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Lafayette O'Leary, to his acute discomfiture, has an exhilarating and terrifying tendency to slip continua. And what might that mean?
It might mean finding oneself a gypsy with a ring in his ear at one moment, and then suddenly a crippled birdman unable to leave his nest because of the awkward loss of teleporting talent.
It might mean battling one's way back to the time stream where he started - only to find himself already there, lording it over the populace like a tyrant.
Unrivaled in the history of artillery and unsurpassed in its ability to reason, Bolo replaced man in that most human of endeavors: war.
In these scintillating tales of the ever-advancing Dinochrome Brigade, the most effective weapons ever devised ell their own story in action-packed chronicles of extra-terrestrial adventure.
Bolo: fighting in proud combat as monster saviors of their human creators.
Draftsmen can't fight dragons.
Then again, that's usually no problem - they generally don't have to. But Lafayette O'Leary does. When an accidental overdose of self-hypnosis wrenches him out of the dull (but safe) Mrs. MacGlint's Clean Rooms and Board and deposits him in the feudal, bedragoned world of Artesia, it takes him a little while to catch on, even with the attentions of the beautiful Princess Adoranne. Then he decides that he likes this new life of his - except for the part where he's supposed to get killed...
- Collected here for the first time in this massive omnibus collection are three novels and twenty-two short stories by multiple Hugo and Nebular Award nominated author, Keith Laumer. That’s more than nine hundred pages of top notch adventure science fiction. This book is jammed packed with some of Laumer’s best work including stories set in both the Retief and Bolo series. Laumer’s experience as an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the Foreign Service shines through in many of these stories. One of science fiction’s true luminaries. This is the largest collection of Laumer’s work ever assembled in one binding. If you enjoyed this book, you’ll want to search on “Positronic Publishing Super Pack” and check out all our other Super Packs! Included are:
- Worlds of the Imperium
- The King of the City
- The Frozen Planet
- Gambler’s World
- The Yillian Way
- The Madman from Earth
- Retief of the Red-Tape Mountain
- A Trace of Memory
- Aide Memoire
- Cultural Exchange
- The Desert and the Stars
- It Could Be Anything
- The Walls
- Saline Solution
- The Long Remembered Thunder
- A Hoax in Time
- End as a Hero
- The Star-Sent Knaves
- Mightiest Qorn
- The Night of the Trolls
- The Governor of Glave
However, the always-present possibility of capture and use of a Bolo by an enemy was a constant source of anxiety to military leaders and, in time, gave rise to the next and final major advance in Bolo technology: the self-directing and self-aware Mark XX Model B Bolo, Tremendous.
But what happens when a self-aware fighting machine decides to go rogue?
INTRODUCTION: KEITH LAUMER
THE FROZEN PLANET [Retief]
GAMBLER’S WORLD [Retief]
THE YILLIAN WAY [Retief]
THE MADMAN FROM EARTH [Retief]
RETIEF OF THE RED-TAPE MOUNTAIN [Retief]
AIDE MEMOIRE [Retief]
CULTURAL EXCHANGE [Retief]
THE DESERT AND THE STARS [Retief]
SALINE SOLUTION [Retief]
MIGHTIEST QORN [Retief]
THE GOVERNOR OF GLAVE [Retief]
THE KING OF THE CITY
THE LONG REMEMBERED THUNDER
THE NIGHT OF THE TROLLS [Bolo]
THE STAR-SENT KNAVES
IT COULD BE ANYTHING
A BAD DAY FOR VERMIN
END AS A HERO
A TRACE OF MEMORY [novel]
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THE CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE TERRESTRIENNE HAS NEVER SEEN HIS LIKE...
Retief - the most diplomatic diplomat of the 27th century.
His mission: to gain control of the most desirable planet in the universe - without triggering intergalactic war.
He tries talking ... but how does anyone - even Retief - negotiate with an uninhabited planet?
He tries a dice game ... but how does gambling help the solar peace organization prevent the malevolent Basurans (who've eaten their own planet) from turning to Terra's prize colony for an after-dinner snack?
The problems Retief faces are just beginning, but as insurmountable as they seem, the indomitable adventurer prevails - and keeps the state of the universe on an even keel!
THE DEMONS HAD TO STOP JOHN BRAVAIS
His secret assignment was simply - to save mankind from the savage dog-like 'things' that used their hands like men. Yet an unknown number of apparently 'human' beings were against him too.
First transformed by surgery into a superman, John Bravais probes ever more deeply into the secret nightmare world of the 'things'. At last, when only his mind remains - trapped in a vast robot war machine on the moon - only by an immense act of will-power can he give humanity a future.