Uncovering the truth will require more than a touch of finesse while exposing the secrets of several local families. All of this would have made for a strong novel, but Linda Castillo really shines in her depiction of the personal crisis faced by Kate Burkholder and her lover, John Tomasetti. For six books, readers have watched the relationship between these two colleagues blossom and grow — not always without some pain and compromise.
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In After the Storm , Castillo once again puts them through the ringer and as a result, readers will feel every emotion that Kate and John do. Being invested in the happiness of long-standing couples is something that is unique to readers of series books. For obvious reasons, I am not going to say what the crisis is, but know that these challenges present quite the roller-coaster ride for our favorite team and a satisfactory outcome is anything but certain.
Storms as metaphor are nothing new in literature, but Castillo uses the trope to her best advantage. Beginning with the Mark XX, Bolos are equipped with a psychotronic brain which gives them artificial intelligence. This is accomplished by separating main processing from personality. The two are integrated enabling the Bolo to come into possession of its full faculties only when battle preconditions are met, such as the approach of an enemy or the order of a human officer. In later models, added redundancy reduces the likelihood of insanity and the restriction is relaxed to enhance intelligence.
As a final safeguard, Bolos are equipped with a Total Systems Override Program nicknamed Omega Worm which erases the Bolo's software, rendering it brain-dead. This is triggered if a Bolo refuses an authorized order or if executed by a human operator. The cognitive inhibitions are completely removed after a review of the combat performance, at the Battle of Santa Cruz c. Nike' s performance demonstrates the capabilities and reliability of fully autonomous psychotronics.
Nike herself dies by Omega Worm as a result of refusing to obey an officer who is a traitor. This leads to a revision of the parameters for execution of Omega Worm in later model Bolos. Beginning with the Mark XXV models, Bolos become completely autonomous, capable of full self-direction in all situations. However, it is found that the intuitive capabilities of human commanders working in conjunction with intelligent Bolos increases the effectiveness of the units and so, with some exceptions, human commanders continue to be assigned to, fight with and if necessary, die with their Bolos.
This partnership is further enhanced with the introduction of the Mark XXXII which pioneers a neural interface which allows the Bolo and its human commander to mentally merge human intuition and Bolo processing speed. Most later mark Bolos have several processing centers, the main core, the personality center, the damage control core in later models and the survival center.
Some Bolos are given a secondary main core; however, this was not typical. Of these, the survival center is the most heavily protected. In the event of the destruction of the Bolo, the survival center is designed to protect the Bolo's core personality and programming for later retrieval and reactivation.
Each Bolo contains several computer "cores" with different functions, each of which contains multiple fully functional duplicates in case of failure.
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If a Bolo's logic becomes dysfunctional enough, it regresses to the original Resartus protocol , which is embedded in all self-aware models just for such a case. A key factor in Bolo psychotronic design is the need to address public and military concern over the potential catastrophe which could be unleashed in the event of a Bolo disobeying orders or being suborned. To mitigate this, a number of safeguards are included in the psychotronic design—specifically a focus on loyalty, honour and a strong sense of duty, as well as a restriction on the level of awareness and processing power made available to the Bolo outside of combat.
These safeguards often combine with the prejudices of ranking officers to cause the unnecessary destruction of a Bolo during combat. On several occasions obsolete Bolos go rogue, causing significant destruction, loss of life and bad publicity for the Dinochrome Brigade : as a result, a special unit was set up to find all such units and burn out their control centers.
On several occasions, Bolos have turned against their commanders during combat: in Bolo! Although it is revealed at the end that Unit LNC had received battle damage that almost destroyed his personality center causing it to lose the IFF capability. Bolos and their human commanders are assigned to an elite Concordiat unit called the "Dinochrome Brigade", which traces its lineage back to various units on Earth. Individual Bolos are generally identified by a three-letter prefix which is generally extrapolated into a given name —this name is generally used as the default access code for a new commander.
Often, Bolos on garrison duty are described as older surplus or reserve units on loan, in which case their three-letter prefix is changed to "SOL". Bolos are generally deployed in groups to provide fire support, though individual units are occasionally detached to perform garrison duty—later marks of Bolo are considered to be so capable that a single unit can be assigned to guard an entire planet, even during periods when a human commander is not available. When deployed by the Dinochrome Brigade for major combat operations, Bolos usually serve with "Planetary Siege Regiments. Laumer included a history of the Bolo as an appendix to one of his books.
The Mark I is described as conventional large tonne tank equipped with various servos and mechanical devices to reduce crew requirements.
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It is developed around the year by the fictional Bolo Division of General Motors. By the tonne Mark III it has AI allowing limited independent action and is powered by "ionic" batteries able to support combat-level activity for up to ten years and enabling operation even when fully submerged. The AI increases until the incorporation of Psychotronic circuitry in the Mark XX leads to Bolos becoming self-aware and capable of fully independent operation.
As humanity spreads beyond Earth, Bolos are used to protect first the Empire , and then the Concordiat of Man. For millennia, each successive mark of Bolo proves to be the lynchpin of humanity's ground-based defenses, especially in the numerous and protracted wars against various aliens, most notably the Deng and the Melconians in the 30th century. Bolos are also used in smaller scale raids, skirmishes and internal conflicts between warring human parties.
Following the genocide of the "Final War" with the Melconians , surviving Bolos are described as crucial in sheltering and protecting the few scattered remnants of humanity during the long slow process of rebuilding. A number of seed corn colonies survive the genocide policies carried out by both sides and go on to produce new models of Bolo: these are even larger in size, design and capabilities.
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Bolos appear in these books by Keith Laumer and others; almost all published by Baen Books :. The Bolo stories inspired the board game Ogre , whose creators originally intended to license the stories.
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