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Extra info for A Talent For War (Alex Benedict, Book 1)
Don't you know anything about us? Can't you help me? " said the computer. Rod angrily threw the empty plate and glass on the floor of the temple. Robot arms flicked out and pulled them into the trash bin. He stared at the old polished metal of the computer. It ought to be polished. He had spent hundreds of hours polishing its case, all sixty-one panels of it, just because the machine was something which he could love. "Don't you know me? " "You are Rod McBan the hundred and fifty-first. Specifically, you are a spinal column with a small bone box at one end, the head, and with reproductive equipment at the other end.
I didn't hear any warning," said Rod. " "I was not coded to it. " "Overridden," said the computer. " said Rod, "you've gone logical again, computer! " The computer voice did not change its tone. It could not. The sequence of the words held a reproach, however. "This is not an imaginary situation. I am a war computer, and I was designed to include economic warfare. " "How long would we need? Two hundred years? " The computer could not laugh, but it could pause. It paused. "I have just checked the time on the New Melbourne Exchange.
Commission . . buy ... sell ... buy . . buy . . buy . . buy . . deposit title! deposit title! deposit title! The process of buying Earth had begun. By the time that the first pretty parts of silver grey dawn had begun, it was done. Rod was dizzy with fatigue and confusion. "Go home and sleep," said the computer. "When people find out what you have done with me, many of them will probably be excited and will wish to talk to you at great length. " THE EYE UPON THE SPARROW Drunk with fatigue, Rod stumbled across his own land back to his cabin.
A Talent For War (Alex Benedict, Book 1) by Jack McDevitt