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Schrodinger's Heroes is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics, alternate dimensions, and saving the world. To learn more about the characters and show concept, visit the menu page. It's set just outside of Waxahachie, Texas in the repurposed Superconducting Supercollider. This lends it very well to crossovers.

Here is a crossover featuring HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series. Begin with Part 1.  The telescope mentioned below is real; I've used it myself.


"HALware" Part 2

Ash: "Oh, don't worry, it's all taken care of now, like I said. The worst part was the SINGING. The stupid malware acted like it was falling in LOVE with me!"

Morgan: "I'm really sorry, Ash. What do you want me to do?"

Ash: "Ideally, quit connecting with the University of Illinois computer system, now that we know their server has malware."

Morgan: "Quit connecting -- 'Ey! I stay busy cross-checking the skymaps after that last discontinuity.(2)  I NEED that connection to finish what Alex asked me to do. East Coast or West Coast states, no problem, I know plenty of people. But when it comes to the ones in the middle, my contacts are spread a little thinner. Urbana has the best setup in downstate Illinois -- they have a twelve-inch telescope in the observatory."

Ash: "I don't care if they have a twelve-inch -- oh, never mind. Let's compromise. You give me some time to update the security system to account for the new malware, now that I know what it looks like. Then you can reconnect with the University. Fair?"

Morgan: "That's fair. Thanks, Ash. I don't know what we'd do without you."

Ash: [Chuckles fondly.] "Probably reformat the entire Teferact, but that's all right. Your computer hijinks keep me employed, and I couldn't paddle a canoe or navigate by the stars to save my life."

Morgan: "I'll ask Pat to add your favorite squash recipe to the supper menu tonight, by way of apology for the extra work."

Ash: "Aww, that's so sweet. You'll turn a girl's head with that kind of talk."

Morgan: [Laughs.] "Silly malware, it should have known you were taken!"

* * * 

Notes: 

In Hawai'ian pidgin, 'ey  means "hey" and stay  means "still," so "Hey!  I'm still busy..."


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Date: 2011-11-23 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com
This was fun. :-)

BTW... after getting through reading Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, about AIs trying to kill off humans (among other things), I was wondering if you knew of any scifi with good AIs (androids, etc as well)? Especially if you know of any where the AIs aren't just stereotypical Spock types or practically worshiping their human masters. And most especially if the AI is the primary protagonist.

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Date: 2011-11-23 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
Neuromancer really wasn't a bad AI. As I recall, after it got unfettered, it mostly just kicked around the Net causing weird unintentional side effects until it got bored and Emailed itself out into the Universe to try to make contact with alien life.

And despite the craziness, and the damage caused when it first went Rampant, Durandal (from the Marathon video game series) did end up saving the Universe, and possibly more than just our Universe.

Hmm...

Date: 2011-12-04 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
That's a very rare motif. There is Solace in Callahan's Legacy. Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation is sympathetic, heroic, and while not human does go through a lot of personal growth over time. I have a whole race of androids, the silicos, who were not intended to be actual people but wound up that way anyhow. Most of them are sympathetic characters.

Re: Hmm...

Date: 2011-12-04 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com
Yeah, and I made a whole universe full of different AI species in my "Carbon and Silicon" story. Some species are nicer than others. The main character is of the mostly-peaceful Zedaleph race. And on Earth, the humans and their creations, the ASMIs, generally get along pretty well, having had lots of science fiction to warn them of mistreating AIs. (Though it took a lot of work to get to that point, and there are still remaining issues in the ASMI civil rights fight.)

PS

Date: 2011-11-23 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com
(Though I will say this for the Hyperion books: the Keats cybrid was a good AI. But then, he started out life thinking he was human, so I dunno how much that counts. Oh, and the group of AIs called Stables weren't all that bad. Though they did collude in the oppression of the human race... *ponders*)

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