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"Excerpt of the Month" - August 2012From: The Evolutionary Void - Peter F Hamilton
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"Are you ready?" ANA:Governance asked.
Kazimir gritted his teeth. "Do it."
As Kazimir had assured both Gore and Paula, the
deterrence fleet was no bluff. It represented the peak
of ANA's technological ability and was at least a
match for the ships of the warrior Raiel. However, he
did concede that calling it a fleet was a slight
The problem, inevitably, was who to trust with
such an enormous array of firepower. The more crew
involved, the greater the chance of misuse or leakage
to a faction. Ironically, the technology itself provided
the answer. It required only a single controlling
consciousness. ANA declined to assume command on
ethical grounds, refusing to ascend to essential
omnipotence. Therefore, the task always fell upon the
The forces within the base swarmed around him,
rushing in like a tidal wave, reading him at a
quantum level and then converting the memory.
Kazimir transformed: His purely phy