An interview with Fritz Freiheit by Tamara Wilhite

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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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What with one thing and another, this has been a little late in being posted on my blog. As in a tad over two months late.

Tamara Wilhite: Can you share your background in AI?

Fritz Freiheit: As a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. It was the sixties, after all. By the time I went to college in the seventies, a bit more realism had impinged itself on my life, and I eventually settled on mechanical engineering as my major. While taking computer programming courses that were part of the engineering curriculum, I discovered that I enjoyed and was skilled in programming. Before I graduated, I decided I wanted to experience life in Japan. I wound up getting a job with Sumitomo Electric, part of the Big Four corporate conglomerates in Japan. I found myself in Osaka going through the professional training program (as the only gaijin/foreigner). Since they didn’t know what to do with a gaijin, I was given the unusual privilege of choosing what I wanted to do, and I choose to be a software programmer. They handed me some books and told me to write a 3D graphics driver – and I did.

After a year in Japan, I was offered a position in L.A. to write a Japanese version of a rule-driven database interface, which threw me into AI software development. Once again, I received several books, and I wrote a Japanese language parser.

I learned that there is a perspective that comes from thinking about thinking when developing software. Writing expert systems parallels novel writing – getting in the head of a character and telling a story from their perspective. I put myself in the mind of users, understand their goals, and write software to accomplish those goals.


For the rest of the interview:
An Interview with Fritz Freiheit - Liberty Island

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Great review of PVCACD on Amazon

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

A great review of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons posted on Amazon:

"aweyhing" - 5.0 out of 5 stars

I had a ton of fun peeling back the layers of this imaginative adventure.

April 19, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I was fully engaged from the first page through to the end. It was so much fun investigating this mystery (or mysteries?) with Vance Coreman and Ms. Doolittle. Mystery, adventure, good characters, more mystery, sly jokes, etc...

The story starts as fantastical-yet-modest mystery, but quickly expands to much more. Every new detail we learn of Vance's predicament makes us more curious to find answers along with him. The story is surprisingly intricate but never feels complex.

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PVCACD 2018 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary for Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons

The blog version, for those who may prefer it.

PARALLEL VISIONS, City of Angels, City of Demons, by Fritz Freiheit, is an extraordinary book full of science fiction fantasy plot complications, unusual characters and locations.

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2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards Commentary

Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 26th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards:

Entry Title: Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons
Author: Fritz Freiheit
Judge Number: 17
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

Evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "needs improvement" and 5 meaning "outstanding".

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge's Commentary*

PARALLEL VISIONS, City of Angels, City of Demons, by Fritz Freiheit, is an extraordinary book full of science fiction fantasy plot complications, unusual characters and locations. It poses some problems for the average reader who is not yet accustomed to the interaction of Angels and Demons. Nevertheless, the book is entertaining with its plot and unusual characters. The challenges that the lead character, Mr. Vance Coreman, faces seem overwhelming, but he survives each situation with steady, or perhaps not quite steady, fortitude. The author does an excellent job with this novel, managing unusual characters, difficult plots, demons firing machine guns, women with scarlet features, etc. Very little is left out as far as characters and plot and magic. If you are bored with your usual reading, this might be the book for you. The problem is not the writing skills, but I think the presentation could be improved. I question the need for a table of contents for the average fiction reader. That technique seems more appropriate for the writer who wants to consult certain chapters for rewrites. Also, the print could be larger and darker for easy enjoyment of this entertaining book. Toward the end. P. 231 in particular, I found several small errors, nothing serious. Congratulations on giving the readers an entertaining and unusual book.


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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

I'm delighted to announce that Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons is available as an ebook and trade paperback on Amazon. If you'd like a taste before committing, you can read eight chapters here starting with the first chapter.

Is a sufficiently advanced entertainment system indistinguishable from magic?

“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.



I examined the evidence of my hasty retreat to the bathroom while wondering why the furniture wasn’t crushed and burned as it so evidently had been in my involuntary memory. A black jacket that matched my soaked pants had been thrown over the chair. A pair of black leather shoes and a wallet lay on the floor next to it. I picked up the wallet. As I straightened up, a horned figure dressed in a dark brown business suit coat and tie appeared next to the bed in a puff of yellow-white smoke. He was naked from the waist, his goat-like legs covered with shaggy brown fur nearly identical in color to the suit jacket. He had a slim black briefcase clasped in his left hand.

“Ah, Mr. Coreman,” the demon said with a shark-like toothy-grin. “I’m glad to have caught you at home.”

I glanced at Miss Doolittle looking for some sort of sign that this sort of intrusion was to be expected.

“Mr. Sneed,” Miss Doolittle said, her voice cold. “If you need Mr. Coreman to sign papers, you really should make an appointment with me.”

Mr. Sneed turned towards Miss Doolittle, his toothy-grin still firmly attached to his face. “I apologize, Miss Doolittle,” he said, not sounding apologetic at all. “But given the state of Mr. Coreman’s account, this really can’t wait.”

Intrusion it was, and despite my standing there in soaking wet underwear, it didn’t look like Mr. Sneed was going to be put off. “Fine. What papers do I need to sign?”

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Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons ebook and trade paperback available on Amazon (or here).
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
Read free chapters of Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons here
The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel of Nova Genesis World is now available for Kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.
Read free chapters of Dispensing Justice here (or get it here).
Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.

I'm delighted to announce that Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons is available as an ebook. If you'd like a taste before committing, you can read eight chapters here starting with the first chapter.

Is a sufficiently advanced entertainment system indistinguishable from magic?

“My name’s Vance Coreman and I see things that other people don’t.”
The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there. But that question was one among legion, because what memories he did have were as comforting as a blackjack in the dark. So it wasn’t surprising when he found out that trouble was his business, and business was kicking his door down.



I examined the evidence of my hasty retreat to the bathroom while wondering why the furniture wasn’t crushed and burned as it so evidently had been in my involuntary memory. A black jacket that matched my soaked pants had been thrown over the chair. A pair of black leather shoes and a wallet lay on the floor next to it. I picked up the wallet. As I straightened up, a horned figure dressed in a dark brown business suit coat and tie appeared next to the bed in a puff of yellow-white smoke. He was naked from the waist, his goat-like legs covered with shaggy brown fur nearly identical in color to the suit jacket. He had a slim black briefcase clasped in his left hand.

“Ah, Mr. Coreman,” the demon said with a shark-like toothy-grin. “I’m glad to have caught you at home.”

I glanced at Miss Doolittle looking for some sort of sign that this sort of intrusion was to be expected.

“Mr. Sneed,” Miss Doolittle said, her voice cold. “If you need Mr. Coreman to sign papers, you really should make an appointment with me.”

Mr. Sneed turned towards Miss Doolittle, his toothy-grin still firmly attached to his face. “I apologize, Miss Doolittle,” he said, not sounding apologetic at all. “But given the state of Mr. Coreman’s account, this really can’t wait.”

Intrusion it was, and despite my standing there in soaking wet underwear, it didn’t look like Mr. Sneed was going to be put off. “Fine. What papers do I need to sign?”

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