Berserker The Ultimate Enemy [NOOK Book]

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Long ago, in a distant part of the galaxy, two alien races met—and fought a war of mutual extinction. The sole legacy of that war was the weapon that ended it: the death machines, the BERSERKERS. Guided by self-aware computers more intelligent than any human, these world-sized battle craft carved a swath of death through the galaxy—until they arrived at the outskirts of the fledgling Empire of Man.
These are the stories of the frail creatures who must meet this monstrous and ...
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Overview

Long ago, in a distant part of the galaxy, two alien races met—and fought a war of mutual extinction. The sole legacy of that war was the weapon that ended it: the death machines, the BERSERKERS. Guided by self-aware computers more intelligent than any human, these world-sized battle craft carved a swath of death through the galaxy—until they arrived at the outskirts of the fledgling Empire of Man.
These are the stories of the frail creatures who must meet this monstrous and implacable enemy—and who, by fighting it to a standstill, become the saviors of all living things.

With help from wherever they can find it, including World War I fighters and stomatopods, earth descended humans face the ultimate enemy of all life.

A Saberhagen classic book length collection of the nine Berserker stories: The Smile, Pressure, The Annihilation Of Angkor Apeiron, Inhuman Error, Some Events At The Templar Radiant, Starsong, Smasher, The Game, Wings Out Of Shadow.
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Amazon
This was my first Fred Saberhagen purchase back in the 1980's. I loved the short stories in this book. ... You get a brief novelette here about a general adept at battling then and a major battle he has after humanity has faced them once and been bloodied, that is tight and tense. You get the story of a diplomat going to negotiate or is that scout a large "wounded" berserker machine. Some of the battles are big and some are small personal stories and there is something to enjoy in all of them.
GoodReads
Saberhagen is the Tolkien of Sci-fi. The stories in this book written in the 1960s have seeded a great many sci-fi productions. The confusing nature of the aggressive robotic intelligence leaves me wanting more... explanation. The colorful descriptions of complex scenes are like the gooey filling in the center of a special piece of chocolate
Amazon Review - Blue Tyson
The third collection of Saberhagen's Berserker stories, with the Greek mythology pastiche 'Starsong' being the standout, and overall they are of good quality.

Ultimate Enemy
: The Smile : Pressure [Berserker's Prey] : The Annihilation of Angkor Apeiron : Inhuman Error : Some Events at the Templar Radiant: Starsong : Smasher : The Game : Wings Out Of Shadow
GoodReads - Heather Reviewer
A fine example of man verses machine.
GoodReads - Jeff Crosby
This was my first return to Saberhagen after many years. It was part of my "stash". The Berserkers are not my favorite Saberhagen creation, but there are two very clever stories in this anthology.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015979718
  • Publisher: JSS Literary Productions
  • Publication date: 1/11/2013
  • Series: Saberhagen's Berserker Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 335,760
  • File size: 552 KB

Meet the Author

Fred Saberhagen is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth based fantasies Books of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com
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