In the aftermath of a galactic civil war, the planet of Poictesme finds itself stocked with military hardware, but not much else. However, rumors abound that a super computer could be hidden among the scrap. Conn Maxwell is sent to Terra to find out about the super computer and return with proof of its existence. Maxwell finds hints about a Project Merlin, but can’t verify the super computer is on Poictesme. While the government gives up the search for the super computer, Maxwell continues alone. Of course there are some surprises amid the twist and turns of the plot. I loved H. Beam Piper’s works–SPACE VIKING, LITTLE FUZZY–when I was a kid. I’ve had THE COSMIC COMPUTER for decades and only got around to reading it this week. It’s fun space opera if you’re in the mood for that genre.