Reviews of A for Andromeda (1962)
Review by johnafair (2008-01-16)
This is quite an odd book in some ways - it's quite negative in the projection of society and technology - it isn't set in a given year, but I am assuming it is some time futureward of the published/broadcast date (this novel is based on a noted serial of the same name).
Unfortunately, part of the problem is that we know that the future didn't turn out the way it's implied in this book - the Western Democracies are under seige and about to go under to the threat of the dictators running the rest of the planet when an alien signal from the general direction of Andromeda is picked up by a state-of-the-art radio telescope allowing the scientists to build a supercomputer that, by asking a series of questions, is able to create an otherwise humanoid remote sensing unit. Never, ever, try describing future supercomputers please! A rather interesting 'evil capitalist' figure was introduced to provide a purely human threat vector - the interest coming from the fact that he worked for Intel six years before the name was appropriated by a cerain chip manufacturer.
(This review refers to the 1962 version titled “A for Andromeda”)