The Computer is Your Friend is an all-new 40,000-word anthology that introduces both new and returning citizens to the joys and rigors of PARANOIA. Five light-hearted stories feature backstabbing mutants, misprogrammed robots, and crazed firefights in the food vats. Several of these short, mayhem-filled tales feature characters from the PARANOIA novel line:
- "Data Exhaust" by Gareth Hanrahan: Watch the head of the Department of Threat Obfuscation (from Reality Optional) try to leave his apartment.
- "Rule Zero" by Allen Varney: Heroic Troubleshooters seeking a stolen helpbot (from Stay Alert) find the legendary Bot Graveyard.
- "Hay Fever" by WJ MacGuffin: Efficiency auditor Clarence-Y meets his pet mouse, Ignatius (from Traitor Hangout).
- Plus "Market Research" and "Action Request" by Greg Ingber, and the history of PARANOIA.