Copyright 1993 by
I first read this in August 1996 and most recently in May 2001.
Danny Cooper is a contract programmer. He's just taken on a new job at
an exciting software company called Artelligence.
Artelligence are scheduled to release a revolutionary voice recognition
program in just a few more weeks. If they don't meet the release data,
they'll be out of business. However, they are having a problem with
their star programmer and the deadline is getting all too close.
Danny is a pretty hot programmer himself but he finds himself pushed to
the limit as the problems with the software become apparent.
Meanwhile a new, mysterious and very malignant "time-bomb" virus is
propagating wildly on the Internet.
OK, I apologise - this is a techno-thriller, not SF. It's about a
computer virus infection that gets really out of control. The book
was published in 1993 and it now feels at little dated. Remember this
was just before the World-wide Web took off - in this book the internet
is the bulletin boards, Compuserve and USA Today. Furthermore, the virus
spreads on Apple Mac computers, and a personal computer is considered
powerful if it has 8MB of memory. Even the techie stuff isn't
But having said all that, this is, if you have some interest in
computers, a great read and good fun, and the ideas still have some
relevance to today's world. I enjoyed it the first time I read it, and
I enjoyed again this time. It'll keep you busy for a couple of hours
while you're running a backup on your PC.
What's it got? computer voice synthesis, computer virii and cruise
missiles (well, peripherally).
Loaded on the 1st June 2001.