James P Hogan's "Murphy's War" (novelette, humor, free): When computer hackers rendered a nuclear war harmless!
US & China have began the process of launching nuclear bomb armed missiles at each other over a silly & minor tiff. Then things begin to go wrong ... er, right! ... in a hilarious & very familiar way...
- Fun really begins about half way through, in the US war room scene.
- Early parts will likely be more accessible to US readers; but it gets internationally accessible soon enough.
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- Arthur Clarke's "The Pacifist" (1956): Another funny story of a naughty computer, but ... in a different way.
Fact sheet.First published: Jim Baen's Universe, #8 (August 2007).
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Added to my "best of the year 2007" list.
Related: Stories of James P Hogan.