- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Baen (March 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671698796
- ISBN-13: 978-0671698799
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Compleat Bolo Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2004
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o A Short History of the Bolo Fighting Machines (intro)
o The Night of the Trolls
o Courier (aka The Frozen Planet)
o Field Test
o The Last Command
o A Relic of War
o Combat Unit
Combat Unit, written in 1960, was Laumer's first Bolo story. The Night of the Trolls is from 1968. The Last Command: 1971. A Relic of War: 1972. Field Test: Mar 1976. Don't let the 1990 date of Compleat Bolo fool you, these stories have been out for a while. However, that is not to say they are not worth reading if you haven't read them, They are considered classics and are the originals by Laumer. This is just to let those that follow the Bolo series that they may have already read some or all of these stories.
If you don't already know, the Bolo stories are of computer-controlled, extremely armored and weaponed tanks (think of the tanks in beginning of the movie `The Terminator') that typically act with a strong sense of integrity and honor. In a sense it is like mechanized human engineering since these tanks are programmed with these qualities, but nevertheless the Bolo's are at times, if not always, to be admired for their actions. To be fair to us human beings, it's easier to be a bad-ass when you're surrounded by several tons of steel and quite formidable fire power.
I suppose the Bolo series would fall under the category of Military science fiction, which is considered a contentious issue in the present day Speculative Fiction `cutting-edge' world.Read more ›
Each of these tales depicts a Bolo that is either severely handicapped or hopelessly outnumbered. Most are sentient, although a few stories deal with earlier pre-sentient models. Each story stands on its own and can be read easily without need of prior Bolo knowledge.
At their hearts, they are tales of selflessness, loyalty, and duty. You'll have to keep reminding yourself that the main character is a tank.
Artificial intelligence, coupled with irresistable force . . . A noble, multi-PhD-level entity that is not a two-arms, two-legs "classical-style" robot is a suprisingly engaging idea. These beings have 4 sets of treads,2 megaton per second firepower,and armor that can withstand a nuclear explosion 50yds away.
Anyone who has an issue with "military scifi" has an issue with scifi in general. As long as humans are human, there will always be those who will stop at nothing to impose their ideas on everyone else by force, from street thugs all the way to Evil Interstellar Empires. Warp drive and colonization of other star systems is just going to export the same old crap out into a bigger playing field. There is no inherent moral cleansing associated with space travel; it will become just another means to an end, and part of humanity's story out there will be military. The idea of the evil that men do taking place on such a vastly magnified scale is a hideous contemplation that has given any true scifi buff (military or otherwise) a shiver or two. The bad guys have the shortcuts and hyperfocus of evil on their side - the rest of us have the Bolos!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't get me wrong...I love Keith Laurmer and his Bolo's...but the "Compleat Bolo" is a joke. I had every story in two other books. Waste of money.Published 5 months ago by Robert E. Malone
I bought this book years ago, and it sold me on the Bolos for life. It features a number of stories by Keith Laumer, the originator of the Bolos. Read morePublished 11 months ago by warlord
This is the beginning of how Bolo Tanks- started in 1995 with the Mark 1- and ending in the year 4200 of the development of self aware battle tanks. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Larry
This arrived in much better condition than I expected. As this is a true treasure from my past, I was very glad to get such a nice copy.Published on November 25, 2012 by SteveH
I've always enjoyed Keith Laumer, especially his Retief series.
I got hooked on the Bolo short stories a couple of decades ago. Read more
This book is a must for fans of classic Sci-Fi
I've read it several times and continue to enjoy the stories
These stories launched the rest of the series and a multitude... Read more
I remembered these from when I was a teenager as great stories. I've changed a lot. These stories are okay for a young reader but if you know good writing when you see it, it's... Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by Jack Of Alltrades