Bolos: Their Finest Hour

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The Best of the Bolo Stories, Including Stories by David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, S.M. Stirling and More.
Military Science Fiction at Its Best.

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 ...

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Overview

The Best of the Bolo Stories, Including Stories by David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, S.M. Stirling and More.
Military Science Fiction at Its Best.

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.

Created by Keith Laumer, the saga of the Bolos has been extended by several of the best writers in science fiction. Now, the best stories of the saga are collected in one Omni-Trade volume, including work by New York Times best-selling writers David Weber, Mercedes Lackey and S. M. Stirling, military science fiction grand master David Drake, and Laumer himself, who recount the exploits of the dauntless Bolos in Their Finest Hour.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439133750
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 966,542
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Laumer was a Captain in the US Air Force and later an officer in the Diplomatic Corps, serving all over the world, giving him a solid background both for his fast-moving adventure stories and his satirical comedies of Retief, the galaxy’s only two-fisted diplomat. His other popular creation was the Bolo—gigantic tanks controlled by artificial intelligences, fighting to protect mankind against both alien and human enemies. He was known as one of the top writers of SF adventure.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    always entertaining.

    The Bolos books are always a good read for any fan of technology based science fiction and this one does not disappoint. Lots of action in a series of well written short stories.
    In a market that seems flooded with 'supernatural' based fiction, it is nice to find a good hard core science fiction book still exists.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    All eleven entertaining entries are reprints of previously published tales

    All eleven entertaining entries are reprints of previously published tales. Three were written by the Bolo creator Keith Laumer in the 1960s ("Combat Unit", "The Last Command" and "A Relic of War"); the remaining eight were authored by several famous writers in the 1990s. Regardless of whether Mr. Laumer, David Weber ("A Brief Technical History of the Bolos" written as Professor Hermes of the Laumer Chair of Military History, "A Time to Kill" and "The Traitor" ), S. M. Sterling ("Lost Legion") or David Drake ("As Our Strength Lessens"), etc. writr the story each entry contains the basic BOLO makeup and theme of a nonhuman lone wolf willing to risk death to achieve the victory. In fact Bolos typically pay a hell of a price in these dark science fiction short stories. The fun in this collection is to compare the 1990s contributors like those named above and Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon, Linda Evans and William H. Keith, Jr. to those of Mr. Laumer. Mr. Weber's introduction treatise rounds out a fine collection obviously for fans of the Bolo universe; as these readers will appreciate the lone wolf in space risking life and limb knowing what will happen to them but doing it anyway.

    Harriet Klausner

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