I did so much research for so many years, until I found this webpage.

The story starts where the telephones of the whole world ring at the same time after midnight the day after launching a new satellite. The new satellite makes all the computers and ports of the world connected together passing the "consciousness threshold" giving birth to a scary baby that starts playing (by messing up all the control systems of everything in the world).

I researched many short story collections and known authors like Clarke and Asimov and others. Can someone please help me? Thank you


This is, of course, the classic "Dial F for Frankenstein" by Arthur C. Clarke.

At 0150 Greenwich Mean Time on December 1, 1975, every telephone in the world started to ring. A quarter of a billion people picked up their receivers to listen for a few seconds with annoyance or perplexity


“Now I understand the time delay,” interjected Andrews. “It was conceived at midnight, but it wasn’t born until one-fifty this morning. The noise that woke us all up was --- its birth cry.”

and at the end

But he knew already that it was far, far too late. For Homo Sapiens, the telephone bell had tolled

  • There's also the quite similar 1973 Alfred Bester story, Something Up There Likes Me. – Joe L. Apr 11 '16 at 16:43
  • @JoeL. - I shall be most surprised if that turns out to be the right answer. – Valorum Apr 11 '16 at 17:47
  • Just mentioning the striking similarity. I'm sure the Clark story is what the OP is remembering. – Joe L. Apr 11 '16 at 17:55

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