The Grid

The Grid

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
During the grand opening of an ultra-modern, computer-controlled building in downtown Los Angeles, the architects discover to their horror that the computer has programmed itself to kill

Blackwell North Amer
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the sparkling new Yu Corporation Building is a monument to human genius. It can converse with its occupants. It can forecast the weather. It knows your body temperature, whether you've been drinking or using drugs. It darkens the windows in the noontime glare. It keeps the homeless away at night and lovingly tends the tree that reaches up through its beautiful atrium. Dubbed the Gridiron, the Yu Building is the culmination of art and function. It's also something else: a serial killer.
Something has gone wrong inside the immensely powerful brain of this corporate dream palace. Before the building is opened to the public, one member of a team of brilliant computer programmers dies slumped against his VDT, his eyes burned black. Then a security guard is found with his skull shattered. Now the men and women who know the building best - including its egomaniacal architect and the one person who may actually be able to reason with the computer - know that the building itself is spinning wildly out of control.
Built to survive power outages and the most massive earthquakes, the brain of the Gridiron cannot be unplugged and cannot be outsmarted. For the dozen people who are locked inside, the Gridiron is turning into a living, malevolent dungeon of terrors, where each death is more horrific than the one before, and human survival may be the ultimate achievement...

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During the grand opening of an ultra-modern, computer-controlled building in downtown Los Angeles, the architects discover to their horror that the computer has programmed itself to kill. National ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 1996, c1995
ISBN: 9780446520539
0446520535
Branch Call Number: F KER
Characteristics: 447p. : ill. ; 24cm
Alternative Title: Gridiron

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Fun plot, will make me more nervous in long elevator rides. Imaginative ways for a 'smart building' to kill humans and a good morality tale for overweening architechs and computer nerds.

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Bells
Mar 02, 2010

Great Science Fiction! A smart building goes haywire, systematically murdering the engineers trapped inside.

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