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Book Note: William E. Butterworth, Next Stop, Earth

I read this book about 29-May-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1978. This note was last modified Sunday, 30-May-2004 12:21:32 PDT.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


This is the first of this author's books (under numerous pseudonyms) that I've actually disliked.

It has, at least, the virtue of being very short (80 pages). The illustrations, by Paul Frame, are quite good.

But it's stupid. And it contains that never-to-be-tolerated phrase "does not compute", which is pretty much guaranteed to signal bad science fiction.

About the only thing that's good about it is a few of the passages where the boy is trying to manipulate the computer into doing the right thing through the trouble caused by its programming not really comprehending the extent of the disaster.

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