The Mad Metropolis

The Mad Metropolis

by Phillip E. High (Ace, 1966)

reprinted as “Double Illusion” (Dobson, 1970)

Book covers: “The Mad Metropolis” by Phillip E High (Ace, 1966); reprinted as “Double Illusion” (Dobson, 1970)

While the central premise remains relevant—humanity entrusting itself to an AI but installing a kill switch that sends it crazy—High’s execution is amateurish, adding layer after extraneous, unpolished layer to turn an intriguing short story idea into a flabby novel.

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