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* RedplicaBaron: In the short story "Wings out of Shadow" (1974), a personality construct of Manfred von Richthofen, together with other World War I flying ace constructs, plays a pivotal role in a defensive withdrawal while pursued by a numerically superior force.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Carmpans. They are ultimately benevolent pacifists, but they just don't think like humans do, and communicating with them proves to be very cryptic and frustrating.


Not to be confused with [[TheBerserker crazy bloodthirsty norsemen]] or [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warriors of Khorne]], or [[Wrestling/JohnNord the wrestler the Berzerker]], Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Berserker'' series is a collection of short stories, novels, and collaborations with other writers dealing with city-sized, spacefaring robots intent on destroying all life in the galaxy. The Berserkers themselves are relics of an ancient war between two now-extinct alien species.

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Not to be confused with [[TheBerserker crazy bloodthirsty norsemen]] or [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} [[{{Franchise/Warhammer}} Warriors of Khorne]], or [[Wrestling/JohnNord the wrestler the Berzerker]], Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Berserker'' series is a collection of short stories, novels, and collaborations with other writers dealing with city-sized, spacefaring robots intent on destroying all life in the galaxy. The Berserkers themselves are relics of an ancient war between two now-extinct alien species.


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* LesCollaborateurs: Being what the omnicidal machines call "goodlife" is universally treated as a capital crime. For good reason.



* LesCollaborateurs: Being what the omnicidal machines call "goodlife" is universally treated as a capital crime. For good reason.


* FoodChainOfEvil: RogerZelazny's short story ''Itself Surprised'' is about the discovery of "Qwib-qwib" [[spoiler:-- a deactivated anti-Berserker Berserker invented by the Red Race shortly before their demise]].

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* FoodChainOfEvil: RogerZelazny's Creator/RogerZelazny's short story ''Itself Surprised'' is about the discovery of "Qwib-qwib" [[spoiler:-- a deactivated anti-Berserker Berserker invented by the Red Race shortly before their demise]].

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* SeadogPegLeg: ''Blue Death'', space captain Nils Domingo loses his leg leading a BoardingParty against the Berserkers about halfway through the book. [[{{Homage}} Much like Captain Ahab]], he has a prosthetic made from Berserker steel.


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** The stories frequently reflect on the fact that often combat is actually between the Berserker and the computers on the human ships, making a deliberate contrast between the two.



* WetwareCPU: Some of the stories had the killing machines attempt to use organic brains to introduce more fuzzy logic into their tactical computers.

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* WetwareCPU: Some of the stories had the killing machines attempt to use organic brains to introduce more fuzzy logic into their tactical computers. Later stories say that human-computer fusions usually outperform the Berserkers, which sometimes helps cover for the relative weakness of human ships.


** ''Berserker Fury'' is a space version of the Battle of Midway. Painfully the same as the RealLife battle, except IN SPACE! (And the future. [[UnfortunateImplications With the A.I. Berserkers who want to destroy all life as the Japanese]].)

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** ''Berserker Fury'' is a space version of the Battle of Midway. Painfully the same as the RealLife battle, except IN SPACE! (And the future. [[UnfortunateImplications With the A.I. Berserkers who want to destroy all life as the Japanese]].Japanese.)

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* ExtraDimensionalShortcut: "Flightspace" is some sort of other plane or space which consists of force currents flowing through the galaxy, between and amongst the stars, which ships enter to reach superluminal speeds.


** "Stone Place" is the BattleOfLepanto IN SPACE! Berserkers are Ottoman Turks.

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** "Stone Place" is the BattleOfLepanto UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto IN SPACE! Berserkers are Ottoman Turks.





* ExactWords: A historian is forced to load Berserker fighters with human engrams that will serve as decoys for the Berserker-piloted craft. When questioned whether the engrams are warlike, he points to one who was turned away from the military for being half blind, another who was a mild-mannered poet, and a third who did serve in the army as a behind-the-scenes supply officer. Turns out he's talking about [[spoiler:[[AcePilot WWI flying aces]] Mick Mannock, Albert Ball and [[RedBaron Manfred von Richthofen.]]]]

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* ExactWords: A historian is forced to load Berserker fighters with human engrams that will serve as decoys for the Berserker-piloted craft. When questioned whether the engrams are warlike, he points to one who was turned away from the military for being half blind, another who was a mild-mannered poet, and a third who did serve in the army as a behind-the-scenes supply officer. Turns out he's talking about [[spoiler:[[AcePilot WWI flying aces]] Mick Mannock, Albert Ball and [[RedBaron Manfred von Richthofen.]]]]Richthofen]].]]



* HumansByAnyOtherName: All sapient life forms are called Human. Homo Sapiens is called the E.D., or Earth Descended "theme" of humanity. (Non-human Earthlife is also referred to as E.D. lifeforms.)

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* HumansByAnyOtherName: All sapient life forms are called Human. Homo Sapiens is called the E.D., or Earth Descended "theme" of humanity. (Non-human humanity (non-human Earthlife is also referred to as E.D. lifeforms.)lifeforms).



** "Stone Place" is the Battle of Lepanto IN SPACE! Berserkers are Ottoman Turks.

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** Fabulously turned on its head with Creator/LarryNiven's "A Teardrop Falls" - [[spoiler: the human-in-a-computer protagonist uploads himself into a Berserker, taking over two of the three redundant "brains," keeping the third Berserker brain around for reference. Now that he has a majority interest in the decision-making, he can make the Berserker do what he wants while it has no choice in the matter.]]

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** Fabulously turned on its head with Creator/LarryNiven's "A Teardrop Falls" - [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the human-in-a-computer protagonist uploads himself into a Berserker, taking over two of the three redundant "brains," keeping the third Berserker brain around for reference. Now that he has a majority interest in the decision-making, he can make the Berserker do what he wants while it has no choice in the matter.]]


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Not to be confused with [[TheBerserker crazy bloodthirsty norsemen]] or [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Warriors of Khorne]], or [[Wrestling/JohnNord the wrestler the Berzerker]], Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Berserker'' series is a collection of short stories, novels, and collaborations with other writers dealing with city-sized, spacefaring robots intent on destroying all life in the galaxy. The Berserkers themselves are relics of an ancient war between two now-extinct alien species.

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Not to be confused with [[TheBerserker crazy bloodthirsty norsemen]] or [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warriors of Khorne]], or [[Wrestling/JohnNord the wrestler the Berzerker]], Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Berserker'' series is a collection of short stories, novels, and collaborations with other writers dealing with city-sized, spacefaring robots intent on destroying all life in the galaxy. The Berserkers themselves are relics of an ancient war between two now-extinct alien species.

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