In the cold reaches of space, the berserkers seize a floating laboratory full of human germ-plasm stored for a future colonization project. There are millions of nascent human liveswhy are the berserkers not destroying them?
About the Author
Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) was a native of Chicago, Illinois who served with the U.S. Air Force then worked as an electronics technician and as an astronomy writer for the Encyclopedia Britannica. He began writing science fiction for Galaxy in 1961. He is most well-known for the Berserker series of stories and novels as well as the Book of Swords series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Berserker book was quite good. The story kept me going the whole time, it was a real pageturner. This has to be my favorite Berserker novel so far, and I wish there was a part two!The story is a huge berserker ship comes out of a nebula after travelling through it for thousands of years without contact with other berserkers. It captures two humans aboard a scout ship and learns of a nearby Earth Descended Human settlement that has a special space station¿a colony ship with almost a billion human zygotes and the technology to grow them when needed. The berserker heads there, captures the station along with a few people stuck on board, and is pursued by a human fleet on its way back into the nebula. The fleet is pretty much decimated and the few survivors end up as prisoners on the space station as well. Three centuries pass and everyone pretty much forgot about the big berserker when a small fleet of berserkers raid the same planet and drop everything when they find a recorded account of the raid 300 years ago. They pursue the ship into the nebula with another human fleet right behind them. When the newly arrived berserkers attack the giant one, people begin to suspect something is amiss. It turns out that the large ¿berserker¿ is the last colony ship of The Builders, the ancient, thought-to-be-extinct race that built the berserkers in the first place. Their ship contained the last embryos and genetic material of their race and the ship¿s computers needed the hardware from the human space station (their stuff was destroyed and couldn¿t be rebuilt) to rebuild their race. And that¿s pretty much where the book ended! Arg! I so wanted to read more about this storyline!