Core War, the subject of my inaugural column in this magazine (May, 1984), will be fought on the U.S. eastern seaboard later this summer. The Computer Museum in Boston plans to host the first international Core War on the last weekend in August. The cleverer programs will render their weaker colleagues inoperable by destroying vital instructions. The (human) winner will be Core War champion for a year.

For interested competitors a document that defines the standards for the entries and an entry form are available from Mark Clarkson, 8619 Wassall Street, Wichita, Kans. 67210. Clarkson directs the International Core War Society, an organization of some 150 core warriors. Many of them are currently preparing their entries, but it is not too late to order the standards document and write a program of your own. I shall have more to say about the tournament in next month's column.