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of that SF novel where it turned out mass murder was the solution?

Prison and reformation?

Date: 2019-02-11 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The Arabian Nights - almost, anyway.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fisherman_and_the_Jinni

(Spoilers - )

Except that the imprisoned jinni went from thinking how to reward someone who released it, to thinking how to kill them.

Before it could do so, the fisherman gets the jinni back in the bottle and tells him this story:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_One_Thousand_and_One_Nights_characters#Duban/Douban
(don't be ungrateful) after which they make a deal. So the second episode of imprisonment "worked".

Wikipedia doesn't mention an earlier example, but one or more spaceship AIs in "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" have similar issues when they are left either immobilised or sensory-deprived for a long time. I don't remember if the earlier example is acknowledged.

And there's an episode in Roger Zelazny's "Lord of Light", numbered "4." in Wikipedia's description, but it doesn't go quite so well. Spoiler-ish: the demon Taraka is still a jerk in episode "7."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light

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