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Overview

Controlled by their tireless electronic brains which were programmed to admit no possibility of defeat, the gigantic robot tanks known as Bolos were almost indestructible, and nearly unstoppable. Their artificial intelligences were designed to make them selflessly serve and protect humans throughout the galaxy and made each Bolo the epitome of the knight sans peur et sans reproche, and often far more noble than the humans who gave them their orders. Now, David Weber, New York Times best-selling author of the Honor Harrington series, continues the history of the Bolo, in four short novels, one of them published here for the first time. One Bolo is driven over the edge by the very humans it is pledged to protect. Another Bolo must decide whether or not to disobey when it is given an order that constitutes genocide. A third must hunt one of its own kind whose robot brain is damaged and rescue two children which the deranged Bolo thinks it is protecting from a nonexistent enemy. And more, including as a bonus, David Weber's own authoritative technical history of the Bolo, all in a volume that will be irresistible both for David Weber's huge readership and Bolo fans everywhere.

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The gigantic robot tanks called Bolos are not only nearly indestructible fighting machines; by virtue of their peerless artificial intelligence, they have achieved a true nobility that few humans can even imagine. In this powerful novel, David Weber takes the baton from the late Keith Laumer, the originator of the Bolos.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416520627
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: Bolo Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Weber

Undeniably the science fiction phenomenon of the decade, New York Times bestselling author David Weber is often compared to C.S. Forester (the celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower) and is the recipient of critical praise worthy of Heinlein or Asimov. His hordes of voracious fans clamor for more and more Weber. Fortunately for them, Weber keeps steadily producing book after book with first printings that sell out almost immediately, then go back into printing after printing after printing. His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own, Wind Rider's Oath) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization (the celebrated and nationally best-selling Honor Harrington series, War of Honor being the last installment). Reviewers call Weber "highly entertaining," (Booklist). " "outstanding . . . superb . . . excellent" (Wilson Library Bulletin), "remarkable" (Kliatt), "the best" (Dragon), "worth shouting about" (Philadelphia Weekly Press), "great" (Locus), and "the best writer around today." Weber and his wife Sharon and their three children live in South Carolina.

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BOLO!


By David Weber

Baen Books

ISBN: 0-7434-9872-0


Chapter One

I rouse from Low-Level Autonomous Stand-By to Normal Readiness for my regularly scheduled update. Awareness spreads through me, and I devote 0.0347 seconds to standard diagnostic checks. All systems report nominal, but I detect an anomaly in Number Twenty-One Bogie in my aft outboard port tread and activate a depot sensor to scan my suspension. A parikha, one of the creatures the colonists of Santa Cruz erroneously call "birds," has built its nest in the upper angle of the bogie wheel torsion arm. This indicates that the depot's environmental integrity has been breached, and I command the central computer to execute an examination of all access points.

The depot computer net lacks my own awareness, but it is an efficient system within its limitations and locates the environmental breach in 3.0062 seconds. Maintenance and Repair's Number Seventy-Three Ventilator's cover has been forced open by an intruding cable- vine, thus permitting the parikha to gain access. I command the depot computer to dispatch auto mechs to repair the hatch cover. A further 0.000004 seconds of -analysis suggests to me that the possibility of such an occurrence should have been allowed for in the depot computer's original programming, and I devote 0.0035 seconds to the creation of fresh execution files to establish continuous monitoring of all depot access points and to enable automatic repair responses in the event of future failures in integrity.

These actions have consumed 3.044404 seconds since resumption of Normal Alert Readiness, and I return to my initial examination of the parikha nest. Its presence constitutes no impediment to combat efficiency, yet the sensor detects live young in the nest. I devote an additional 0.0072 seconds to consideration of alternatives, then command the depot computer's remotes to remove the nest and transfer it to an exterior position of safety near the repaired ventilator cover. I receipt the depot computer's acknowledgment of my instructions and turn to a second phase Situation Update.

My internal chrono confirms that 49 years, 8 months, 3 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes, and 14.6 seconds, Standard Reckoning, have now elapsed since my Commander ordered me to assume Low-Level Autonomous Stand-By to await her replacement. This is an unacceptable period for a unit of the Line to remain in active duty status without human supervision, and I check the depot com files once more. No updated SitRep or other message to explain the delay has been receipted during my time at Stand-By, and I allocate another 4.062 seconds to consideration of possible explanations. Despite this extensive analysis, I remain unable to extrapolate the reason for the delay with certainty, yet I compute a probability of 87.632 percent that my Commander was correct in her observation that Sector HQ considers my planet of assignment "the backside of nowhere in particular."

