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Title: Computers Don't Argue Title Record # 41533
Author: Gordon R. Dickson
Date: 1965-09-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: A man has a complaint with his book club, but a series of errors escalate things alarmingly.
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Current Tags: errors (1), inexorable system (1), epistolary (1), book club (1), satire (1), computers (1), humor (1), jurisdiction (1), science fiction (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1966Translated by Brigitte André
French Les ordinateurs ne discutent pas
1969Translated by J. W. M. Liefrinck
Dutch Met computers valt niet te praten
1970Translated by Hans Maeter
German Computer streiten nicht
1973Translated by Árpád Göncz
Hungarian
A komputer nem tűr ellentmondást?A komputer nem tur ellentmondast
1975Translated by Marjan J. J. Oleff
Dutch Met computers valt niet te praten
1981Translated by Zoran Milović
Croatian Kompjuteri ne raspravljaju
1983Translated by Eva Malsch
German Computer streiten nicht
1987 French On ne discute pas avec les ordinateurs
1987Translated by Werner Kittel
German Computer streiten nicht
1996Translated by Elisabetta Moreolo Svaluto
Italian I computer non discutono

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Nomination 1966 Nebula Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Analog Science Fiction -> Science Fact, September 1965 1965-09-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Condé Nast  
$0.50?$: US dollar
164
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Kelly Freas Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1965 1966-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Doubleday  
$4.95?$: US dollar
299
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Planète, # 26 January-February 1966 1966-01-00 ed. Editors of Planète
Denoël?Denoel
 
F6.50?F: French frank
192
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1965 1966-10-00 ed. Damon Knight Doubleday / SFBC  
$1.20?$: US dollar
xii+
299
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Donald Crews , Ann Crews Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1 1967-03-00 ed. Damon Knight Gollancz  
25/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
253+
[2]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Analog 5 1967-05-00 ed. John W. Campbell Doubleday  
$4.95?$: US dollar
xix+
242
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Jim McMullan Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1967-11-00 ed. Damon Knight Pocket Books 75275
$0.75?$: US dollar
x+
244
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Analog 5 1968-00-00 ed. John W. Campbell Dennis Dobson  
25/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
242
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Nebula Award Stories 1968-10-00 ed. Damon Knight Pocket Books 75275
C$0.75?C$: Canadian dollar
x+
244
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1968-10-00 ed. Damon Knight Pocket Books 75275
$0.75?$: US dollar
x+
244
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Science-fiction verhalen 1969-00-00 ed. uncredited Het Spectrum     600
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1 1969-04-00 ed. Damon Knight New English Library 2410
7/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
224
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Bruce Pennington Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1969-12-00 ed. Damon Knight Pocket Books 0-671-75275-8
$0.75?$: US dollar
x+
244
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 1969-12-00 ed. Damon Knight Pocket Books 0-671-75275-8
C$0.75?C$: Canadian dollar
x+
244
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Computer streiten nicht 1970-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Lichtenberg (Science Fiction für Kenner #4)  
DM 11.00?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
195
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth W. Baum Checkmark
Countercommandment and Other Stories 1970-00-00 ed. John W. Campbell Curtis Books 123-07067
$0.75?$: US dollar
221
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Science Fictions 1971-00-00 ed. Arnold Thompson University Tutorial Press (London) 0-7231-0529-4   vii+
168
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Galaktika 5: Tudományos-fantasztikus antológia 1973-00-00 ed. Kuczka Péter
Kozmosz Könyvek?Kozmosz Konyvek
IF 1796 - e - 7375
Ft 12?Ft: Hungarian forint
127
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Schiller Alfréd , Joan Miro  
The Astounding-Analog Reader, Volume 2 1973-04-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison Doubleday 0-385-02732-X
$7.95?$: US dollar
xv+
458
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Gary Friedman Checkmark
Computer streiten nicht 1973-10-00 ed. Damon Knight Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3360) 3-453-30237-0
DM 2.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
156
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Karel Thole  
Wondermakers 2 1974-02-00 ed. Robert Hoskins Fawcett Premier P635
$1.25?$: US dollar
320
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth FMA Checkmark
Transformations II: Understanding American History Through Science Fiction 1974-11-00 ed. Daniel Roselle Fawcett Crest P2327
$1.25?$: US dollar
143
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
De speekselboom 1975-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Luitingh (Luitingh SF Verhalen) 90-245-0327-2   240
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Karel Thole Checkmark
You and Science Fiction 1976-00-00 ed. Bernard C. Hollister National Textbook Co. 0-8442-5547-5   349
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Decade: The 1960s 1977-01-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison Macmillan UK 0-333-19002-5
£3.95?£: UK pound
287
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ken Leader Checkmark
Computers, Computers, Computers: In Fiction and in Verse 1977-08-00 ed. D. Van Tassel Thomas Nelson 0-8407-6542-8
$6.95?$: US dollar
192
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Jay J. Smith Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1978-00-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander, Patricia Warrick Harper & Row 0-06-046943-9   xviii+
476
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1978-06-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander, Patricia Warrick Harper & Row 0-06-011626-9
$14.95?$: US dollar
xviii+
476
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Mark Rubin Checkmark
Decade: The 1960s 1979-06-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison Pan Books 0-330-25767-6
£0.90?£: UK pound
287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Chris Moore Checkmark
Maschinenmenschen 1980-00-00 ed. Erik Simon Das Neue Berlin  
M 8.50?M: East German mark
334
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Albrecht von Bodecker  
Space Mail 1980-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Joseph Olander Fawcett Crest 0-449-24312-5
$2.50?$: US dollar
416
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth John Berkey Checkmark
The Analog Anthology #1 1980-12-00 ed. Stanley Schmidt Davis Publications  
$2.95?$: US dollar
380
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
anth Dean Ellis Checkmark
Weekend Book of Science Fiction 1981-00-00 ed. Stuart Gendall Harmsworth Publications Ltd. for Assoc. Newspapers Group Ltd. 0-85144-180-7
£1.00?£: UK pound
127
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Reginald Gray Checkmark
Analog's Golden Anniversary Anthology 1981-00-00 ed. Stanley Schmidt The Dial Press 0-8037-0217-5
$10.95?$: US dollar
380
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury 1981-03-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, Joseph Olander Bonanza Books / Crown Publishers 0-517-33635-9
$6.98?$: US dollar
786
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Don Dixon Checkmark
Sirius, #62 1981-08-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik  
Din 30?Din: Serbian and Yugoslavian dinar
148
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Tony Roberts Checkmark
Fifty Years of the Best Science Fiction from Analog 1982-00-00 ed. Stanley Schmidt Davis Publications  
$2.95?$: US dollar
380
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
anth Checkmark
Space Mail 1982-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Joseph Olander Fawcett Crest 0-449-24312-5
$2.95?$: US dollar
416
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Sternenpost: 1. Zustellung 1983-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Joseph Olander Moewig (Playboy Science Fiction #6733) 3-8118-6733-4
DM 5.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
172
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Carl Lundgren Checkmark
Those Amazing Electronic Thinking Machines!: An Anthology of Robot and Computer Stories 1983-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin S. Greenberg, Charles H. Waugh Franklin Watts 0-531-04667-2
$10.90?$: US dollar
147+
[3]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Neil Waldman Checkmark
Computer Crimes and Capers 1983-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Academy Chicago 0-89733-087-0
$7.95?$: US dollar
235
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Computer Crimes and Capers 1983-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Academy Chicago 0-89733-082-X
$17.95?$: US dollar
235
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
R-A-M Random Access Messages of the Computer Age 1984-00-00 ed. Thomas F. Monteleone Hayden Book Company 0-8104-6333-4   [10]+
193
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Michel Tcherevkoff Checkmark
Die Sechziger Jahre II 1984-00-00 ed. Hans Joachim Alpers, Werner Fuchs Hohenheim (Edition SF im Hohenheim Verlag) 3-8147-0037-6
DM 19.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
304
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Olof Feindt Checkmark
You and Science Fiction 1985-00-00 ed. Bernard C. Hollister National Textbook Co. 0-8442-5547-5
$9.95?$: US dollar
[7]+
349
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Microworlds: Tales of the Computer Age 1985-07-00 ed. Thomas F. Monteleone Severn House 0-7278-1189-4   192
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Microworlds: Tales of the Computer Age 1985-12-00 ed. Thomas F. Monteleone Hamlyn 0-09-939220-8
£2.50?£: UK pound
175
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Computer Crimes and Capers 1986-03-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Penguin Books 0-14-007310-8
£3.95?£: UK pound
236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
L'assassin habite au XXIe siècle 1987-04-00 ed. Pierre K. Rey Londreys (
Science & Fiction?Science et Fiction
)
2-904184-59-7
F75.00?F: French frank
269
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Henri Galeron  
Die besten Computer-Krimis 1987-10-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh
Bastei Lübbe?Bastei Luebbe
(Bastei Lübbe Paperback #28158)
3-404-28158-6
DM 19.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
325+
[2]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Ends 1988-10-00 Gordon R. Dickson Baen Books 0-671-69782-X
$3.95?$: US dollar
342
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Carl Lundgren Checkmark
Ends 1988-10-00 Gordon R. Dickson Baen Books 0-671-69782-X
C$5.50?C$: Canadian dollar
342
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Carl Lundgren Checkmark
You and Science Fiction 1994-00-00 ed. Bernard C. Hollister National Textbook Co. 0-8442-5547-5   [7]+
349
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Urania #1275 1996-01-21 ed. Giuseppe Lippi Mondadori 1275
Lit 5,500?Lit: Italian lira
256
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Oscar Chichoni  
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1998-00-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander, Patricia Warrick HarperCollins 0-06-046943-9
$15.62?$: US dollar
 
