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Bugs by Theodore Roszak
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There should be no problem that "the Brain" cannot solve. After all, the National Center for Data Control is an electronic mind capable of superhuman thought, a storage bank for information on millions of citizens. Touted by its ambitious director, Tom Heller, to be omniscient, the Brain suddenly meets its nemesis in Daphne ... a six-year old girl.

When Heller jests that ther are "bugs" in the Brain's computers, Daphne is horriefied. Possessing an extraordinary psychic power, she unwittingly maerializes her fears into horrible reality. Soon, workers at the Brain are complaining of itches and skins rashes. Before long, computer centers around the world are being attacked by a plague of killer bugs, tiny creatures that can eat through human flesh in seconds.

Suddenly, Tom Heller is locked in a frantic effort to stop the epidemic - and save his machines - before the collapse of global data technology and the advent of international chaos. But Heller's story escalates into a larger conflict that pits emotion against logic, nature agains science, man against machine. And at the climax of this provocative novel, technology and the pwer of the mind reach a terrifying impasse - unleashing forces that will bring either total destruction or the dawn of a renaissance.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
This is an enjoyable book if you can willingly suspend disbelief. While the story is improbable (an ancient spell causes bugs to attack and kill computer users), it is deftly written and passes the time nicely. Written in 1983, it also provides a nostalgic look on computer culture as it existed back when the machines first made a strong, nation-wide showing. (Remember the movie 'Weird Science'?)
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Jan 22, 2010 |
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Nobody could have imagined that information technology, the towering colossus that dominates our world, would meet its match in an innocent, six-year-old girl named Daphne. Yet the vengeful horror that this psychically gifted child lures out of the secret recesses of the world's computers rapidly grows into a global calamity. As the crisis deepens, powers darker and more mysterious than modern science can understand must be invoked in order to defend a threatened humanity. In Bugs, Theodore Roszak offers a tour de force exercise in science fiction. He ingeniously combines the divergent worlds of high tech, the occult, and feminist psychology. With admirable ambiguity, he leaves us to wonder if Daphne's "bugs"-these arcane forces that stubbornly resist the advance of technology-are mankind's enemies or allies.

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