The World of Drei Series

Terror Tree TWOD

 

This is a series of short stories and novelettes set in my World of Drei setting about The Last War; the war to end all wars. Inspired by Keith Laumer’s Bolo series, the story is set much closer to now, and it’s my take on artificial super intelligence’s and their impact on what it changes the nature of war.

Currently this series has three stories. The first is called, Terror Tree, the second, Mission One, and the latest is Regroup.

War is the father of us all, king of all. Some it makes gods, some it makes men, some it makes slaves, some free.

Heraclitis

 

Terror Tree: World of Drei – Book One

 

Imagine a future where humans face Artificial Intelligence systems controlling the machines of war.

This is a science fiction short story that asks the question: What if this goes on?

Includes chapter one of the forthcoming novel Bad Dog.

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Mission One: World of Drei – Book Two

 

Sergeant Sergei Rozhkov chose to face adversity with stoicism. He was Russian and held to a simple truth that everyone dies in the end.

Besides, there was always vodka if things went really bad.

Rozhkov had lost good people in the war. But, he didn’t think that the war could get any worse than it already was.

Now, faced with a tank controlled by an artificial intelligence, Sergeant Rozhkov learns that life holds frightening surprises.

Mission One is the exciting sequel to Terror Tree, the military science fiction story in The World of Drei series that asks, how will humans survive on the cyber-battlefield of tomorrow?

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Regroup: World of Drei – Book Three

 

Sergeant Alisa Volkova was having a bad day. A very bad day. An enemy cybertank had blown her truck over when it attacked the command post.

It could be worse, she could be dead. Her life would be a lot easier if she were dead.
Volkova now not only has to save herself, but also save her wounded commander.

Just to make life worse, she finds herself trapped behind enemy lines, facing the worst winter in Russia’s long history of bad winters.

Regroup is the next exciting sequel in The World of Drei series, following on from Terror Tree, and Mission One.

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Ashley R Pollard
London, UK
December 2017
Reviews

Very interesting. The character is an AI. Looking forward to more from Ashley. She is a very talented writer and story teller.

This excerpt has done nothing other than whet my appetite for the rest of the book when it comes out. I was given a copy to review. I must say it was a quick and engaging read. Very enjoyable.

I really enjoyed this short story, the writer was able to bring the cold logical voice of the AI into the narrative and tell a story in the first person, which is no mean feat.

the reader is left wondering about the back story of this conflict as we only see it from the tanks perspective as it returns to combat, learning more and more on each occasion.

the first chapter of the next book, that is included has also wet my appetite and I’m looking forward to finding out more about this universe

An interesting POV take on where the future of AI driven armoured combat could go.

Particularly apposite with the recent news that Russia’s military has a new armed robot tank (the Nerehta, which can be fitted with a 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun or an AG-30M grenade launcher) that outperformed manned vehicles in recent exercises, Colonel Oleg Pomazuev told the Russian news site Military Review, as well as Russia’s taking a hard-line on the United Nations’ proposed ban of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS).

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Bad Dog: Gate Walkers Book One

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You will die like a dog for no good reason.

— Ernest Hemingway

Story Summary

 

In 2071, Sergeant Tachikoma leads a Marine combat armor squad. She knows the Corps never promised her a rose garden, only the chance to fight for her country.

Now, she faces her greatest challenge, two terrifying alien pillars that trapped her into reliving the same day again. The day she dies.

Today, she needs every ounce of courage to save her people from annihilation.

Based on cutting-edge theories on the nature of the universe, this white knuckle military SF thriller contains drama and mystery.

“This story is great, with a very firm grasp of the Marine Corps lifestyle.”


— Sgt D. Barrow, USMC

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More About The Story

 

I ended up writing a military SF story as my debut novel quite by happenstance. I was writing another story, just before Christmas 2012, when a phrase popped into my head, It’s all Big Dog’s fault that I died yesterday under a mountain in Afghanistan. I wrote the phrase down, and put it to one-side, so I could carry on with my other novel.

My good intentions didn’t go as planned.

The ideas encapsulated in that sentence wouldn’t leave me alone. It kept nagging at me. The idea literally forced me to start writing a new novel, driving me to run with the random phrase, morphing more and more ideas, until I ended up with creating the Bad Dog novel you are reading now.

But one thing became obvious, I wanted to write a story where the concerns of the character are driven by their desire to do their duty, and that her solutions came from military doctrine. The scope of the problem in this story is very much about tactics, but tactics are driven by doctrine and what is called the OODA loop: observe, orient, decide, and act. The decision cycle was developed by the military strategist Colonel John Boyd of the United States Air Force. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, and the Unites States Marine Corps took his ideas to produce their book on doctrine called, Warfighting, that I talk about in this novel.

For those of you interested in the science behind Bad Dog you’ll all have to thank Professor Max Tegmark, for his ideas about us all living in a mathematical based multiverse, and Professor’t Hooft for developing the idea about living in a holographic universe. Both of these men were the inspiration behind the pillars and how they work. Any mistakes in the physics are of course attributable only to me.

Ashley R Pollard

London, UK

January 2018

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