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Clarke, Arthur C. Against the Fall of Night

Gnome Press, 1953. USA, 160 p. Against the Fall of Night (Ibooks Science Fiction Classics) Against the Fall of Night

Topics: super computer
Themes: artificial intelligence, dehumanization
Motifs: omnipotent computer

Rewritten (1956) as The City and the StarsIn the 1953 version the machines are called robots. The 1956 is more computer-savvy. The central machine is called the central computer.Republished (1991) with sequel, Beyond the Fall of Night, by Gregory Benford.

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