By Keith Laumer
Chronicles the background of the BOLO, a futuristic man-made computing device that symbolizes brute strength, defiance, and inflexible will and is answerable for protecting humanity opposed to an invading alien workforce.
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There would be no time for Durant and her staff to learn the job. Not that it seemed likely Wilson would make any good use of the Terran fighting machines. “Sorry,” he repeated. “Looks like I’m flunking out of Basic Diplomacy right and left. But it’s so damned frustrating to run into all these roadblocks. Those ten Bolos are more powerful than all the rest of the armed forces here and on Deseret put together . . html standstill if we gave him his head! Think of the lives those Bolos could save.
I am aware of these potential influences in battle, but have no method of weighing them scientifically. This is a failing I have been unable to rectify even after considerable field experience alongside humans, and may prove impossible to successfully resolve. Imponderables aside, I am forced to the conclusion that I and my fellow machines, represent the only possible shift in the balance. Perhaps this explains the lack of a tactical briefing. 4 percent at most) that we are being held back until the Enemy is fully committed to a course of action.
So I had to know. And I went to the shack where Frederick was still hard at work, the electron wrench like an extension of his own hand. He was smiling. “I think I’ve got our problem licked,” he said. “Have to field test, of course, but I do think that we might . . But you’ll have to give the Command, you know. You know all the recognition codes. ” And Frederick produced a black communications box, just like the one I used to keep clipped to my belt. I carried it to the side of the shack and opened the old Command channel, complete with recognition oscillation built in.