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A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best-selling author of the Silo trilogy

Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive tales of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel Wool, and then with other enthralling works such as Sand and Beacon 23. Now comes Machine Learning, an impressive collection of Howey's science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and 15 additional stories collected here for the first time. These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author's note exploring the background and genesis of each story.

Howey's incisive mind makes Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories an addictive and thought-provoking selection of short works - from a modern master at the top of his game.

©2017 Hugh Howey (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Insightful and entertaining!

I am a long time fan of Hugh Hosts and it was great to be back in his head again. The stories were all very entertaining, if at times weirder than others. I enjoyed both narrators and especially each afterword from Hugh himself.

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Hopefully a new start of more to come

It has bin 2 years since H. Howeys last work in fiction appeared here, i'm very glad to see anything by this point and i hope its not the last for another 2 years.

I planned to give this book 4 stars like most others until somewhere in the middle i stumble upon a story with a very controversial ending. I have no doubt that many people will dislike it and give this work a low rating because of that. To me this points out that its written to be a great story, not to be liked by the majority of people.

In general i'm not a huge fan of short stories, they tend to be lacking and are mostly second rate stories that are not good enough for a full novel, but with this release i'm wondering why half of this stories are not worked out as full novels, there too good to stay this short.

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Howey Does It

An astoundingly thought provoking and imaginative collection... Most collections are hit and miss, this one is all hits... Love the unique thought processes and scenarios delivered to us w/ encouragement to consider and cogitate... Stories off center and kilter intriguing and teasing dexterous minds... You’ll wanna give some little, or large, thought once done w/ each... Some won’t like the author’s notes following each, but I dug them tremendously... Narration is very good... Fans will gobble it up, and if you’re a neophyte to the Howey creations this could be an excellent appetizer to get started on your way....

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A great disappointment...

I get that authors need to kill off well loved protagonists from time to time... Im a SOIAF reader, doesn’t bother in me the least if its done in a way that ends an arc, or begins another in the course of a story.

People die, that’s real.

But, the way you did it, building the backstory of the assassins, like its a different arc, and using them as a blunt instrument. Couldn’t have been more malicious to those of us that wanted her to live, and wanted to hear more about that life.

Hundreds of pages written to earn my respect and one page to wreck it.

I thought you were better.

Enjoy your cruise, Paul Sheldon...

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