Henry Beam Piper (1904-1964) was an American science fiction writer best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales. Piper wrote several loosely-related space opera series and several highly-acclaimed novels, one of which, LITTLE FUZZY, won a Hugo Award in 1963.
The Cosmic Computer by H. Beam Piper [Federation Series #3]by H. Beam Piper
Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his poverty-stricken home planet of Poictesme, “The Junkyard Planet”, with news of the possible location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been
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This Halcyon Classics ebook is H. Beam Piper's THE COSMIC COMPUTER, #3 in the Federation series, and part of the Terro-Human Future History series.
Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his poverty-stricken home planet of Poictesme, “The Junkyard Planet”, with news of the possible location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been abandoned there after the last war. The inhabitants hope to find Merlin, which they think will be their ticket to wealth and prosperity. But is Merlin real, or just an old rumor? And if they find it will it save them, or tear them apart?
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Piper was a history buff. And knew how people think, so this could happen.
Written in the 60's, his story is still fairly relevant today. As a future technology story (coupled with an economic revitaliztion message) it is still fun. I read it when it came out and really enjoyed it then. Re-reading it I find it still a very good young adult story ... and for those who read it years ago a real blast from the past.