The collage era continues. They had to use tape to indicate "Computers," because otherwise no one would think they were computers.
The current reprint cover calls it "a major voice in the formative years of modern sci-fi," which might scare off some readers - gosh, could that be, like, as old as the 50s? A wise old reader might think nah, they're fobbing off a pulp serial from the 20s. Wrong in both cases. Amazon Synopsis:
The odds were right for victory. The problem with computer warfare is that the computer is always logical while the human enemy is not - or doesn't have to be. And that's what the Betastani enemy were doing - nothing that the Alphaland computers said they would. Those treacherous foemen were avoiding logic and using such unheard-of devices as surprise and sabotage, treason and trickery. They even had Alphaland's Deputy of Information believing Betastani propaganda without even realizing it. Of course he still thought he was being loyal to Alphaland, because he thought that one and one must logically add up to two. And that kind of thinking could make him the biggest traitor of them all.
The author was a Red Diaper Baby:
When the family moved to Baltimore in 1918, his father joined the Socialist Labor Party so that from an early age Reynolds was raised to accept the tenets of Marxism and Socialism. In 1935, while still in high school in Kingston, New York, Reynolds joined the SLP and became an active advocate of the party’s goals. The following year, he toured the country with his father giving lectures and speeches, and became recognized as a significant force in advocating the SLP.
Wikipedia says he later wrote critiques of the socialist utopias on which he was raised, but whether he laid into them for being insufficiently collective, I can't say.