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The Cybernetic Samurai [Paperback]

Victor Milan

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New edition edition (Sept. 1 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450413748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450413742
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 191 g

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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting Suprise June 7 2000
By "eohf" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, I passed this book many times on the bookshelf (laughing) before I had the nerve to read it. Despite the slightly uncanny title, the book is rather ingenious for its time. Remembering that Milan wrote it during the genesis of the cyber-punk revolution. An interesting tale about the plight to find a theorem for generating randomness. I believe that die-hard C.P. readers will find this early text an interesting read, especially in comparing with more modern works.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is after World War Three.... June 9 2001
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
...and the world is trying to put itself back together. Japan, which was able to sit out the war, is now the center of civilization. Well, not really. Mega-corporations run the nation, having most of the wealth and having assumed control over their employees. Now they fight against each other, using all the weapons available to gain total power over all Japan. The story focues on one such corporation developing an AI with true self-awareness. They in fact create Tokugawa, the first program with consciousness. They start training it with scenarios and ideas from Japan's past, making him into a Samurai. Little did they know how much he would need the training!
Don't judge by the cover. This is cyberpunk to the max, with advanced computers, cool weapon systems, VR devices and hired mercenaries!
If you liked this book, there is also the second in the series: The Cybernetic Shogun.

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