Once, mankind feared the berserkers, killer machines determined to eradicate all life in the universe. But the Berserker Wars are long over and the threat of the sentient doomsday has passed.
Or has it?
The Berserkers are back, stronger and more unstoppable than before. And one strange child, half human and half machine, may be humanity’s only hope—or its final destroyer.
Fred Thomas Saberhagen, a native of Chicago, Illinois, served with the U.S. Air Force then worked as an electronics technician and as an astronomy writer for the Encyclopedia Britannica. He began writing science fiction for Galaxy in 1961. His first novel, The Golden People, was published in 1964. He is most renowned for the Berserker® series of stories and novels. He lives with his wife, Joan Spicci, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"The Berserkers - in single-minded pursuit of their pre-programmed course of destruction, they attain a kind of perverse stature that makes them worthy of stand-ins for the dark side of human nature." ( The New York Times)
"Barrett Whitener captures Fred Saberhagen's humanity and emotion. His subtle narration carries each scene in crisp, breathy detail. Science fiction rarely gets better than this as we imagine what it's like to be alone among the stars." ( AudioFile)