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Perhaps someone can help me find a story I read a while ago? (Dead tree and ink, not online)

The premise is that a computer science student plugs Dutch Schultz's famous last words into the AI software that he was developing, and magically, the AI gains sentience and starts channeling the ghost of Schultz.

Schultz offers to help the student find his buried loot, provided that most of it goes to Schultz's (great?) granddaughter. Throughout the story, Schultz explains what the various parts of his dieing words mean, while the student and Schultz's great granddaughter find themselves wanting to get free of the control of the electronic ghost of Schultz, who has now spread from beyond the computer and has taken over the phone system, and probably any computer attached to it. (Oldish story, if I recall correctly, so there wouldn't have been an Internet.)

The only other details I can remember is placing bags of salt on the electricity metres to make them give lower readings, and the use of the word Jabberwocky as a code word.


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Oct. 13th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
I believe the story you are looking for is "Mouthpiece" by Edward Wellen, 1974.
Oct. 13th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Well, the cover to "The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction" looks quite familiar, as do most of the titles. It's also some place I'd never have thought to look. Now I just wonder if there's still a copy of it in the basement.

Thank you very much!
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