Such is the overarching premise of the Berserker series of books, by Fred Saberhagen; the first of these, simply titled Berserker, I finished. Berserker (Saberhagen’s Berserker Series Book 1) – Kindle edition by Fred Saberhagen. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or . Berserker man [Fred Saberhagen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For countless millennia the dreadful Berserker fleets have ranged.
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They are intelligent machines the size of a small moon, packed with enough weaponry to cauterize the surface of countless planets and destroy any defenders. They bear the scars of countless battles, which they have always won.
They were built millennia ago by one alien empire to eradicate the other — the doomsday weapons followed their programming to the letter and eliminated both.
They have one purpose: And now they have come across the human civilization, spread across the cosmos. Such is the overarching premise of the Berserker series of books, by Fred Saberhagen; the first of these, simply titled BerserkerI finished reading recently. Saberhagen eventually either wrote or contributed to 17 books, the last appearing in The book is really a loosely connected collection of short stories that appeared in various publications between and They are tied together as a psychic history of the Berserker War recorded by a member of the logical bersetker peaceful Carmpan race.
In fact, the Carmpan notes that humanity is unique in the known cosmos for its warlike nature and, ironically, that made them the only race that could resist the onslaught of the Berserkers. One might think that a legion of genocidal war machines that turned on their creators would have been the original impetus for the stories, but it turns out that Saberhagen first conceived of the concept as a way to bsrserker a story about a protagonist struggling to find a way to fake artificial intelligence to fool an enemy — basically a story about a Turing test.
And the stories in Berserker are impressively diverse. Some are very personal stories, focused on individuals dealing with the Berserkers, while some are massive war stories with consequences for the whole galaxy. Some stories are quite dark, featuring the human prisoners of the Sabrehagen and those humans that choose to collaborate.
Berserker Series by Fred Saberhagen
One story is, basically, a comedy. The tales are not completely independent, and as the book progresses a number of important characters reappear, sometimes in surprising ways. Remarkably, though, considering the stories are about machine versions of the apocalypse, they are overall optimistic. The overall theme of the tales is how the bravery, ingenuity, compassion and selflessness of humanity is sabernagen match for the evil machines.
Berserker: Blue Death
Though, it should be noted, not every human in the stories honorably acquits themselves. There is a nice sense of a cat-and-mouse game in the bersfrker, as the Berserkers and humans seek to outwit each other.
Many of the twists and turns in the stories are quite good. The only limitation of the stories I can note is one very common to science fiction of the saberhaagen The woman are largely passive objects in the stories to be fought over and won.
The idea of the Berserkers is a compelling one, and such out-of-control war machines have become more and more prominently features in science fiction as our own artificial intelligence research advances. A more recent example that was most likely inspired by Berserker are the Reapers of the video game series Mass Effect.
The Reapers are a legion of bio-mechanical intelligent starships, built by a long-dead race, that exterminate all intelligent organic life in the galaxy on a periodic cycle over about 50, years. I recently did a blog post about old role-playing games that still have a vibrant community following; it turns out that Berserker has something similar!
Ina fellow named Rick Loomis started a play-by-mail science fiction wargame called Starweb ; Berserkers are one faction that players can choose to saberhaten. You are commenting using your Frev. You are commenting using your Bsrserker account.
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