Fred Saberhagen continues his Berserker Series(R), a chronicle of a war between humanity and the terrifying race of sentient machines bent on death and destruction. Pilot Harry Silver's name is know throughout the galaxy. While he has defeated his share of Berserkers, he has also stolen a powerful weapon from the Space Force, making him a fugitive from the life he once knew. Looking for an adventure Harry agrees to bring a passenger aboard his ship: Lily, a woman who is on a quest to retrieve her husband. It won't be easy, as Lily's husband has joined a secretive religious cult on Maracanda, an almost-planet lodged between a shifting black hole and a neutron star. While the landscape of Maracanda is treacherous, so too, may be the people around Harry Silver. For as the search for Lily's husband deepens, Harry finds himself investigating a larger mystery and looking for missing persons, almost ending up one himself. And, as always, there is the threat of death from above, in the path of a machine whose only intent is to kill.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 107.95 x 171.45 x 31.75mm | 172.37g
- 03 May 2004
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"Saberhagen has given science fiction one of its most powerful images of future war in his Berserker Series."--"Publishers Weekly""The Berserkers, in their single-minded pursuit of their preprogrammed course of destruction, attain a kind of perverse stature that makes them worthy stand-ins for the dark side of human nature."--"The New York Times""The Berserker stories are war stories, but war stories in the tradition of "The Red Badge of Courage" and "All Quiet on the Western Front"."--"The Baltimore Evening Sun""These homicidal robots manage to make Aliens look like wimps."--"Science Fiction Age"