February 25th, 2015


Big Boys Don't Cry, by Tom Kratman

A Bolo Ogre Ratha sees its life flash before its eyes, and is not happy.

Big Boys Don't Cry

Castalia House, 2014, 76 pages

Big Boys Don't Cry is a novella from military science fiction author Tom Kratman, best known for A Desert Called Peace and his Carrera series. The story follows the life cycle of a Ratha, a sentient future supertank that dutifully fights Man's battles on dozens of alien worlds. But will the massive creature still be grateful to its creators when it discovers it has a conscience? And how long will an intelligent war machine with enough firepower to flatten a city be content to remain Man's obedient slave?

You can ignore the unsubtle political jabs if you just like stories about big-ass cybertanks.

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