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CITIZEN OF ALPHA COMPLEX! YOUR MANDATORY ORIENTATION STARTS HERE. The Computer is happy. The Computer is crazy. The Computer wants citizens to be happy. This drives them crazy. Many traitors threaten the underground city of Alpha Complex. Who's more dangerous - traitors or happy citizens? THERE MAY BE A TEST, FOLLOWED BY POSSIBLE TERMINATION. This all-new anthology introduces CITIZEN OF ALPHA COMPLEX! YOUR MANDATORY ORIENTATION STARTS HERE. The Computer is happy. The Computer is crazy. The Computer wants citizens to be happy. This drives them crazy. Many traitors threaten the underground city of Alpha Complex. Who's more dangerous - traitors or happy citizens? THERE MAY BE A TEST, FOLLOWED BY POSSIBLE TERMINATION. This all-new anthology introduces both new and returning citizens to the joys and rigors of PARANOIA. Five light-hearted stories feature backstabbing mutants, misprogrammed robots, and crazed firefights in the food vats. THIS COLLECTION WILL HELP YOU BECOME LOYAL, INFORMED, AND LOYAL. Several of these short, mayhem-filled tales feature characters from the PARANOIA novel line. * "Rule Zero": Heroic Troubleshooters seeking a stolen helpbot (from Stay Alert) find the legendary Bot Graveyard. * "Hay Fever": Efficiency auditor Clarence-Y meets his pet mouse, Ignatius (Traitor Hangout). * "Data Exhaust": Watch the head of the Department of Threat Obfuscation (Reality Optional) try to leave his apartment. * Plus "Market Research" and "Action Request" by Greg Ingber, and the history of PARANOIA. STAY ALERT! TRUST NO ONE! KEEP YOUR LASER HANDY! The Computer says so, and - THE COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND A PARANOIA anthology edited by Allen Varney (40,000 words - about 150 Kindle pages) Based on the bestselling roleplaying game of fear and ignorance in a darkly satirical future, official PARANOIA novels and stories are now available as ebooks from Ultraviolet Books -- and they’re even for your security clearance. Prove your loyalty! By reading The Computer is Your Friend with casual confidence, you show you're comfortable under the security camera. No, don't look, it makes you seem jumpy. PARANOIA STORIES ARE FUN. OTHER STORIES ARE NOT FUN. READ PARANOIA.


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CITIZEN OF ALPHA COMPLEX! YOUR MANDATORY ORIENTATION STARTS HERE. The Computer is happy. The Computer is crazy. The Computer wants citizens to be happy. This drives them crazy. Many traitors threaten the underground city of Alpha Complex. Who's more dangerous - traitors or happy citizens? THERE MAY BE A TEST, FOLLOWED BY POSSIBLE TERMINATION. This all-new anthology introduces CITIZEN OF ALPHA COMPLEX! YOUR MANDATORY ORIENTATION STARTS HERE. The Computer is happy. The Computer is crazy. The Computer wants citizens to be happy. This drives them crazy. Many traitors threaten the underground city of Alpha Complex. Who's more dangerous - traitors or happy citizens? THERE MAY BE A TEST, FOLLOWED BY POSSIBLE TERMINATION. This all-new anthology introduces both new and returning citizens to the joys and rigors of PARANOIA. Five light-hearted stories feature backstabbing mutants, misprogrammed robots, and crazed firefights in the food vats. THIS COLLECTION WILL HELP YOU BECOME LOYAL, INFORMED, AND LOYAL. Several of these short, mayhem-filled tales feature characters from the PARANOIA novel line. * "Rule Zero": Heroic Troubleshooters seeking a stolen helpbot (from Stay Alert) find the legendary Bot Graveyard. * "Hay Fever": Efficiency auditor Clarence-Y meets his pet mouse, Ignatius (Traitor Hangout). * "Data Exhaust": Watch the head of the Department of Threat Obfuscation (Reality Optional) try to leave his apartment. * Plus "Market Research" and "Action Request" by Greg Ingber, and the history of PARANOIA. STAY ALERT! TRUST NO ONE! KEEP YOUR LASER HANDY! The Computer says so, and - THE COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND A PARANOIA anthology edited by Allen Varney (40,000 words - about 150 Kindle pages) Based on the bestselling roleplaying game of fear and ignorance in a darkly satirical future, official PARANOIA novels and stories are now available as ebooks from Ultraviolet Books -- and they’re even for your security clearance. Prove your loyalty! By reading The Computer is Your Friend with casual confidence, you show you're comfortable under the security camera. No, don't look, it makes you seem jumpy. PARANOIA STORIES ARE FUN. OTHER STORIES ARE NOT FUN. READ PARANOIA.

