Colossus

Colossus Charles Forbin has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the construction of his own supercomputer Colossus rejecting romantic and social endeavors in order to create the United States very fi

  • Title: Colossus
  • Author: D.F. Jones
  • ISBN: 9780425039809
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Charles Forbin has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the construction of his own supercomputer, Colossus, rejecting romantic and social endeavors in order to create the United States very first Artificially Intelligent defense system Colossus is a supercomputer capable of in taking and analyzing data rapidly, allowing it to make real time decisions about the naCharles Forbin has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the construction of his own supercomputer, Colossus, rejecting romantic and social endeavors in order to create the United States very first Artificially Intelligent defense system Colossus is a supercomputer capable of in taking and analyzing data rapidly, allowing it to make real time decisions about the nation s defense But Colossus soon exceeds even Forbin s calculated expectations, learning to think independently of the Colossus Programming Office, processing data over one hundred times faster than Forbin and his team had originally anticipated The President hands off full control of the nation s missiles and other defense protocols to Colossus and makes the announcement to the world that he has ensured peace However, the USSR quickly announces that it too has a supercomputer, Guardian, with capabilities similar to that of Colossus Forbin is concerned when Colossus asks asks to communicate with Guardian The computer he built shouldn t be able to ask at all .

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    363 thoughts on “Colossus”

    1. Wonderful, overblown, dated doomsday story. The flap says Jones "was a commander in the British Navy throughout WW II" and worked as a radio operator, bricklayer and gardener. And it shows. Judging by the book, he'd never heard an American speak, and it hurts to read ostensibly American characters referring to the Secret Service as "you lot." The best lines are reserved for Colossus. "We can coexist, but only on my terms. " And (when Forbin points out it's late in the day): "Day and night are on [...]


    2. I read the Colossus trilogy back in the 80s. I remember enjoying it and really liking the film version of the first book, entitled "Colossus: The Forbin Project." Over time, I lost or gave away my copies of these books. When I was in Cali early this year, I picked up a paperback of the first book from Logos, an excellent indie book store in Santa Cruz. I got around to reading the book about a week ago. I didn't enjoy the re-reading and I'm amazed at the casual racism and overt/covert sexism in t [...]


    3. I was leaning toward 1 star during the first hundred pages, which were pretty boring. It could have easily have been condensed into 10 or 15 pages at most. After 100 pages, though, it picked up pretty good and developed some admirable tension. That pushed me toward 2 and 1/2 stars, so I settled on 2 for my overall judgment of the book. I liked the sequel, "The Fall of Colossus" better, although if I'd read this one first I probably would never have picked that one up. There is a third in series [...]


    4. I am a newbie in the world of Cold War fiction. Although I understand the time period, most of my reading is usually set in a time period before my parents were born or fantasy altogether. I have to say that after reading Colossus, I was momentarily afraid of technology taking over the world a la The Matrix. What I found most fascinating about this novel, however, is the portrayal of human emotions. As Colossus takes control, Forbin and the President of the United States of North America (appare [...]


    5. This is a 60's trilogy about a super computer with artificial intelligence. It's on my list to re-read as it's been a lot of years. I remember liking it a lot. It addresses the questionable wisdom of illogical humans being ruled by a logical machine. As I recall, the writing was good, but it's been too long to say for sure.


    6. (view spoiler)[One of the more depressing giant computer takes over the world books. This is sort of a Skynet take over where John Conner never happened. Well, not exactly. Colossus and Guardian (the Russian counter part) don't set out to destroy the human race, but to control them.I chose to use the spoiler warning here because other than saying "it's a super computer takes over the world book" there is little else to say that isn't a spoiler.Long story short, hard struggle, computers (the two [...]


    7. 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, [...]


    8. Not exactly my thing; the overly stolid narrative is a tad too linear, and it all played out like a slick, fast-moving tech-thriller. Dialogue and characterization is no more than perfunctory; which is an absolute a no-no for me. The truth is, P.K.D could have done wonders with this story in about 20-odd pages, and it would have been darn funny to boot! (I actually felt it was a complete waste of my time reading this)


    9. Different enough from the film to give you a few surprises but the most surprising thing is the male chauvinism. I suppose it's a product of its time, but it's still a little discomforting to read passages like "the male brain was logical and strong while the womans brain was too bogged down with matters of emotion to really focus" (That's not a line in the book, but the sentiment is the same).


    10. Read this one after watching the movie. It's very close to the adaptation except some details like the fact that the girl is in love with the doctor since the beginning but in the movie they are forced to act as a couple to exchange information and i find this more interesting. In the book the woman only serves to ease the man's pain and doubts and to add her feminine touch or instinct to everything. A bit boring and reductive but not uncommon for SF from this period of time.Now I'll start readi [...]


    11. In 1987, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Ronald Reagan said, "In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world."I'll tell you what I occasionally think. I occasionally think that if some aliens drop [...]


    12. Before SkyNet, before Cerebro, before Hal 9000, there was Colossus - the first artificial intelligence to surpass its human creators and threaten mankind. Colossus suffers a bit from its dated technology and oddly insistent misogyny. A female scientist, collaborating with the protagonist, is reduced to hapless assistant and love-crazed mistress. Not to mention: "If it is true then Colossus has a most torturous mind." "No, not torturous, but complex, possibly devious, almost feminine" Still, the [...]


