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The Cosmic Computer (Junkyard Planet) (Ace…
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The Cosmic Computer (Junkyard Planet) (Ace SF, #11757) (vuoden 1978 painos)

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This novel had its genesis in a much shorter story called "Graveyard of Dreams" (Galaxy, 1958) Piper expanded it to book length, and it appeared in 1963 as Junkyard Planet. Ace later renamed the book The Cosmic Computer for its paperback appearance. This edition returns the book to Piper's original title, Junkyard Planet. Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his home world of Poictesme, dubbed "The Junkyard Planet" because of all the military equipment left behind after the last war. Conn claims he has found the location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been left behind. But is Merlin real, or just a myth? And will Conn's knowledge of the computer save Poictesme -- or tear his world apart?… (lisätietoja)
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The Cosmic Computer (tekijä: H. Beam Piper)

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Typical H. Beam Piper. This book has a similar feel to other Piper books in that our hero is a young idealistic man on a different world.

This book did not age well as it feels a little too 1950s. As with many early SF writers Piper made some guesses about the future which appear naive in retrospect. Normally I forgive these because he was writing for his day and who among us would have guessed better. There are a couple of places where he just went stupid. Even he should have foreseen that you can't use nukes in a war to seize territory.

He does show some clever inventiveness in his universe and took advantage of people always being people. There are a few good plot twist to keep it entertaining and the reader guessing about the ending.

Over all it's decent SF from the 50s-60s period. It's science based space opera that works but is not special. ( )
  ikeman100 | Jan 23, 2018 |
This is the book that sent me on a long journey. The journey of a life long reading of Science Fiction and Dungeons and Dragons. The Science Fiction part is clear. Space travel, laser guns etc. The D&D part? Well they are searching for treasure? Well worth finding and reading. Especially for reading to your kids, to put them on the same road, perhaps. ( )
  misericordia | Apr 17, 2016 |
Originally posted with links at Fantasy Literature. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-cosmic-computer/

Conn Maxwell is returning to his impoverished backwater home planet, Poictesme (a nod to James Branch Cabell), after years at the university where he studied computer science. The leaders of Poictesme sent him to school so that he could learn about MERLIN, a legendary supercomputer that is thought to be located somewhere near their planet. They believe that if they can find MERLIN, they will have the information and guidance they need to raise the economic power and status of Poictesme back to its former glory. It used to be an important military outpost but it was abandoned by the government when the war ended. Some farmers remain (they produce a highly prized brandy) along with all the stuff that the military left behind.

Now that Conn has returned, the search for MERLIN can begin. But there are people on Poictesme who don??t believe in the legend. There are others who donƒ??t want to find MERLIN ƒ?? they are afraid of what a supercomputer might do to them. And there are still others who only want to find MERLIN for themselves. Conn must work with all of these people ƒ?? and some of them are his own family members ƒ?? to try to do the best thing for his planet. And that might mean telling a big lie!

The Cosmic Computer, also published as Junkyard Planet, is the third book in Piperƒ??s TERRAN FEDERATION series, but it can stand alone. (I have not read the previous novels, Uller Uprising and Four Day Planet.) The Cosmic Computer is a fun science fiction quest story that has a lot going on despite its short length. Thereƒ??s plenty of science and technology ƒ?? robotics, engineering, astronautics. Some of this is quite dated because the book was published in 1963, but one of Piperƒ??s female characters is a roboticist (the ƒ??realƒ? women donƒ??t like her, of course). Thereƒ??s also lots of business, economics, sociology, religion, politics, and psychology. Plus, space battles!

Itƒ??s a little hard to believe that the people of Poictesme couldnƒ??t figure out another way to make their planet prosper (it will be obvious to any reader). The reveal at the end is really hard to swallow, too, but this is still a nice adventure story with an interesting premise, some exciting exploration, and a couple of unexpected plot twists. The Cosmic Computer has some obvious parallels with Asimovƒ??s ROBOT and FOUNDATION stories.

The Cosmic Computer is now in the public domain. I got the Kindle version for free and then purchased the audiobook for $1.99 with Amazonƒ??s Whispersync deal. Jeffrey Kaferƒ??s narration is quite nice. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Great space opera. A further study of the H. Beam Piper universe with the planet Poictesme full of left over military after the aftermath of the System States war (think the US Civil War in Space). There is a myth of a hidden super computer that has been left on the planet (i.e.e the title) and the book revolves around the race to find it. Great detail, somewhat dated, with the use of slide rules and other anachronism, but still a great read. ( )
  kaki5231 | Jan 5, 2013 |
Substance: A reasonably good example of 1960s science fiction, with somewhat more depth in political awareness and psychological shrewdness. Still in the Heinlein-libertarian mode, with vastly over-simplified perceptions of the technical difficulties in building space vehicles. A decent "mystery" concerning the whereabouts of the "missing" computer. It is interesting to contrast the scientific and sociological extrapolations with what actually occurred in the intervening centuries (none of the classic sf writers foresaw the obliteration of public smoking, for instance, or the extent of the use of personal computers, although many predicted "computerized" societies).
Mark Twain also explored the basic conundrum of whether a compassionate lie trumped bald truth, but Piper extends the question: what if our current perception of the truth isn't true?

Style: Narrative style suits the subject, light humor and reasonable fidelity to physics. One notch above the basic cardboard / stereotype characters, in the tv / movie range. I enjoyed some of the wry comments of the protagonist's father. ( )
  librisissimo | Sep 27, 2011 |
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This novel had its genesis in a much shorter story called "Graveyard of Dreams" (Galaxy, 1958) Piper expanded it to book length, and it appeared in 1963 as Junkyard Planet. Ace later renamed the book The Cosmic Computer for its paperback appearance. This edition returns the book to Piper's original title, Junkyard Planet. Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his home world of Poictesme, dubbed "The Junkyard Planet" because of all the military equipment left behind after the last war. Conn claims he has found the location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been left behind. But is Merlin real, or just a myth? And will Conn's knowledge of the computer save Poictesme -- or tear his world apart?

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