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Boy And His Tank (original 1999; edition 2004)
A Boy and His Tank by Leo Frankowski (1999)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671578502, Mass Market Paperback)Leo Frankowski, author of the popular Conrad Stargard series, postulates a future in which the former Yugoslavia is still torn by civil war between Serbs and Croats. But now they've taken their endless conflict to space, and wars between minority factions are fought by starving workers symbiotically bonded with Mark XIX Main Battle Tanks. These sentient tanks provide for all their human pilots' needs (and we do mean all their needs).
Our hero, Mickolai Derdowski, is a Polish Kashubian who chooses to be inducted into the Croat branch of the army and bonded with a sexy female tank in lieu of being reduced to his organic components and used as fertilizer in the hydroponic vats. The real forces behind the war are the Tokyo Mining and Manufacturing Company, which makes money off the hapless Kashubians unfortunate enough to have colonized a brutal, barren metallic hunk of a planet, and the Wealthy Nations Group, which squeezes water from turnips all over the galaxy.
Like most military SF, the lighthearted Boy and His Tank is full of guns, girls, and galactic adventure, and Frankowski throws in a surprise ending that will make you either laugh or cry. --Adam Fisher
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:39 -0400)
AND THE STREETS WERE MADE OF GOLD. . . .He was a Rugged, Hardened Combat Veteran Who Had Gone to Hell and Back -- in Virtual Reality! Now He Had to Face the Real Thing . . .The planet New Kashubia started out as a gas giant, but when its sun went supernova, lighter elements were blasted into space. All that was left was a ball of heavy metals, heated to 8,000 degrees. As it cooled, tungsten solidified first at the surface, and layers of other metals continued down to a ball of mercury at the center. The sun meanwhile evolved into a pulsar with a deadly beam of radiation that baked the planet's surface. The New Kashubians lived inside the planet, in tunnels drilled in a thousand foot thick layer of solid gold.Still without carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, or even dirt, the colonists were the poorest people in the universe.But when they combined virtual reality with tank warfare, giving their warriors symbiosis with their intelligent tanks, neither war nor the galaxy would ever be the same. Not to mention sex . . .
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