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Worldmaster • (1965) • novelette
The Night of the Trolls • [Bolo] • (1963) • novella
Thunderhead • (1967) • novelette
End as a Hero • (1963) • novelette
207 pages
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Men in tough situations far in the future. It's their stubborn attention to duty that makes them carry on to victory. That doesn't always make for a happy ending for them, though.

Worldmaster (1965) is about an interesting balance of power that made more sense in the days of MAD.

The Night of the Trolls [Bolo] • (1963) is an old favorite. I think it was the first BOLO story I ever read. They don't figure as prominently here as in most, but it's hauntingly good. I wonder some about his decision. Ma
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Four short mediocre stories. In #1 the hero get command of the starship.
#2 The guy gets the girl.
#3 The hero and his helper freeze to death just as they defeat the aliens and his brother finally finds him after assuming he was lost for the last 21 years.
#4 The hero ends up at the beach.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 9, 2013

In my last review of a Laumer bk, Nine by Laumer ( ), also a short story bk, I quoted Harlan Ellison's introduction in wch he outlines Laumer's extensive military background. The stories in that collection reflect some military experience but not exclusively - the subject matter is more varied. In The Undefeated the 4 stories, wch are really more novellas broken into shor
Emmalyn Renato
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Yet another from my physical TBR pile. A collection of military science fiction short stories that were first published in the 1960's. They include 'Worldmaster' (where the prose felt like it would be quite at home in a second rate hard boiled detective novel) and 'The Night of the Trolls', the very first Bolo story (a creation that Laumer is well known for). The writing felt very dated to me now and the plots were a little over the top hence the lower rating.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Brian Greiner
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good adventure SF. Maybe not a 4, but 'Thunderhead' brings a tear to my eye every time I read it, so a 4 it is.
Classic Laumer, when he was at the height of his skill.
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John Keith Laumer 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).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his sa

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