Why aren't there any ALTAIRS on Arcturus II?

BYTE April 1977


This was a talk piece on why science fiction failed to predict the personal computer explosion. I had been trying to sell computer articles to this premier magazine and mentioned that I wrote science fiction.  The editor was putting together an April Fools issue and asked for something about science fiction and computers.  About the title, an Altair was one of the first of the kit computers.