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  •  Maybe it's Berserkers (7+ / 0-)

    In Fred Saberhagen's dystopian future, humanity blunders into ancient Von Neumann machines that are the legacy of an interplanetary war eons ago, the losing side constructed self-programming and self-replicating war machines that would continue the war after they were defeated and wiped out; the machines destroy anything that's alive whether it be bacteria or Blue Whales....

    And we've been blasting out radio waves announcing our presence for more than 100 years, hence the the globe of our emitted radiation from our broadcasts is more than 100 light-years in diameter...

    I hope we haven't summoned them!

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 07:22:02 AM PDT

    •  Uh (2+ / 0-)
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      Panacea Paola, llywrch

      well actually I guess it 200 light years across...duh

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 07:36:23 AM PDT

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    •  Oh man have you read the Silo series. At its core (1+ / 0-)
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      is the creation of nanobots which sounds relatively innocuous. But if you can have nanobots to help fix bodies at the cellular level then why not militarized nanobots which tear a body to pieces or change it in horrific ways. What if the nanos escaped and infested all life? How hard and how large a research force would be required to make the programming changes?

      The first one I read was Dust. Ebook.

      Fear is the Mind Killer...

      by boophus on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 07:56:10 AM PDT

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    •  Kinda like Star Trek's Doomsday Machine ;) (2+ / 0-)
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      Is it courageous to propose tax cuts but not identify a single tax expenditure to rein in? Is it courageous to target your deepest cuts on the poorest Americans, who vote in lower numbers and provide little in campaign contributions?

      by caul on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:06:29 AM PDT

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