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The God Machine is a superbrain, a cybernetic computer triumph which can do everything except lie or fabricate (guess it couldn't make up a story like this, altho there are leaden stretches when it seems it could have). Anyway Steven Rand is chosen to program it only to find that this Frankenstein is ready to take over its own programming & programmers & kill them. ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Pocket Books (NY) (first published January 1st 1968)
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Jacques (The Great) Desmond
Aug 26, 2013 Jacques (The Great) Desmond rated it it was ok
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While the premise (a supercomputer which takes its programming directives to their logical limit) is amusing, there is much that detracts from the story: padding and superficial elements that detract from the more interesting conflict between the protagonist and the computer the protagonist suspects of taking hypnotic control over the other staff of the project. Furthermore, in its logic it is quite illogical, taking extremes when a more nuanced or subtle approach would be more efficacious.
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It may be dated by today's standards, however in 1968 when it was released it was a great read.
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