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This hefty manga adapts the 1979 near-future hard-sf thriller by Hogan (Mission to Minerva). When a lack of judgment on the part of TITAN, the semi-intelligent computer managing many aspects of Earth society, almost kills five people, humanity has two choices: to downgrade TITAN's capabilities—or to increase them and create a system that might evolve real intelligence and might see humans as a threat. To test the risks of the latter plan, Dr. Raymond Dyer and his team of AI researchers stage an experiment in which the personnel of space station Janus are pitted against the station's next-generation computer, Spartacus, designed with a survival instinct. When Spartacus proves more ingenious than anticipated, people start dying. Hoshino (2001 Nights) streamlines Hogan's intelligent and gripping story, introduces a new wrinkle at the end, and concentrates less on characterization and background than on detailed renderings of technology. With its realistic art style, its pages flipped to read left-to-right, and its large 7 x 10 format, this will appeal more to sf fans than average manga readers. With minor nudity and gore, it's recommended for adult collections.