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Last Stand: Bolos 4 (Bolo #7)

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Controlled by their tireless electronic brains which were programmed to admit no possibility of defeat, the gigantic robot tanks known as Bolos were almost indestructible, and nearly unstoppable. Almost. Nearly. A sufficiently determined enemy armed with nearly limitless firepower and willing to sustain terrible losses could destroy a Bolo. But even a terminally damaged Bo ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Baen Books (first published February 1st 1997)
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Bolos are huge self-aware robotic battle tanks/mobile fortresses. Throughout a very long history of wars and conflicts, they have served humanity selflessly.

After Laumer’s death, Baen thought to resurrect the Bolos with a series of anthologies featureing a variety of authors. There is some excellent, some good, and some less good, but the overall quality is surprisingly high. It is military SciFi in a very pure form, and many will probably be put off by this. I have read the first four books:

I was satisfied with my reading of this short story collection. Given that I had read it in rapid succession with other Bolo stories, I could say that I was getting tired of reading short stories about super powerful, super intelligent tanks and the people that they protect and interact with, but I wasn't. This book was just as enjoyable as the previous books in the series.
Stories by S. M. Stirling, David Weber (2), John Mina and William Forstchen, Robert Greenberger, William Keith, Todd Johnson, Steve Perry and John DeCamp, Mark Thies, Linda Evans.
Another collection about Bolos by writers other than Laumer, who invented them. I thought this collection had several really strong stories in it.
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John Keith Laumer (9 June 1925–23 January 1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

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