Planetary computers, one male the other female, the female supercomputer was named Jermaine. Different planets, Jermaine was one planet and the male counterpart was another planet. After they warred, humanity was reduced to living in caves and almost extinct. Two interplanetary leonine humanoids, a couple, discover the cave dwelling humans, learn of the war, and that it was a lovers spat between two worlds.

This book was from the 70s

  • Jermaine was one, was Brett the other? Jun 9, 2018 at 5:40
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    The theme reminds of Firebird (where the aliens were felinoids, not leonoids, and the computers were called Largo (male) and Czandra (female).
    – LSerni
    Jun 10, 2018 at 14:52
  • Yes ! Thank you, Firebird by Charles L Harness was the book. Jun 12, 2018 at 13:14
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    @JamesfromNZ - The name of the male supercomputer isn't germane :-)
    – RDFozz
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:30

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Per the OP comment above, this was Firebird by Charles L. Harness, published 1980 or 1981 (isfdb and goodreads disagree).

Summary from the Amazon Kindle entry:

From the distant dipoles of the universe, two telepathic computers, Largo and Czandra, known as Control, rule over life on all civilized planets. And now, with Project Cancelar, Control has formulated a plan for achieving immortality...a plan which requires as fodder the collapsing of the universe and the destruction of all life. And there is nothing the humans can do.

But there is another force in the universe, hidden in the abyss of the Silent Quarter...plotting destruction of Control. A force that is about to be demolished! Before it expires, it launches from its depths a magic ring, an elixir, and a man and a woman in love - riding within the living spirit of a remarkable spaceship to do battle against the cumulative technology of the entire universe.

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