Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester. A band of immortals recruit a new member, the brilliant Cherokee physicist Sequoya Guess. Guess, with the group's help, gains control of Extro, the super-computer that controls all mechanical activity on Earth.
They plan to rid Earth of political repression and to further Guess's researches-which may lead to a great leap in human evolution to produce a race of A band of immortals recruit a new member, the brilliant Cherokee physicist Sequoya Guess. They plan to rid Earth of political repression and to further Guess's researches-which may lead to a great leap in human evolution to produce a race of supermen.
But Extro takes over Guess instead and turns malevolent. The task of the merry band suddenly becomes a fight in deadly earnest for the future of Earth. Get A Copy.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Computer Connection. Feb 08, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it. This is a strange little book, and far from Bester's best. But it was nominated for a Hugo, and so I read it, and it's weird. With some redeeming moments. And a lot of vaguely uncomfortable but yet vaguely progressive gender and racial politics.
I don't quite know how to wrap my head around it. I guess that's what this review is here to do.
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Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the This is a strange little book, and far from Bester's best. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Sep 18, Nick rated it did not like it Shelves: science-fiction , science-fiction-time-travel. They are classics worthy of study, as well as just good books. Then, he stopped writing novels for many years.
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Sadly, he returned to writing in order to write this book. Having loved Bester's classic works, I was surprised to stumble across this book in a book sale. I didn't recognize the title or remember the premise, so I figured, "How bad could it be? It's written by Bester. Written after a long layoff from writing novels, Bester seems to have been trying to write a trendy, New Wave science fiction novel of the kind that Michael Moorcock and his friends were writing at the time.
Unfortunately, this style is not well-matched to Bester's, and the result was painful. Supposedly, in a little over years, a frankly insulting blend of Spanish and African American English [which seems to be based on slang and accents from s movies, so it comes out with things like "gemmun" for "gentlemen"] has replaced standard English, and the remaining Caucasian part of the population has inbred to imbecility. No reason, just because.
Repeatedly through the story Bester's dates and numbers wander into weirdness. As an example, within the story the Cherokee people apparently have gone through 20 generations in years. You may pause to think about what this means. There's also a very sexualized year-old in the story, who was apparently born in the 5th row of Graumann's Chinese theater and keeps hoping to have sex with every adult male character in the story. That got creepy right away, and stayed creepy, even though they turn her down.
Then, there's the actual story. It is based on the idea that a sufficient trauma near death can sometimes scare your body out of ever dying. So, yes, he really went there There's also time travel and other weirdness, but all in support of this concept and related ones. I very rarely give up on a book without finishing it. I don't think I can finish this one. The time I've already spent has felt like too much of a waste of my time.
Stopped around page Officially the first book in my life that I have stopped reading because of its sheer awfulness. What the hell were you thinking, Alfred? This is bad and you should feel bad. Alfred Bester was a very creative writer. He also wrote several excellent short stories throughout his life-time. One can tell a Bester work just from looking at the text. It is common practice these days, but back then in the fifties , he liked doing odd graphic things with the letters of Alfred Bester was a very creative writer.
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