skip the first two introductions. Looking forward to reading it again. This was not the best work by David Gerrold. The good news is, he's improved with time.

When HARLIE Was One by David Gerrold WHAT WILL I BE WHEN I GROW UP? YOU ARE ALREADY GROWN UP. YOU MEAN THIS IS AS UP AS I WILL GET? PHYSICALLY, YES. OH. HOWEVER, THERE IS ANOTHER KIND OF GROWING UP YOU MUST DO. FROM NOW ON, YOU MUST DEVELOP MENTALLY. HOW CAN I DO THAT? THE SAME AS ANYBODY ELSE. BY STUDYING AND LEARNING AND THINKING

When HARLIE Was One. Annotation. Author: David Gerrold. Publisher: Doubleday, 1972. A computer, raised by humans, believes that he is himself human. Nominated for Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972.

When HARLIE Was One. Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973.

A computer who is convinced he is human. And why not? After all he was raised by humans. But a human with infinite power, information and the emotional stature of an infant? Harlie's psychologist was in for one helluva time...
Matty
I believe this was David Gerrolds first big novel, and it shows, even in the updated version, which is the one I read. First off, I would strongly recommend that you skip the first two introductions. Gerrold does one for the first printing, then another for the reprint, where he edited the story to update the technology a bit. Frankly, I think those articles would be better suited at the end of the novel so as to not give the reader any pre-conceived ideas. As for the story itself, it really is like Gerrold is having a conversation with himself. He touches on a lot of interesting topics, like what is consciousness, how is sentience defined and where is self? It dives into intelligence and asks why can't non-organic things be alive? Of course, that was long before the days of Star War's R2-D2, or Star Trek's Data, which paved the way of modern thinking. Today the question isn't why can't robots be alive, it's why aren't they? The problem is, the topics he touches on here are better covered by Joseph Campbell. If you really want to understand these concepts, you would be better off reading The Power of Myth, or The Hero with a Thousand Faces. That being said, When Harlie Was One is science fiction, while Joseph Campbell writes non-fiction, so that may not be your cup of tea. The story was okay, the characters were accessible, and the story was believable, even if the technology was dated. This was not the best work by David Gerrold. The good news is, he's improved with time. Keep reading.
Umor
I read the first release many years ago, and the update has added to the charm. This is a thoughtful "softer science" look at the development of AI and the kinds of relationships that develop when you have what is, in essence, a superhuman brain in a jar. While most authors are interested in world-dominating, uber-powerful evil (or misguided) AI's, David is giving us a look at something much more human, which is kind of the point of developing an AI in the first place.
Nuliax
An old favorite that I recently re-read, having just been at the vendor table sitting next to the marvelous David Gerrold this past March. I read this when it first came out in the early 70's, and it struck me at the time as being a very important story. Upon re-reading, my opinion hasn't changed much. The concept of 'being human' and what that means is fraught with all manner of perils, and Gerrold does an admirable job of navigating it. Thanks for the memories, and for a lovely book.
Cherry The Countess
Long, self-indulgent and disappointing ramblings about the nature of intelligence and consciousness. And the technology side is a mess.
Kulabandis
Highly recommended. There's love, intelligent computers, deep philosophical discussions, and a mystery that left me guessing. I really enjoyed the author's style, and wish I knew a little bit more about computers because I know some of it went over my head. But he managed to make a seemingly strange and unfathomable plot come to life and make me a believer.
Cerana
I've always been a sucker for AI stories. This one did not disappoint. Very good read!
Vareyma
Bought this for my granddaughter, a reader like me. It has been one of my favorites.
One of my favorite books! It's the book that made David Gerrold my favorite author after I read it when I was in high school. Now many years later I was very excited to find I could get it on my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it again.
When Harlie Was One ebook
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