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The eponymous protagonist, Laurent Michaelmas, is an ex-hacker who had, early in the computer era, left back doors in many key pieces of software which run vital government & commercial computers. As a result, by the turn of the millennium, he's become one of the most powerful men on earth, because of his ability to spy & influence throug...more
Mass Market Paperback, 247 pages
Published July 1st 1978 by Berkley Books (first published 1977)
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4.5 stars. Excellent story by one of the best SF writers of the 60s and 70s. This is an underrated gem that deserves to enjoy a much wider audience. Recommended!!
In the year 2000 (yes, that does seem to be the year this takes place), war has faded from the Earth, and humanity growing ever-closer together is getting ready to explore the rest of the solar system. Humanity doesn't know that one man is responsible. The Anderson Cooper-like Laurent Michaelmas is not only the world's top newsman; he is the man behind the curtain. He has a superintelligent computer, Domino, and together they run everything, gently nudging humankind forward. But when a Swiss doc...more
Intelligently speculative, this novel delights in the implications of words unsaid between characters, in the difference between presentation and actual opinion. I do enjoy the political (lower case p) conversations. So, yes very clever, what about the story.

Renowned newsman Michaelmas and his super loyal, super powered AI have been steering the world towards a duller future for years. (Domino is a dead ringer for her 'descendant' Jane in Orson Scott Card's Ender series.) But when a dead spacema...more
Erik Graff
Jun 07, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Budrys fans
Recommended to Erik by: Jeff Budrys
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During the mid-eighties I met Jeff, Algis' son, through Tom Kosinski and began hanging out at On the Tao, a restaurant/bar in the Rogers Park neighborhood above which Jeff lived. It was in honor of this new acquaintanceship that I made a point of reading one of his father's books intentionally, sometime during the fall in Michigan, even though Jeff personally wasn't much interested in the genre.

Michaelmas, while prescient as regards the world-wide web, did not, unfortunately, impress me very muc...more
Vincent Powell
Very solid sci-fi book. This novel excels at weaving together characters into a plot that congeals throughout the book until a very satisfying conclusion, an interlacing of lives which finds its high point at the relationship between Michaelmas, the protagonist, and Domino, his computer assistant. While this is not necessarily a rich and developed relationship, one that I do wish was explored further, it is the key element of an ingenious plot. The action of the book is perfect, taut and condens...more
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Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Nov 23, 2010 Jose Miguel Gonzalez rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jose Miguel by: Txema Ferrando
Me ha gustado la idea, el trasfondo, pero algunas partes eran densas, demasiado. Un adelantado para su tiempo, algunas cosas que aparecen en esta historia, algunos conceptos, son ahora una realidad, y no en 1977.
Aug 04, 2014 Lew rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!!!!!
I did not like this book at all. It was struggle to even finish it. I don't know if it was the story just did not pass the test of time. It definitely didn't hold my interest. I finished it just to finish it.
This is an amazing speculative fiction examination of the News Media, more of a concern now than when it was written.
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Algis Budrys was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names "Frank Mason", "Alger Rome", "John A. Sentry", "William Scarff", "Paul Janvier", and "Sam & Janet Argo".

Called "AJ" by friends, Budrys was born Algirdas Jonas Budrys in Königsberg in East Prussia. He was the son of the consul general of the Lithuanian government, (the pre-Wo...more
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