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Souls in the Great Machine (1999)
Sean McMullen
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Souls in the Great Machine is apparently a post-ecological-apocalypse SF novel in which a powerful multiprocessing computer is built out of human beings manipulating abaci. Has anyone out there read Sean McMullen's other SF novels? Please write to me with more information! They apparently have some math in them, but I can't find a copy or a good description of any of them.

Contributed by Vijay Fafat

The premise behind the story "Souls in the Great Machine" by Sean McMullen appears to be the same as the one behind A C Clarke's story "Into the Comet", where the computer on board a spaceship chasing a comet fails and the entire crew has to learn to do calculations on an abacus to plot a trajectory back to earth.

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