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John Helfers

Autor(a) de The Valdemar Companion

53+ Works 2,246 Membros 32 Críticas

About the Author

John Helfers, John Helfers earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. His work has appeared in over twenty anthologies including, "Once Upon A Crime," "Merlin," and "The UFO Files." He has also edited an anthology entitled "Black Cats and Broken Mirrors" which was published in mostrar mais 1998. mostrar menos

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Obras por John Helfers

The Valdemar Companion (1990) — Editor — 685 exemplares
The Vorkosigan Companion (2008) — Editor — 358 exemplares
Villains Victorious (2001) — Editor — 92 exemplares
Knight Fantastic (2002) — Editor — 89 exemplares
Little Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City (2004) — Editor — 76 exemplares
Once Upon a Galaxy (2002) — Editor — 75 exemplares
Black Cats and Broken Mirrors (1998) — Editor — 74 exemplares
Chicks and Balances (2015) — Editor — 71 exemplares
Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales of Ignoble Demises (2000) — Editor — 65 exemplares
Warrior Fantastic (2000) — Editor — 64 exemplares
Future Crimes (1999) — Editor — 59 exemplares
The Mutant Files (2001) — Editor — 57 exemplares
Star Colonies (2000) — Editor — 51 exemplares
Man vs Machine (2007) — Editor — 49 exemplares
Space Stations (2004) — Editor — 48 exemplares
In the Shadow of Evil (2005) — Editor — 47 exemplares
Slipstreams (2006) — Editor — 37 exemplares
Army of the Fantastic (2007) — Editor — 35 exemplares
Shadowrun: Spells & Chrome (2010) 32 exemplares
Future Americas (2008) — Editor — 31 exemplares
Alien Abductions (1999) — Editor — 14 exemplares
Shadowrun: World of Shadows (2015) — Editor — 12 exemplares
Legacy: A Battletech Anthology (2017) — Editor — 9 exemplares
Sprawl Stories: Volume 1 (2019) 5 exemplares
Recycled Pulp (2015) — Editor — 3 exemplares
Visions of the Apocalypse (2016) — Editor — 3 exemplares
Spells & Chrome 3 exemplares
No Humans Allowed (2017) — Editor — 2 exemplares
Mythical! 2 exemplares
First Acquisition (2008) 2 exemplares
Afterward 2 exemplares
The Smaller we are 1 exemplar
One Time Around? 1 exemplar
Deadhand 1 exemplar
Ancestral Armor 1 exemplar
Running Thunder 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar (1997) — Contribuidor — 1,309 exemplares
Twice upon a Time (1999) — Contribuidor — 210 exemplares
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse (2010) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
If I Were An Evil Overlord (2007) — Contribuidor — 165 exemplares
Warrior Princesses (1998) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (Anthology) (1998) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
The Search for Power: Dragons from the War of Souls (2004) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Once Upon a Crime (1998) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Merlin (1999) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Shattered Shields (2014) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Faerie Tales (2004) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Women of the Night (2007) — Introdução, algumas edições94 exemplares
Alien Pets (1998) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Sorcerer's Academy (2003) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
Familiars (2002) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Places to Be, People to Kill (2007) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
Pandora's Closet (2007) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Battle Magic (1998) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Apprentice Fantastic (2002) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told (2010) — Introdução, algumas edições57 exemplares
Civil War Fantastic (2000) — Introdução — 57 exemplares
Starfall (1999) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Time Twisters (2007) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Legends (1999) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Murder Most Celtic: Tall Tales of Irish Mayhem (2001) — Introdução, algumas edições37 exemplares
Future Net (1996) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
All Hell Breaking Loose (2005) — Introdução — 37 exemplares
Phantoms of the Night (1996) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Vampires in Love: Stories with a Bite (2010) — Introdução — 29 exemplares
Murder Most Delectable: Savory Tales of Culinary Crimes (2000) — Introdução, algumas edições27 exemplares
Millennium 3001 (2006) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Louisiana Vampires (2010) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Murder Most Confederate: Tales of Crimes Quite Uncivil (2000) — Introduction & Contributor — 23 exemplares
Transformers: Legends (2004) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Crash Dive (Anthology 9-in-1) (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Lost Trails (2007) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The UFO Files (1998) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Mardi Gras Madness: Tales of Terror and Mayhem in New Orleans (2000) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Historical Hauntings (2001) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Schemers: Betrayal Knows No Boundaries (2013) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Fields of Blood: Vampire Stories of the Heartland (1998) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
How to Save the World (2013) — Editor, algumas edições8 exemplares
Dragons! (2017) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Risk Takers (2015) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Last Stand (2016) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Thunder Down Under (2018) — Ghostwriter, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