Whatever its reasons, Sector HQ clearly has attached no urgency to detailing a new Commander. This conclusion is disturbing, and I allocate an additional 2.007 seconds to deliberation of potential responses on my part. My Autonomous Decision Protocols grant me the discretion to break com silence and dispatch an interrogative signal to Sector Central in conditions of Priority Four or greater urgency, yet my analysis of satellite data and commercial com traffic to and from Santa Cruz reveals no indication of current or near-future threats to my assigned station. Absent such threats, I must grudgingly concede that there is, in fact, no overriding urgency in the arrival of my new Commander.

I make a note in my active memory files to reconsider this decision yet again during my next scheduled Normal Alert period and revert to Autonomous Stand-By. (Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Bolo!

    Story 1: Miles To Go ....................... Bolos are kin to self-aware, indestructible, giant tanks. Human creators granted them the initiative of a rock and a literal-mindedness which, coupled with multiple layers of override programming, had made them totally dependent upon humans for directions. A rogue Bolo is, of course, worse than any possible nightmare. The Dinochrome Brigade had spent decades hunting down abandoned and obsolescent Bolos from the Mark XX to Mark XXIII series and burning out their command centers to prevent rogue (faulty) possibilities. .................................................................... ..................... Captain Paul Merrit had once, on Sandlot, forgotten that a Bolo is a machine. But now he has a second chance. Merrit is sent to the planet called Santa Crus, 'out in the middle of nowhere.' Ursula Central has finally noticed a 'sleeping' Bolo there. Merrit's duty is to locate the Bolo, inspect it, and assume command if it is still operational. The Bolo has been in Stand-By mode for close to eighty years. Central never realized that there has not been any real Navy personnel on the planet's base in all that time either. .................................................................... ............ However, Merrit locates the Bolo (nicknamed 'Nike'). Nike is special in that he is more self-aware than any other Bolo. Nike is an experimental prototype that has emotions and keeps her high alertness even when not in battle mode. .................................................................... .................... The GalCorp company is run by Madam Osterwelt. She sends her only son, Gerald, to Santa Cruz to buy up land ... ALL land ... the entire planet. Yet to do so, Gerald must get rid of the three things that stand in the way: civilians, Merrit, and Nike. But Nike is having none of it! .................................................................... ................... Story 2: The Traitor ....................... This is a short story. One Bolo is tracking down another Bolo that seems to have deserted during battle - something Bolos are supposed to be unable to do. .................................................................... ................. Story 3: With Your Shield .............................. Lieutenant Maneka Trevor is sent to Fort Merrit on Santa Cruz for her first command (ever) of a Bolo, 'Benjy'. As Trevor learns from her team about strategy, she learns even more about her own human race from Benjy. .................................................................... ........................... Story 4: A Time To Kill ............ The Final War saw the Concordiat of Man and the Melconian Empire end in fire and death. Humans and Melconians had finally wiped each other out. A hand full of survivors are all that is left of each race. The Humans settle on the planet where the last mission, Operation Ragnarok (the massacre of ALL Melconians on the planet) took place. Only the ruins of cities from decades ago and the husks of a few Bolos remain. ........................................................ One Bolo, 'Shiva', is slowly coming back on line. The timing could not have been better either. The last remaining Melconians, in dying ships, have no choice but to land and try to survive. Which race will win the right to live? ........................................................... St ory 5: A Brief Technical History Of The Bolo - From Bolos In Their Own Words...... ........................................... This is exactly what it sounds like. This section tells about each Bolo created. However, it is supposedly compiled AFTER 'Story 4'. The Bolos put together this section based upon the data it could piece together. Much information was lost after the 'Longest Night'. .................................................................... ......................... **** The first story consumes half the novel space. It is

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    This is a good book. The author knows how to build a well-paced

    This is a good book. The author knows how to build a well-paced plot and engaging characters. I read the entire book in one day, which speaks well to how engaging it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Dave

    What is the 1st book?

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    One of the saddest SF books I have ever read.

    This is a book of short stories about the Bolo super tanks of the future. Almost without exception, their personalities are SO COOL. For me, they embody all that the best... and worst that the human race is capable of.

    One of the saddest stories is titled "A time to Kill". I see so much of our current world situation in this story. I am saddened that this future society is so... well, stupid is a good word. It's sad to see that the most human of characteristics is presented not so much by the human beings but by a Hyper-Heuristic super sentient... war machine.

    I really like the ending of this one since it implies that there may be hope for us the human race. The way the world is now causes me to have VERY SERIOUS DOUBTS that we'll even survive the next 100 years let alone several millennia in the future.

    I would recommend most of David Webbers work along with Keith Laumers work (original creator of the Bolo "world"). ALL of the other books about Bolos are terrific as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    Always Good

    This is an excellent book and brought together all the sub stories and was not a mix mash of short stories. Fans of the Bolo will enjoy.

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