30 review for Paranoia A1 The Computer is your Friend

  1. 4 out of 5

    Standback

    As most anthologies, some of the stories here are great, some are less-great. In this context, I'd define "great" as "beautifully capturing the spirit and humor of the PARANOIA roleplaying game while still succeeding as entertaining fiction." Whereas "less-great" is more on the lines of "makes lots of PARANOIA in-jokes" or "reads like a narration of a random PARANOIA session." In my personal opinion, most of the stories were so-so; entertaining but familiar. A particular standout was "Market Res As most anthologies, some of the stories here are great, some are less-great. In this context, I'd define "great" as "beautifully capturing the spirit and humor of the PARANOIA roleplaying game while still succeeding as entertaining fiction." Whereas "less-great" is more on the lines of "makes lots of PARANOIA in-jokes" or "reads like a narration of a random PARANOIA session." In my personal opinion, most of the stories were so-so; entertaining but familiar. A particular standout was "Market Research," which was a particularly nefarious scenario that was pitch-perfect for Alpha Complex. Since it's freely available (e.g. on DriveThruRPG, if you're a PARANOIA fan you'll probably want to take a look. This book is presented as a sampler for a line of full PARANOIA novels; I can attest that I was very pleased with the novel I read, Reality Optional.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Brawley

    There are a couple of things you need to know upfront. 1. This collection of stories is based on a roleplaying game called Paranoia. 2. The game is based on a future society inside a giant enclosed city ruled over by an insane computer. Everyone is given a rank, from infrared up to ultraviolet. Troubleshooters (the protagonists of the game) are tasked with hunting down mutants and secret societies. 3. Everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. Everyone. The game, and the stories in this There are a couple of things you need to know upfront. 1. This collection of stories is based on a roleplaying game called Paranoia. 2. The game is based on a future society inside a giant enclosed city ruled over by an insane computer. Everyone is given a rank, from infrared up to ultraviolet. Troubleshooters (the protagonists of the game) are tasked with hunting down mutants and secret societies. 3. Everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. Everyone. The game, and the stories in this anthology, range from slapstick comedies to dark satires. Of the 5 stories in the collection, 3 are introductions to full length novels that represent these 3 styles of story, and they do a good job of it. While none of them stood out as fantastic, they were fun, and for the price (free) well worth the read. I did feel that the inclusion of the first couple of chapters of the 3 novels that follow the short stories to be redundant, but I can see how it might encourage someone to immediately download the full novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Really did want to like this one. It started so well too. unfortunately I'm now onto the third story and none of them have instilled any desire to continue reading the rest. I think part of the problem is the Paranoia world. It basically consists of a covered complex controlled by am AI computer that insists on controlling everyone via endless rules and regulations. These things when combined don't really lead to the most exciting of stories. Shame. I really did want to like it. Really did want to like this one. It started so well too. unfortunately I'm now onto the third story and none of them have instilled any desire to continue reading the rest. I think part of the problem is the Paranoia world. It basically consists of a covered complex controlled by am AI computer that insists on controlling everyone via endless rules and regulations. These things when combined don't really lead to the most exciting of stories. Shame. I really did want to like it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Mann

    Really, really liked some of the concepts which were hinted at in these stories, but overall, the stories themselves just weren't that great to me. Really, really liked some of the concepts which were hinted at in these stories, but overall, the stories themselves just weren't that great to me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gert

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rohan Smith

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arne

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  10. 4 out of 5

    Manuel

  11. 5 out of 5

    Terry

  12. 5 out of 5

    Flynnbox

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grant Goodale

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mperrin

  17. 4 out of 5

    Saileshpanchal

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mateen Greenway

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Miller

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

  21. 5 out of 5

    John T.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shultz

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ahren Audette

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lev

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kingsley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  27. 4 out of 5

    Petri Wessman

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rich

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tov Are Jacobsen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

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