Berserker's Star by Fred Saberhagen

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Independent pilot and sometime berserker hunter Harry Silver is being hounded by the Space Force on suspicion of possession of an illegal, high-powered weapon. To avoid confiscation of his beloved ship the Witch, Harry agrees to a quick evacuation of a trio of refugees from the doomed Hong’s World. Destination – Maracanda, an azlaroc-type body, a curious non-planet where geography seems more like geometry and the soil itself can be a drug. Maracanda’s geography has the attention of berserkers, rogue killer machines programmed to destroy all life, especially human life. With help from ‘goodlife’, the berserkers could turn the strange combination of neutron star, black hole and Maracanda’s extra-ordinary geography into massive galactic destruction. Harry teams with a woman disenchanted with her fanatical husband and an accidentally helpful smuggler acquaintance in an attempt to save the galaxy.
A grand military space story with engaging characters and a strikingly original and imaginative setting.
 

About Fred Saberhagen

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In addition to the popular Dracula Series, Fred Saberhagen is the author of the popular Berserker (tm) Series and the bestselling Lost Swords and Book of Lost Swords. Fred Saberhagen lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Published October 23, 2011 by JSS Literary Productions. 308 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An addition to Saberhagen's long-standing series about the berserkers (Berserker Kill, 1993, etc.), smart machines whose programming directs them to roam the galaxy seeking out and destroying organic life--and especially ``badlife,'' those beings who attempt to resist extermination.

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With a nearby sun exploding, the million humans on Hong’s World are being evacuated by Space Force when young Lily Gunnlod approaches Harry Silver to carry her to the planet Maracanda to help recover her husband, Alan, kidnapped—she says—by religious fanatics.

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The ninth book in Saberhagen's Berserker series (Berserker Fury , etc.) concerns yet another attempt by humanity to survive the life-destroying machines of an ancient race.

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Emerging from the depths of the Mavronari Nebula, a berserker ship takes human prisoners, steals a research station orbiting the nearby planetoid Imatra--which carries a billion stored human zygotes intended for a colonization effort--and heads back to its Mavronari hideout, leaving Imatrans myst...

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The deadly struggle between the human Solarians and the berserkers, robot war machines dedicated to the extermination of organic life, continues in this disappointing entry in Saberhagen's far-future saga of interstellar warfare (Berserker Kill, etc.).

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In this plodding entry in veteran Saberhagen's Berserker series (Berserker's Planet, etc.), Harry Silver, whose main claims to fame are his oversized weaponry and his love of poetry, has a cargo of parts to sell.

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With that backdrop, Lily Gunnlod asks renowned or notorious (depending on one's perspective) pilot Harry Silver to take her to Maracanda, a planet residing amidst a neutron star and a black hole.

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