Dennis Feltham Jones

Dennis Feltham Jones OBE, VRD[1] (1918–1981) was a British science fiction author who published under the name D. F. Jones. He was a naval commander during World War II and lived in Cornwall.[2]

His first novel, Colossus (1966), about a defence super computer which uses its control over nuclear weapons to subjugate mankind, was made into the feature film Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970).



Short stories

  • "Coffee Break" (1968)
  • "Black Snowstorm" (1969)
  • "The Tocsin" (1970)


See also


  1. ^ "No. 44863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1969. p. 5965.
  2. ^ "Authors". Venture Press. Retrieved 3 June 2017.

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1969 Birthday Honours

The 1969 Queen's Birthday Honours were appointments to orders and decorations of the Commonwealth realms to reward and highlight citizens' good works, on the occasion of the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. They were announced in supplements to the London Gazette of 6 June 1969.At this time honours for Australians were awarded both in the United Kingdom honours on the advice of the premiers of Australian states, and also in a separate Australian honours list.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

Colossus (novel)

Colossus is a 1966 science fiction novel by British author Dennis Feltham Jones (writing as D. F. Jones), about super-computers taking control of mankind. Two sequels, The Fall of Colossus (1974) and Colossus and the Crab (1977) continued the story. Colossus was adapted as the feature film Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970).

Colossus and the Crab

Colossus and the Crab is a 1977 science fiction novel by the British author Dennis Feltham Jones (writing as D. F. Jones). It is the third and final volume in "The Colossus Trilogy" and a sequel to Jones's 1974 novel The Fall of Colossus.

Darwin among the Machines

"Darwin among the Machines" is the name of an article published in The Press newspaper on 13 June 1863 in Christchurch, New Zealand, which references the work of Charles Darwin in the title. Written by Samuel Butler but signed Cellarius (q.v.), the article raised the possibility that machines were a kind of "mechanical life" undergoing constant evolution, and that eventually machines might supplant humans as the dominant species:

We refer to the question: What sort of creature man’s next successor in the supremacy of the earth is likely to be. We have often heard this debated; but it appears to us that we are ourselves creating our own successors; we are daily adding to the beauty and delicacy of their physical organisation; we are daily giving them greater power and supplying by all sorts of ingenious contrivances that self-regulating, self-acting power which will be to them what intellect has been to the human race. In the course of ages we shall find ourselves the inferior race.


Day by day, however, the machines are gaining ground upon us; day by day we are becoming more subservient to them; more men are daily bound down as slaves to tend them, more men are daily devoting the energies of their whole lives to the development of mechanical life. The upshot is simply a question of time, but that the time will come when the machines will hold the real supremacy over the world and its inhabitants is what no person of a truly philosophic mind can for a moment question.

The article ends by urging that, "War to the death should be instantly proclaimed against them. Every machine of every sort should be destroyed by the well-wisher of his species. Let there be no exceptions made, no quarter shown; let us at once go back to the primeval condition of the race."

Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones is the name of:

Dennis Jones (Australian footballer) (1936–1999), Australian rules footballer

Dennis Jones (Australian politician) (1874–1936), Australian politician

Dennis Jones (footballer, born 1894) (1894–1961), English footballer

Dennis Feltham Jones (1917–1981), British writer

Dennis L. Jones (born 1941), Australian politician

Dennis M. Jones (1938–2016), American businessman

List of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

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List of dystopian films

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List of fiction works made into feature films (0–9, A–C)

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List of fictional computers

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List of people with surname Jones

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Nebulae in fiction

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Outline of artificial intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (AI) – intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It is also the name of the scientific field which studies how to create computers and computer software that are capable of intelligent behaviour.

Phobos and Deimos in fiction

Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. Due to their small size, both moons were discovered only in 1877, by astronomer Asaph Hall. Nevertheless, they frequently feature in works of science fiction.

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The Fall of Colossus

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