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Fernes Licht 2000-00-00 ed. Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #2100) 3-453-17117-9
DM 15.00?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
1051
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Thomas Thiemeyer Checkmark
Nebula Award Stories 2001-02-00 ed. Damon Knight Stealth Press 1-58881-018-6
$29.95?$: US dollar
310
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Frank R. Paul  
Vingt pas dans l'insolite 2005-02-00 ed. Roland Lacourbe L'Atalante (Insomniaques et ferroviaires) 2-84172-297-X
€23.00?€: Euro
579
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Nicolas de La Casinière Checkmark
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury 2006-03-07 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, Joseph Olander Gramercy Books 0-517-33635-9
$11.99?$: US dollar
786
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
If This Goes Wrong... 2017-01-00 ed. Hank Davis Baen 978-1-4767-8202-7
$7.99?$: US dollar
351
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Dominic Harman Checkmark
Those Amazing Electronic Thinking Machines!: An Anthology of Robot and Computer Stories date unknown ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin S. Greenberg, Charles H. Waugh Franklin Watts 0-531-04667-2   147+
[3]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Neil Waldman  
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury date unknown ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, Joseph Olander Gramercy Books 0-517-33635-9   786
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Computer streiten nicht date unknown ed. Damon Knight Éditions Rencontre (Science Fiction (Éditions Rencontre))     193
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury date unknown ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, Joseph Olander Gramercy Books 0-517-33635-9
$11.99?$: US dollar
786
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury date unknown ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, Joseph Olander Bonanza Books / Crown Publishers 0-517-33635-9
$6.98?$: US dollar
786
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Don Dixon Checkmark
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