Brother Berserker.

By: Saberhagen, Fred

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SF novel. Issued as a Ballantine paperback original in the US as BROTHER ASSASSIN (1969). Second book of the Berserker series.

''he began publishing sf with ''Volume PAA-PYX'' for Galaxy in February 1961, and was active from that date, soon releasing the first of his many novels, The Golden People (1964), a Space Opera involving Psi Powers. As an sf author, he became known - and remains best remembered - for the Berserker series of stories and novels, the first several of which are the strongest: Berserker (coll of linked stories 1967), which includes the first, roughly told but memorable story in the sequence, ''Fortress Ship'' (January 1963 If; vt ''Without a Thought'' in Berserker); Brother Assassin (1969; vt BROTHER BERSERKER 1969); Berserker's Planet (1975); Berserker Man (1979), perhaps the best of the lot, and The Ultimate Enemy (collection 1979) Later volumes, beginning with The Berserker Wars (collection 1981), which repeats some stories from the 1967 collection, and ending with Rogue Berserker (2005), perhaps inevitably weakened the impact of the initial premise. Berserkers are interstellar killing machines, massive AI-controlled Spaceships programmed to eliminate all forms of life from the universe; they sometimes manifest in smaller Robot form. The sequence focused on sophisticated examinations of the Man-Machine conflict so often addressed by sf writers since the first days of space opera, but in Saberhagen's deft modernization of the hoary but useful Alien-monster theme the unrelenting Berserkers seem almost tangibly chill with the unlivingness of the Universe, and soon became a significant Icon of Genre SF, where an underlying theme of the sequence - that humans thrive on challenge, and that the Berserker threat has stimulated progress - tends to be foregrounded'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of sF, 3rd Edition).

Title: Brother Berserker.

Author Name: Saberhagen, Fred

Categories: Other,

Edition: First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Macdonald: London.: 1969.

ISBN Number: 0356026086

ISBN Number 13: 9780356026084

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Top of page edges lightly spotted, else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket.

Seller ID: 09940