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They'd Rather Be Right (Also Published as The Forever Machine)
They'd Rather Be Right - Also Published as The Forever Machine Author:Mark Clifton, Frank Riley They'd Rather Be Right is a science fiction novel about Bossy, a cybernetic marvel, and the men who insist on building her. Professors Billings and Hoskins are academics who have designed a synthetic brain. If provided with the correct facts about a problem, Bossy produces the optimal solution, without fear or favor. To the horror a... more »nd confusion of the professors, they find themselves hounded and hated by every kind of fanatic and even the man on the street. Now they are on the most wanted list, the Feds are after them, and only Joe Carter stands between them and prison.
Joe is a telepath. He can read minds and, with some effort, can even slightly influence the thinking of other minds, but he pays a somatic price for using his talents. He has helped the fugitives to elude the Feds on several occasions, but now they need to find a long-term hideout to rebuild Bossy. Joe selects the house of a former prostitute, Mabel Monohan, in the sleazy section of town. They settle in and, with a little larcenous help from Doc Carney, a former practicing mentalist, they acquire the necessary materiel.« less