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Title: The Machine That Won the War Title Record # 62429
Author: Isaac Asimov
Date: 1961-10-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Series: Multivac
Webpages: mendham.wmrhsd.org, olivenri.com, Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: After humanity wins a war with an alien species, due to the Multivac computer being put in charge of military decisions, the three men involved in operating the machine and implementing the decisions realize that none of them trusted it at all.
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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1962 French La machine qui gagna la guerre
1963Translation: Charlotte Winheller
German Die Maschine, die den Krieg gewann
1967Translated by Francesco Villa.
Italian La macchina che vinse la guerra
1971Translated by Hilia Brinis.
Italian La macchina che vinse la guerra
1972Translated by Franco Lucentini
Italian La macchina che vinse la guerra
1973Translated by Dr. Eva Sander
German Die Maschine, die den Krieg gewann
1976Translated by J. A. Harloff
Dutch De Machine die de Oorlog Won
1980Translated by Simone Hilling.
French La machine qui gagna la guerre
1988Translated by Irene Paetzold
German Die Maschine, die den Krieg gewann
2009Translated by Carlos Gardini.
Spanish La máquina que ganó la guerra

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Honorable Mentions 1962 Hugo Best Short Fiction

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1961 1961-10-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Mercury Press, Inc.   $0.40 132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Chesley Bonestell Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Eleventh Series 1962-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Doubleday   C$4.95 258
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Roger Zimmerman  
Fiction, #98 1962-01-00 ed. Alain Dorémieux OPTA   F1.60 148
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Jean-Claude Forest Checkmark
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction [UK], Vol. 3, No. 3 1962-02-00 ed. Editors of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction [UK] Atlas Publishing and Distribution Co. Ltd   2/6 132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Eleventh Series 1962-03-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Doubleday   $3.95 258
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth R. M. Zimmerman Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Eleventh Series 1962-10-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Doubleday / SFBC   $1.69 258
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Roger Zimmerman  
Saturn im Morgenlicht 1963-03-00 ed. Charlotte Winheller Heyne (Heyne Allgemeine Reihe #214) 214 DM 2.20 155
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Heinrichs & Piloty Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Eleventh Series 1964-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Gollancz   18/- 255
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Eleventh Series 1966-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Ace Books M-137 $0.45 254
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Bob Schinella Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: Number 11 1966-05-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Panther 2052 3/6 189
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
La guerra è sempre la guerra 1967-11-00 ed. Ruggero Leonardi De Carlo Editore (Italy)   4,000 Lit 393
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ferruccio Alessandri Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1969-00-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday (Doubleday Science Fiction)   $5.95 343
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Amelia S. Edwards  
Nightfall and Other Stories 1969-12-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC (Doubleday Science Fiction) 2099 $1.69 343
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Amelia S. Edwards Checkmark
Best SF Seven: Science Fiction Stories 1970-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber 0-571-08808-2 £1.40 212
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1970-06-25 Isaac Asimov Rapp & Whiting 0-85391-157-6 35/- 344
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Nightfall and Other Stories 1970-11-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest M1486 $0.95 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Urania #570 1971-07-11 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 570 300 Lit 142
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Karel Thole Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1971-10-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03537-0 £0.30 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1972-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03657-1 £0.30 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Il passo dell'ignoto 1972-09-00 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Omnibus) 10531   xii+
636
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Karel Thole  
Nightfall Two 1973-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03657-1 £0.30 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Vergangene Zukunft 1973-05-11 Isaac Asimov Pabel (Terra Taschenbuch #211) TTB211 DM 2.80 159
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Rita Mühlbauer , Hanno Rink Checkmark
Best SF Seven 1975-02-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber 0-571-10694-3 £0.95 212
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Een Mooie Dag voor een Wandeling 1976-00-00 Isaac Asimov Bruna (Bruna SF #44) 90-229-9044-3   190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ivo de Weerd Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1977-07-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23188-7 $1.75 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1978-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03657-1   192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Antologia Personale. Volume primo 1978-10-00 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar) 15755-2 2,250 Lit 304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Karel Thole  
Heyne Science Fiction Jahresband 1980 1980-05-00 ed. Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3729) 3-453-30633-3 DM 4.80 464
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Tim White Checkmark
Jusqu'à la quatrième génération 1980-05-12 Isaac Asimov Denoël (Présence du Futur #301)     188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Stéphane Dumont Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1981-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03657-1 £1.25 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1981-10-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Hutchinson 0-09-145770-X £6.95 370
