Brother Assassin (Berserker #2)
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The book is broken up into three parts, a structure that is actually dictated by the conflict of the story, which involves triangulating berserker activity throughout history. The middle part was slow for many stretches, and my in ...more
Although not built out of short stories, the second entry in the Berserker saga (!) is still essentially constructed as such: three distinct sections of linear chronology - beginning with Neolithic, followed by Medieval, and ending with Renaissance - that could very well each constitute their own short story. Recurring characters (such as Derron our protagonist, a "Time Operative") appear throughout all three sections although Saberhagen's attempt at an emotional arc with the ...more
Fred Saberhagen wrote or co-wrote a series of seventeen books, some of them anthologies of short stories, about the Berserkers. These robotic killings machines arrive on the doorstep of human occupied space with the sole mission of destroying all intelligent life. Brother Assassin is the second of the novels and encompasses three linked novellas originally published 1967
Thanks to the unique properties of the planet Sirgol the Berserkers have mastered time travel and send back assassins to kill a...more