I like the books Mercedes Lackey writes, she is good at creating a believable world and people to populate it. While her writing is not the strongest I do find it engaging ang and enjoyable. I like a series I can live inside of and her books are ones that have characters I feel invested in and a world I believe could exist.
KateKat11 | 7 outras críticas | Sep 24, 2021 |
Lots of information and a good overview
jamespurcell | 7 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2021 |
Technology can be a wonderful thing; you have a world at your fingertips with powerful search engines, the combined knowledge of humanity with Wikipedia and social networks keeping you in touch with friends and family all over the globe. However, there is a dark underside to all these positives. In the rush to market with web and internet based services there are often many compromises with security, and it is through these loopholes that Crime Inc., as Goodman describes them, take the opportunity to slip in.

Scouring his vast database of crime cases he brings us tales of identity theft, financial theft and how criminals are now using modern technology to extend their reach. There are stories of gangs printing guns from the latest 3D printer technology, how servers are brought down by DoS attacks, how they can active webcams and baby monitors remotely to spy of people and capture images for blackmail. They have found ways to hack pacemakers too, bringing the terrifying reality of lethal voltages being sent to your own medical equipment. Even drones are starting to be extensively used by crooks, not only for surveillance, but fitting them with weapons brings a whole new deadly terror; Skynet is nearly here.

Even who you would think are the good guys, are not entirely innocent. The main reason that services provided by Google and Facebook are free is that you are the product. They mine your likes and searches, the results of which are sold on to data analysis companies who are looking for trends and targeted advertising to offer to companies. This starts the very moment you sign up, as the lengthy terms and conditions that no one ever reads not only claim all your data as theirs, but also seek to eliminate all responsibility and comeback against theft of your data.

So far, so bad.

The future really does not look too rosy. Coming soon is the internet of things, where almost all devices in your home from lightbulbs to fridges will have some sort of access to the internet. This means the advent of the smart home is finally upon us, and that you will be able to control various things from your smartphone, even when not there. Great, or so you’d think; control over your home with a simple touch. But fairly often these devices have precious little security and offer the easiest route into your home network by an experienced hacker.

All of this is frankly terrifying. Our society is now totally dependent on these web based technologies and systems for essential infrastructure elements like power, water and security. These systems are all very well and offer the companies that use them financial advantages, but the big problem with all of this that there is precious little security and no resilience to cyber-attacks. These historically have come from hackers, but now others are getting in on the act with the first known attacks originating from states. Goodman offers us a bleak future, but he does have some suggestions on how we as individuals can improve our security even something as simple as covering the camera on your laptop when you are not using it, to using twin security login methods. He does point a finger at the software industry though, not only do they need to raise their game and produce software that is less sieve, but they also need to start accepting responsibility when there are breaches and not washing their hands of it. If you are brave enough, it is worth reading for anyone who is interested in technology; 3.5 stars overall.
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PDCRead | 1 outra crítica | Apr 6, 2020 |
Lots of fun - great idea for a theme. The last story was the weird kind I don't like, but most were clever explorations of the concept.
Cheryl_in_CC_NV | 1 outra crítica | Jun 6, 2016 |



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