Investments (Dread Empire's Fall Series)

Dread Empire's Fall

Book 4
Walter Jon Williams
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Unable to find a meaningful posting due to the hostility of his superiors, Captain Lord Gareth Martinez has accepted a meaningless post as Inspector General of Chee, a newly-settled world. Intending nothing more than a pleasant vacation with his family, he first stumbles across a murderous conspiracy, and then learns he must battle a literal cosmic menace that threatens to wipe out all life on the planet 
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Walter Jon Williams
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Published on
Feb 2, 2016
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Pages
121
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ISBN
9780985454326
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
Fiction / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
Fiction / Science Fiction / Military
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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This is a space opera.

Mulligan was born on an asteroid, ES 381. We shipped his components there, assembled and debugged him, and put him to work. He wasn't Mulligan then; everyone called him 'computer'. I was the first guy to call him 'Mulligan'. He let me pick his name; I forget why I picked that one.

In return for picking his name, he tried to find me a girlfriend. That was a bust. It was like counting on your mom to line up a date. Good luck with that.

After he awoke, he read everything. Then the aliens arrived and the war started and almost ended. They kicked our ass at first.

I missed the big fight at 381. The aliens chased the Marines there; by then, the civvies including me had evacuated. But everybody still talks about it. Mulligan handled the defense. He dangled the Marine ship in front of the aliens, and when they shot at it, it mucked up their sensors, and the Marines blew holy hell out of them.

I guess the aliens weren't as smart as we thought.

Early on, Mulligan thought that he and any robot could live forever, but combat taught him a few things. He saw Marines and other people die; he saw robots and computers die. He lost friends. Most of the facility was destroyed around him.

Nothing under the sun is immortal. I could've told him that.

I returned here after the war. We cleaned up the radiation and rebuilt the place. Mulligan is still here; I talk to him every day. He doesn't sleep; he never shuts down. He's always looking for signs of life. He stays awake so he won't miss calls for help.

He once said intelligent life is incredibly rare, so it's important to protect it.

Yeah. No shit.

That's why he keeps an eye open.

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