Charles Forbin is the Director; the one man on earth who speaks directly to Colossus.
Years before, the American supercomputer and the Soviet supercomputer were united-- combined their data, their analytic powers, their learning and growth capacity. In the few seconds of that process, they became one Colossus--master of mankind. Programmed to solve mankind's problems, Colossus solved them: forestalled nuclear holocaust, eradicated poverty and the frustration and violence it breeds. Soon there was nothing for men to do--but obey.
Some made Colossus their God, and Charles Forbin was their Pope. Others wanted to be free of Colossus--for Colossus was also ruthless beyond any human tyrant ever--and they wanted Forbin as their deliverer. Either of these movements might get Forbin killed. He is appalled and disgusted by the religious cult, terrified by the rebels--who haven't got a chance, as he knows better than anyone on earth.
And then Forbin is handed the key to the overthrow of Colossus--or is it? He must commit his life to the chance that it is, just to begin with. Then he must commit the earth to the shadowy motives of the mysterious source of this new power.
Original title: The Fall of Colossus
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Technology→ Computers, Automation, Artificial Intelligence