This short story was the author's first published work of fiction in 1991. It has been presented in its original form with minimal editing.
A young soldier must work with an alien. Not an extraterrestrial, but one of our own making; an Autonomous Combat Vehicle with such sophisticated AI and Expert Systems that it blurs the line between machine intelligence and sentience. It is powerful, self-teaching, self-directed and in the absence of specific orders it makes its own decisions… But when it comes down to life and death, which of them is really the killing machine?
Approx. 3300 words
Contains strong language and violence
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About the Author
Michael Tinker Pearce makes knives and swords in the style of the European Middle Ages and Viking Era. He is a veteran of the United States Army and is a former police officer. He has written extensively on the subjects of swords and Historic European Martial Arts as well as on automobiles, firearms and politics. He is the author of 'The Medieval Sword in the Modern World,' and co-author with his wife Linda of 'Diaries of a Dwarven Rifleman' and the Foreworld Saga novella 'The Shield Maiden.' He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and co-author Linda and there numerous cats and dogs (primarily rescues)