The Ambassador

Cover image for


Author: Sam Merwin
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 20,315 / 68 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,086
Added to site: 2010.05.30 27959

All Earth needed was a good stiff dose of common sense, but its rulers preferred to depend on the highly fallible computers instead. As a consequence, interplanetary diplomatic relations were somewhat strained—until a nimble-witted young man from Mars came up with the answer to the "sixty-four dollar" question.

Show Excerpt

larity of your nose is just enough to keep you from being too pretty, Lindsay." He smiled and added, "You certainly stirred up a cyclotron with your speech this afternoon. The British are planning a white paper."

"I merely stated facts as I know them," said Lindsay.

"They aren't used to facts--not unless they have been computer-processed," said the senator. He seemed pleased for some reason, added, "You may have broken some real ice, Lindsay. I've been trying for years to work out a way to tell people computers are robbing them of all powers of decision."

"All they have to do is confine them to mathematical problems and let people decide human ones," said Lindsay.

The Secretary General cleared his throat. He said, "Without the computers there would be no United Worlds. There would be no world at all, probably."

It was a rebuke. Carlo Bergozza redonned his spectacles and rose from the table. He said, "If you'll excuse me I have some business to attend to. I'm sure my daughter


Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Lisa Carr

The Martian colony, now independant but still economically controlled by Earth, sends an ambassador to the home planet. At this time, all decisions of any kind are made by computers, and all Earthlings are equal: equally ugly. Wearing masks, padding, and harnesses to make themselves unattractive, their main persuit is developing new allergies.
The ambassador's task is to free Mars from Earth control. Since Earth is run by machines, he assaults the machines.
A few nice character twists, some understanding of human nature, and an okay plot. It's good to see that in the future people will still be smoking and computers will still rely on punch tape.

Dick Thornton

I found this to be an engaging and interesting tale,and recommend it.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Ambassador by Sam Merwin - Free eBook

Nefertiti's Heart

The Artifact Hunters Book 1
A.W. Exley

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and im... Read more

Cover image for The Ambassador by Sam Merwin - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for The Ambassador by Sam Merwin - Free eBook


Annelie Wendeberg

Our world changed - our climate, our ecosystems... Read more

Cover image for The Ambassador by Sam Merwin - Free eBook


Psionic Pentalogy Book 1
Adrian Howell

A telekinetic teenager. A telepathic child. A p... Read more

Cover image for The Ambassador by Sam Merwin - Free eBook


A Dystopian Trilogy Book 1
Peter R. Stone

A century after an apocalyptic war reduces all... Read more

Cover image for The Ambassador by Sam Merwin - Free eBook

Where Angels Tread

Kensington Family Novels Book 1
Clare Kenna

Fall in love with the Kensington siblings in th... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
by Arthur Conan Doyle
by Théophile Gautier
The Call of Cthulhu
by H. P. Lovecraft
And All the Earth a Grave
by Carroll M. Capps
Beauty and the Beast
by Anonymous
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Eve's Diary
by Mark Twain
A Martian Odyssey
by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Advanced Chemistry
by Jack G. Huekels
Arson Plus
by Dashiell Hammett

See more popular titles from this genre.