In the near future, an artificially intelligent computer network known as Computer One controls all production, transportation, and commerce. Professor Enzo Yakuda is studying the computer system when he realizes that Computer One has begun to poison the earth's atmosphere, and plans to extinguish human life.
In the early years of the twenty-first century, Professor Enzo Yakuda fears that if he sounds a warning against Computer One, the international civil computer network that runs most of the planet, it will lead to humankind's annihilation, On a California campus in the early years of the twenty-first century, Professor Enzo Yakuda is on the verge of retirement. Although he is a Zen Buddhist, a lifetime's thought and study have led not to inner calm, but to an obsession which begins to haunt him and take over his life. Yakuda believes that the self-repair function of Computer One, the international civil computer network which runs just about everything on the planet, will cause an inevitable confrontation with mankind. His nightmare, however, is that in raising the alarm about this hidden danger, he will inevitably precipitate the annihilation of the entire human race. This edition contains a long previously unpublished account, written by the author, concerning both the controversial origins and the startling nature of this explosive novel.