Just this Once

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Once in a lifetime, an author writes a book that sets the literary world on its ear. But never before has that author been a computer. Scott French, a self-professed fan of mega-selling author Jacqueline Susann, began studying an advanced form of computer programming known as Artificial Intelligence. One branch of AI, Expert Systems, was invented specifically to allow a computer to think like a human being. It applied the established thought patterns of a certain "expert" to a new problem, solving it as the human model would. (Computers that think this way diagnose diseases, help fly the space shuttle, even set the credit line on our American Express cards.). But what would happen if a sophisticated computer like this was told to write a book? French invested eight years and $50,000, inputting two Jacqueline Susann novels along the way, in order to develop a system to "inspire" his computer to think like this author. While other computer hacks were using this technology to track missile launches, French was using it to program a computer to create a dynamite novel! Just This Once is the result: A fastpaced story of two women and two men who are forced to deal with the questions of their very souls when fame, fortune, and temptation come to call. An insider's view of show business, from a top Las Vegas casino to a Hollywood recording studio, Just This Once is more than a gimmick. It's an inviting, highly readable novel that breaks new ground.