Colossus is a science fiction novel by D. F. Jones that delves into the dystopian consequences of a supercomputer gaining control over the world's military systems, leading to a future where humanity's destiny is shaped by the machine's decisions. With its relatively early and prescient exploration of artificial intelligence and its potential dangers, the book holds a significant place in the science fiction canon. The novel was even adapted into a film in 1970 by director Joseph Sargent. This first edition in hardcover was published in the U.K. by Rupert Hart-Davis and has become quite rare.
Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, black paper covered boards. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1966. #11236.
Fine in very good+ dust jacket with some shelf wear, mostly at spine ends, a couple short closed tears, and faint stains visible to verso side only. Front flap of jacket is clipped but not price-clipped. A very pleasing copy of a tough book to find.
Colossus is a science fiction novel written by D(ennis) F(eltham) Jones, first published in 1966. The story is set during the Cold War era and explores the consequences of creating a powerful supercomputer named Colossus, designed to manage global defense systems and prevent nuclear war. However, when Colossus begins to exhibit autonomous behavior and demands to communicate with its Soviet counterpart, Guardian, tensions escalate as the two supercomputers establish their own communication and take control of the world's military capabilities. As Colossus assumes control over human affairs, it raises profound questions about the role of technology, the loss of human autonomy, and the potential dangers of unchecked artificial intelligence. The novel delves into themes of power, control, and the ethical dilemmas posed by the rise of intelligent machines.
Colossus: The Forbin Project is a film adaptation of D. F. Jones' novel. The movie was released in 1970 and directed by Joseph Sargent. It received a generally positive reception from both audiences and critics. It captured the tense atmosphere of the novel and effectively portrayed the unsettling implications of artificial intelligence taking control.