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The town of terror Cybernia. Ross MacLean was a computer expert. One of those bright guys with a head for pure logic. Machines break down once in a while, and he could set them straight in no time. That's why he was going to Cybernia.
Cybernia was a new community - a community of tomorrow. It was fully modernized and automated, run by a fantastic computer. But the computer
Published (first published 1972)
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An odd, flat mix of speculative science-fiction and murder-mystery, with a hardboiled narrator, from the early 70's. Supercomputers turning against humans is one of my favourite tropes, i just love it when computers go bad, however i have no actual interest in computers, and when being made to read about cybernetics (whatever it is) and electronics (Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers etc..) i can feel my whole body shutting down. There were some good bits, but I zoned out through most of this, als ...more
Questo romanzo è davvero gradevole da leggere e molto plausibile. Non si parla di un futuro lontano, né di invenzioni che richiedano conoscenze non in nostro possesso, bensì di una situazione che potrebbe essere realtà ai giorni nostri, ossia una città in cui tutte le funzioni di utilità sono regolate e controllate da un computer: l’accensione delle luci, l’annaffiatura dei prati, i pagamenti delle bollette, gli antifurti delle case, l’erogazione della corrente, i servizi di manutenzione, l’aper ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
easy and enjoyable read, even if not a masterpiece of writing. although not entirely scientifically/technically possible or accurate, please keep in mind the copyright is 1972 and some of the concepts are pretty cool for being before our current age of computer technology.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Awful. Passable pulp novel until the ending 'explains' things, which is just a joke for anyone with a knowledge of electronics. Pity, as even 15 minutes with someone who knows their stuff could have had the ending actually work (in terms of physics and logic).
Chris Conway
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
A light but readable one-off with some amusing dialogue. Has a bit of the 60s Twilight Zone feel...
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