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1983-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Penguin Books 0-14-006382-X £2.95 365
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Mick Brownfield Checkmark
Vergangene Zukunft 1983-01-00 Isaac Asimov Moewig (Utopia Classics #49) UC49 DM 5.80 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Nikolai Lutohin Checkmark
Jusqu'à la quatrième génération 1983-03-00 Isaac Asimov Denoël (Présence du Futur #301) 2-207-30301-2   188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Stéphane Dumont Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1984-12-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-31091-8 $3.50 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Rick Sternbach Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1985-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03657-1 £1.95 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Robot Dreams 1986-11-00 Isaac Asimov Berkley Books (Masterworks of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Byron Preiss)) 0-425-09345-X $7.95 349
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
Een Robot Droomt 1987-00-00 Isaac Asimov Bruna 90-229-7756-0   357
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ralph McQuarrie  
Antologia Personale. Volume primo 1987-07-00 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #1996) 88-04-30471-5   304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Anna Montecroci  
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow: Science Fiction War Stories 1987-12-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Bonanza Books / Crown Publishers 0-517-64105-4 $8.98 xiii+
650
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Romas Checkmark
Roboterträume 1988-02-00 Isaac Asimov Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Lübbe Paperback #28162) 3-404-28162-4 DM 19.80 413
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
Robot Dreams 1988-05-00 Isaac Asimov VGSF / Gollancz 0-575-04254-0 £3.95 349
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Le robot qui rêvait 1988-05-16 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #2388) 2-277-22388-3   510
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Philippe Caza Checkmark
Robot Dreams 1989-00-00 Isaac Asimov VGSF 0-575-04565-5 £3.50 474
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov 1989-05-00 Isaac Asimov Dark Harvest 0-913165-44-1 $21.95 678
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Ron Lindahn , Val Lakey Lindahn  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov 1989-05-00 Isaac Asimov Dark Harvest 0-913165-43-3 $49.00 678
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Ron Lindahn , Val Lakey Lindahn  
Een Robot Droomt 1990-00-00 Isaac Asimov Bruna 90-229-7756-0   357
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
Robot Dreams 1990-06-00 Isaac Asimov Ace Books 0-441-73154-6 $4.95 xvi+
384
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ralph McQuarrie  
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1990-11-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation 0-385-41606-7 $22.95 viii+
614
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barclay Shaw  
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1990-11-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation 0-385-41627-X $12.95 viii+
614
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Barclay Shaw  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov! 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov Legend 0-7126-4690-6 £14.99 836
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Tony Roberts Checkmark
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov: Volume Four 1991-01-00 Isaac Asimov Ace Books 0-441-03109-9 $3.95 182
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Bob Eggleton  
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1991-03-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation / SFBC 17907 $10.98 viii+
614
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barclay Shaw Checkmark
Die Asimov-Chronik: Die vierte Generation 1991-06-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Heyne Allgemeine Reihe #8228) 3-453-04839-3 DM 14.80 443
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Karel Thole Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1991-07-00 Isaac Asimov Grafton 0-586-21255-8 £4.99 445
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Chris Foss  
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1993-03-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-00-224139-0 £15.99 614
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Chris Moore  
The SF Collection 1994-08-00 ed. Edel Brosnan Chancellor Press 1-85152-317-0 £4.99 501
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Complete Stories: Volume Two 1995-01-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-00-648016-0 £5.99 464
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Chris Moore  
The Complete Stories: Volume Two 1997-00-00 Isaac Asimov Voyager 0-00-648016-0 £6.99 464
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Chris Moore Checkmark
Robot Dreams 2004-06-00 Isaac Asimov Ace Books 0-441-01183-7 $14.00 xvi+
335
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ralph McQuarrie  
Le robot qui rêvait 2005-01-05 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #2388) 2-290-31715-2   510
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll E. Gorinstein Checkmark
Cuentos completos I 2010-09-00 Isaac Asimov Zeta (Zeta - Nova #48) 978-84-9872-258-1   816
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Oscar Chichoni Checkmark
Nightfall Two date unknown Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03537-0 £0.50 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 date unknown Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation 0-385-41627-X $17.95 viii+
614
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Nightfall and Other Stories date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest M1486 $0.95 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Nightfall and Other Stories date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest P1969 $1.25 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23672-2 $1.95 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 date unknown Isaac Asimov Broadway Books 0-385-41627-X $22.00 viii+
614
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Robot Dreams date unknown Isaac Asimov Ace Books 0-441-01183-7 $14.00 xvi+
335
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ralph McQuarrie  
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