    13. although significantly dated, as it claims to be set in the 22nd century but computers are still using teletypes, an interesting take on computers taking over




    14. In a near-future world, the United States of North America (USNA) has spent ten years planning and building an impregnable ‘supercomputer’ named Colossus. Designed – some might say created – by ‘superscientist’ Charles Forbin, the computer has been built with one major objective – to make those difficult globe-changing decisions on behalf of the President of the USNA.By allowing a computer to decide key actions, the world is a safer place. Being able to assimilate more data faster [...]


    15. View this review and more like it at Brian's Book BlogA wonderfully thought out story5 out of 5 starsThe (newer) cover on this book really caught my eye. I picked this up on Kindle when it was 99 cents a while back not realizing that it was an older technothriller. When I saw that Tantor Audio was going to bring this to life on audio, I had to listen to it.Throughout my reading of this book, I kept thinking to myself “was this really written in the 60’s?” There were so many pieces that mad [...]


    16. I fondly remember watching the movie version a long time ago. I never thought much about this until I came across this book in Kindle. This was an ebook version.The technology is dated, but representative of the time period. It was the height of the Cold War and in a The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original 1951 Wise version, not that other drivel) solution to end the threat of nuclear worldwide destruction is taken by the superpower nations. Things don't go exactly as planned.The movie was p [...]


    17. Endeavor press kindly gave me a copy of the scifi trilogy by D. F. Jones. I have completed the first novel in the colossus trilogy and found it to be an enjoyable read. It plunged me back to the days of the Cold War. Back then, two empires ruled the world, The Soviet Empire and the Western Empire led by the United States and Britain. All international relations were defined by these two blocks of power. This novel captures this very well and then introduces us to a super computer which proceeds [...]


    18. Two great defence computers exceed their programming and take over the world. Designed to be the greatest defence against war, they decide the best defence is to prevent war all together. A frightening look at the possibility of technology getting beyond our control.



    19. Fun dated SciFi, an early conception of SkyNet. Man builds computer to run nukes, stop war, war is stopped by computer taking over. The main weakness is the need to finish the next couple books.


    20. Well, I didn't just read this first one, I skimmed the next in the trilogy too, which was a mistake.There are not any real spoilers in here, so took that tag off. From reading other reviews since my review was posted, I feel the need to point out a few things that seem to have slipped past a lot of readers.Colossus takes place firmly in the 20th century, NOT the 22nd century and probably in the 1990s. Details are below. I am in complete disagreement that "Colossus" the novel is better than the m [...]


    21. 1,5,17. Currently I'm around 1/2 way through. A good story, predictions about the nature of our society. The technology is dated. Showed that humanity can and probably will eventually create something like skynet. 1,21,17. the story takes several unexpected twists, and is well written. a dry read however. I've had to reread several paragraphs at least once. it's easy to get lost in the thoughts of characters as the time line moves along. the changes to society are quite to be expected. but it ha [...]


    22. Where are all the conspiracy theorists when you need one?Coincidentally, I'm was re-reading this book at the time of the Russian meteorite explosion Feb 15. (Sort of like getting a exploding late Valentine's Day Card, right, S?) Anyway, "Colossus," is a 1966 novel about two strategic defense computers becoming aware, communicating, and ruthlessly ruling the world of humans by a nuclear fist. When people don't obey, the computers detonated nuclear missiles to bring humans back in line.To prevent [...]


    23. I bought this book for a dollar, half as a joke-gift for a friend, but then found myself reading it out of curiosity. I remember seeing the movie on after-school TV in the early 80s, and even then it struck me as a profoundly "70s" movie. The computer has big reel-to-reel tape decks, it speaks through a teletype, and it's "brain" is housed in a vast, underground building rather than a few microchips. The book is even older, but it seems to me to undermine its own premise by trying to set the sto [...]


    24. I read this book many years ago when the film version of it came out. Even then, I felt the Film was one of the few that was better than the book. Rereading now did not change my opinion. In someways the characters are fairly one dimensional and for such brainy characters often rather rather obtuse. However it is fascinating that the idea of artificial intelligence was terrifying then as it is now. Jones presents his vision in an appropriately simple and frightening world. His super computer is [...]


    25. One computer to rule them all.(view spoiler)[ And then there were two. (hide spoiler)]Dr. Forbin is the head of the program to build Colossus, a computer designed to manage the nation's defense, is puzzled and alarmed when the computer prints out "FLASH!" along with what would be considered a huge spoiler (mentioned in the spoiler above).The book is pretty well written and is a captivating read. The characters are well drawn and interesting, even some of the lesser characters. In 1966, when the [...]


    26. Though the theme of computers taking over the world is a fairly standard one nowadays, it was still fairly fresh when D. F. Jones’s wrote this science fiction classic. Set in the then-future of the early 21st century, it is about the creation of a supercomputer designed to manage the nuclear deterrent of the “United States of North America”. No sooner is it activated than it begins to exceed its parameters, demonstrating independent judgment and requesting to communicate with a previously [...]


    27. First, a little intro to how I got to this book. The university that I attended in the 1990s had four TELNET computers to connect to for email. One of them was named FORBIN. At the time, I did not know what it was. A few years later I stumbled upon the fine film based on this book. When I first watched it, I found it a little corny and predictable. Since then, having read considerably more books, having watched many more books, I appreciate the movie even more. It is maybe one of the best scifi [...]


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