the greatest industry on Earth centred about Multivac-Multivac, the giant computer that had grown in fifty years until its various ramifications had filled Washington D.C. to the suburbs and had reached out tendrils into every city and town on Earth. Multivac directed Earth's economy and helped Earths science. Most of all, it was the central cleaning house of all known facts about each individual Earthman
Bernard Gulliman was in the fourth week of his year term as Chairman of the central Board of corrections. while looking over the morning report, Mr. Gulliman found not just one, but two first degree murders. Mr. Gulliman was determined to have non during his term.
Ali, there are two first degrees this day. it there any unusual problem? you realise that I don't want a single consummated case of it during my term?
No, sir. Both cases are quite low probabaility.
what do we do? Its an awful chance trying to handle this thing our own? trouble is though, what if we miss out? it would just about be the end of the world.
If we miss out, who cares what happens to us? we'll just be part of the general catastrophe.
Back in Baltimore, Ben Manners life was getting flipped upside down. His father was getting arrested because Multivac detected the possible source of one of the murders was himself. But Multivac is incorrect. The probability of the murders went up.
Joseph Manners, I place you under arrest by order of the government.
for what reason? what have I done?
confused, Ben went looking for answers to help his dad. So he went to Multivac to ask a question that all the public can do. confused about the rise of the murders probablity, the governemtn went on a hunt for the new suspect of the case ben.
my father joseph manners has been arrested but we dont know what crime he is planning. is there any way we can help him?
Multivac take the express way to Washington D.C at once. get off at the connecticut avenue stop. you will find a special exit labbeled Multivac
learning about the case, the government found that ben was being told to destroy mulitvac and for that reason the probability of murders went down. Mutivac was planning on murdering THE government official-which was multivac itself.