Poictesme is known as the junkyard planet. A poor, sparse population ekes out a meager existence by scavenging the remains of abandoned military bases left behind after the last interstellar war. Young Conn Maxwell returns from school on Terra with the news that Merlin, a military supercomputer, may be among the spoils, which they think might be their ticket out of poverty. But is Merlin just a myth? And if they find it, will it make them rich, or tear them apart? The Cosmic Computer is another fantastic tale by sci-fi master H. Beam Piper that combines social issues, politics, and plenty of action in a truly unique way.
Public Domain (P)2014 Mark Nelson
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