The 64-Square Madhouse by Fritz Leiber - philc

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Post by philchenevert » January 26th, 2020, 10:55 am

This project is now in our catalog at https://librivox.org/the-64-square-madhouse-by-fritz-leiber/
A machine of blinking lights and smelling of ozone is entered into a Grand Master chess tournament. One of the first computers. Would it be shamed by human genius or would it out think these human prodigies through sheer calculating power? Well, the machine was not perfect. It could be tricked. It could make mistakes. And—it could learn! - (phil c and the publisher) Worlds of If Science Fiction, May 1962.
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Post by linny » January 26th, 2020, 11:52 am

Phil,
May I DPL for you?

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Post by loon » January 26th, 2020, 12:12 pm

Ahh. Linny beat me to the DPL offer.
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Post by philchenevert » January 26th, 2020, 12:20 pm

linny wrote:
January 26th, 2020, 11:52 am
Phil,
May I DPL for you?
Certainly! I look forward to a cool story and fun read. Gonna get to this as soon as Dr. Doolittle is in the can. Thanks Linny

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Post by philchenevert » January 26th, 2020, 12:21 pm

loon wrote:
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Ahh. Linny beat me to the DPL offer.
Ah, sorry Richard. But happy Mardi Season to you too. Image
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Post by linny » January 26th, 2020, 1:33 pm

Enjoy Dr. Doolittle. I'll be here when you are ready. Even if you bump this project after 4 SF Stories by C.M. Kornbluth.

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Post by linny » February 11th, 2020, 9:13 am

You've been sneaky!

I hope you haven't been waiting long. I finally looked at my catalog page and found your section listed. I've downloaded it and will listen this afternoon.

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Post by linny » February 11th, 2020, 10:31 am

Part 1 is off to a rather interesting start. This should be fun. :mrgreen:

1:45 - throat clearing.


**For DPL: part 2 begins: "Cripes, Doc, they all sound like they were Russians," Sandra said after a bit.

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Post by philchenevert » February 11th, 2020, 10:37 am

Linny, I just uploaded it last night. wanted to get a few more sections up for you before saying somet hing so you could follow the story. that's all.
EDIT: Whoops. Good catch to note where i will pick up. I am reading from a goggle doc to make the sect ion divisions. You may note the story has no section 2 or 3 and picks up with a part 4 etc. I decided to make my own and so have a 'cheat sheet' but you don't. :roll:
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Post by linny » February 11th, 2020, 10:39 am

No problem at all. I was just teasing you. :D

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Post by philchenevert » February 11th, 2020, 2:35 pm

Part 1 fixed and ready for spot check.

Part 2 in the MW. Image

NOte: Part 3 starts with
Sitzfleisch (which roughly means endurance—"sitting flesh" or "buttock meat") is the quality needed above all others by tournament chess players—and their audiences.
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Post by linny » February 12th, 2020, 7:15 am

Good morning, Phil.

I've been enjoying your reading with a cup of tea. Part 1 is spot check PL OK. Parts 2 and 3 are both PL OK.


Part 4 starts: Sandra begged Doc to try to explain it all to her in kindergarten language.

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Post by linny » February 13th, 2020, 7:19 am

Part 4
8:16 missing text - Tomorrow he would feed the move back into the Machine when play was resumed at the morning session.
Doc sealed a move too although he was two pawns down in his game against Grabo and looked tired to death.
"They don't give up easily, do they?" Sandra observed to Dave. "They must really love the game. Or do they hate it?"

"When you get to psychology it's all beyond me," Dave replied. "Ask me something else."

13:00 missing text - Only the Machine didn't swindle."
Against Jal, the Machine used a new wrinkle. It used a variable amount of time on moves, apparently according to how difficult it "judged" the position to be.
When Serek got a poor pawn-position the Machine simplified the game relentlessly,

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Post by linny » February 13th, 2020, 8:29 am

Part 5 is PL OK. :clap: It's fun seeing how authors saw the future when it came to computers.

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Post by philchenevert » February 13th, 2020, 9:15 am

The huge machines weighing tons and using tubes were the state of the art. And cost millions of course. Interesting that he assumed they would get faster, but not smaller. And not stink, flash and hum. Hindsight is great ain't it? :D

EDIT: section 4 fixed and uploaded for spot check.
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