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A brilliantly hilarious novel in which Soames Noyes - an affable young Englishman in charge of PR for a huge computer firm - says goodbye to inhibition and hello to Africa when he is sent to pave the way for the installation of an impressive computer. Palace plots, witch doctors and the disconcerting favours of some sensual women make Soames' African expedition rather more ...more
Published (first published 1961)
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Nov 27, 2008 Manny rated it liked it
This book has a nice opening. An African tribal chief walks into an IBM salesroom sometime in the 60s, and says he wants to buy a computer. (This was before laptops, the Internet, etc). "Certainly, sir!" says the smooth salesman. "And what kind of machine would sir want?" The chief has his answer prepared. "I want a RED one!" he says eagerly.

Is this racist? It might be, but the way the book develops you pretty much have to give Aldiss a pass, as the Westerners are made to look every bit as silly
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Pseudonyms: Jael Cracken, Peter Pica, John Runciman, C.C. Shackleton, Arch Mendicant, & "Doc" Peristyle.

Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative liter
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