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Colossus by D.F. Jones
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Dec 20, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

I'm a huge buff of sci-fi fables, and am currently reading the Colossus trilogy by DF Jones. Colossus does a good job of setting up the dystopian/utopian future. I say this mainly because I have yet to determine which better classifies the world as defined in the 2nd and 3rd books. Colossus is set in a fairly different geopolitical world than the actual world of the 1960s, but the themes of the Cold War remain constant. The characters of Colossus and Forbin start very similar, both very logical, but as the book progresses on the human side of Forbin comes out as his superiority over Colossus is called to question. The story presents a solution to the Cold War which the civilian population was hoping for in lasting peace, but at what cost to the leaders of the respective countries. This first book was also the basis of the 1970s sci-fi movie "Colossus: The Forbin Project", a personal favorite of mine.
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