The Cosmic Computer

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 691 reviews)

Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his poverty-stricken home planet of Poictesme, "The Junkyard Planet", with news of the possible location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been abandoned there after the last war. The inhabitants hope to find Merlin, which they think will be their ticket to wealth and prosperity. But is Merlin real, or just an old rumor? And if they find it will it save them, or tear them apart? (by Mark Nelson)

(7 hr 27 min)


Ch. 1-2 33:14 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch. 3-4 38:56 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch. 5-6 51:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch. 7-8 35:44 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.9-10 47:48 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.11-12 35:54 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.13-14 49:11 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.15-16 41:56 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.17-18 40:57 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.19-20 36:28 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.21-22 36:03 Read by Mark Nelson



(5 stars)

love the book, it is a good piper book. the reader is good too, I've listened to many of his readings and always enjoy them. only thing that is a little annoying is the intro to each chapter group, the music. it is much louder then the reading and can blast your ears if you are using headphones.

Very good story

(5 stars)

Conn is a young man trained to work on computers so he can find the ultimate computer in the universe. Along the way, he finds someone who knows about the computer, but will say nothing about it. Why? What is the big secret? Good story, kept me on my toes. Mark Nelson is a GREAT reader, I hope he is still reading for libravox.

Superb example of a good science fiction book

(5 stars)

A little slow to start but maturely themed and very entertaining. Also nice and long. I'm a fan of longer stories with more developed characters.

The Cosmic Computer

(5 stars)

Fantastic story definitely my favourite H Beam Piper tale. Once again brilliantly read by Mark Nelson my favourite Libivox narrator. An excellent adventure with twists turns and great characters.


(3.5 stars)

Excellent reading, made it a pleasure to listen to. Expands on a short story, "Graveyard of Dreams", starting in an almost identical way then branching off into it's own story. Quaint but satisfying. Ends a little suddenly, but it's of it's time. I can imagine a B movie version doing much the same.

Love Piper and Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars)

"In the future, computers will be ten thousand times bigger and hundreds of times more powerful!" so the old theory goes. a great tale by a man ahead of his time :)

good listen

(5 stars)

since I will always make a negative comment because everything can have improvement there was a 1 word slip in the dialog in chapter 10 but I only mention that because I can find no other fault in the book vs the reading and well... great book well read. its better the other the war of the worlds on here.

Struggled to enjoy

(2.5 stars)

For me I found it a real bore, I went with it but just couldn't get into the book really. This is more a personal taste thing I guess but it's a shame cis I love Sci fi and space and such.