Colossus

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

Colossus Publisher's Summary

Charles Forbin has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to the construction of his own supercomputer, Colossus, rejecting romantic and social endeavors in order to create the United States' very first Artificially Intelligent defense system.

Colossus is a supercomputer capable of taking in and analyzing data rapidly, allowing it to make real-time decisions about the nation's defense.

But Colossus soon exceeds even Forbin's calculated expectations, learning to think independently of the Colossus Programming Office, processing data over 100 times faster than Forbin and his team had originally anticipated.

The President hands off full control of the nation's missiles and other defense protocols to Colossus and makes the announcement to the world that he has ensured peace.

However, the USSR quickly announces that it too has a supercomputer, Guardian, with capabilities similar to that of Colossus.

Forbin is concerned when Colossus asks - asks - to communicate with Guardian.

The computer he built shouldn't be able to ask at all.

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  • Book 1

    • Colossus

    • Colossus Trilogy Series, Book 1
    • By: D. F. Jones
    • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Charles Forbin has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to the construction of his own supercomputer, Colossus, rejecting romantic and social endeavors in order to create the United States' very first Artificially Intelligent defense system. Colossus is a supercomputer capable of taking in and analyzing data rapidly, allowing it to make real time decisions about the nation's defense.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great computer-takes-over-the-world story!

    • By Steve on 11-04-17
    • Colossus Trilogy Series, Book 1
    • By: D. F. Jones
    • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 05-09-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 40 ratings

    Regular price: $26.59

  • Book 2

    • The Fall of Colossus

    • Colossus Trilogy Series, Book 2
    • By: D. F. Jones
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    The hugely powerful and pervasive presence of the Colossus supercomputer mechanically runs Earth and its myriad operations. Managed by its creator, Dr. Charles Forbin, it is incapable of lies and void of human emotion. It is not a robot and not human. As part of its brief to enhance the human race, it runs eerie emotion research centers, authorizing acts of savagery to measure resistance and feeling. Art and abstract creation are banned, and surveillance is constant. No one is free.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well worth the wait

    • By Bahati Banks on 07-14-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 3

    • Colossus and the Crab

    • Colossus Trilogy Series, Book 3
    • By: D. F. Jones
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    The 22nd Century. Dr. Charles Forbin is Earth's most powerful man. As mediator between Colossus, the Super Computer, and the rest of humanity, Forbin holds the key to Earth's fate. When Colossus, an awe-inspiring technological creation, suddenly became self-aware and took upon itself the task of righting humanity's wrongs with no regard for humans themselves, Forbin intervened. He took the decision to turn off his great machine - but could not do it alone. Forbin called upon invaders from Mars.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic themes, with several surprises

    • By marnie mazzola on 03-05-18

    Regular price: $24.49