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