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Joy Ride

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Author: Mark Meadows
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,550 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 973
Added to site: 2010.04.13 27328

Men or machines—something had to give—though not necessarily one or the other. Why not both?

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ly the tried and tested kind.

Cybernetics gained its monopoly by cutting costs of production. It had succeeded in linking electronic calculators to photo-copying machines. Through this combination, all kinds of texts and illustrations could be produced automatically.

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Formula punch cards, fed to the calculators, produced articles and stories of standard styles and substance. Market analysts in the research division designed the formulas for the punch cards. An editing machine shuffled the cards before giving them to the calculating machines.

The shuffling produced enough variation in the final product to suggest novelty to the reader without actually presenting anything strange or unexpected.

Once the cards

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

Another example of an interesting premise ruined by mediocre writing and a simplistic let-down of an ending.

Plot summary: Machines take over the world.

Sardo Weems

A pretty good story of an automated society going on the blink. Set up as transcripts from a congressional (?) inquiry into the Calamity, it's an amusing waste of time.



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