Human Error

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1956
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,101 / 47 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 18,657
Added to site: 2010.05.17
mnybks.net#: 27777
Origin: gutenberg.org

The government was spending a billion dollars to convince the human race that men ought to be ashamed to be men—instead of errorless, cybernetics machines. But they forgot that an errorless man is a dead man....

Show Excerpt

ch a simple, uncomplicated place, General," said Paul slowly. "You want a man with two heads, four arms, and a tail? Order it! Coming up!

"That's the way you operated when I set up your basic personnel program five years ago. It didn't work then; it won't work now."

The General's face darkened. "It will work. Because it has to. Men are going to the stars--because they have to. And they're going to change themselves to whatever form or shape or ability is required by that goal. They've done everything else they've ever set themselves to do--life came up out of the sea because it had courage. Men left their caves and struck out across the plains and seas, and took up the whole Earth and made it what it is--because they had courage.

"But to go to space, courage is not enough. We need a new kind of man that we've never seen before. He's a man of iron, who's forgotten he was ever flesh and blood. He's a machine, who can perform over and over the same kind of complicated procedure and

Reviews

Average Rating of 2.3 from 3 reviews: ***
2015.07.29
JoJo Biggins
**...

A juvenile story with little sci-fi in it. Just a very shallow exploration of human nature, and a conclusion that more emotion is needed to make the "perfect" man.

2014.06.10
Paulo Respighi
***..

Human error (a collision of a transport with the space station) threatens to end the space program. The military wants to know how to train (or mechanically modify) men so they will not make errors. This pits a psychologist against a cyberneticist.

It's not a bad yarn about what it takes to be human, but there's no evidence that its conclusions are real. The two women in the story are a wife and a secretary.

2013.06.02
bhold
**...

Is the space program doomed because of fallible human performance? Who knows, but you won't learn much about it from this weak and nonsensical story.


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Human Error by Raymond F. Jones - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for Human Error by Raymond F. Jones - Free eBook

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for Human Error by Raymond F. Jones - Free eBook

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for Human Error by Raymond F. Jones - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for Human Error by Raymond F. Jones - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for Human Error by Raymond F. Jones - Free eBook

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Clarimonde
by Théophile Gautier
In the Year 2889
by Jules Verne
The Ivory God
by J.S. Fletcher
A Star Trap
by Bram Stoker
The Burning Bridge
by Poul William Anderson
Courtesy
by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne
The Machine Stops
by E.M. Forster
Castle of Terror
by E.J. Liston
The Animated Pinup
by Lewis Parker

See more popular titles from this genre.