Mr. Jester

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You know about Berserkers, machines programmed by a long dead civilization to seek out and destroy all life. But did you know they could be funny?

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  • Author: Fred Saberhagen
  • Length: 5,000 words (Approximately 16 pages)
  • Formats: MOBI, EPUB, PDF
  • DRM: None
  • Availability: Milkyway Galaxy
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: SnackReads

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Try this if you like: Berserker, science fiction, comedy, satire, making fun of politicians

Description: You know about Berserkers, machines programmed by a long dead civilization to seek out and destroy all life. But did you know they could be funny? In “Mr. Jester,” an exhiled criminal meets a killer robot in existential crisis, and shenanigans ensue. Will it all end in tears, or a belly laugh? Choose a format and click the “Add to Cart” button and find out!

“My purpose is to destroy all life wherever I can find it.”

The jester cowered down. Then he asked in a low voice: “What is unclear about that?”

The berserker answered his question with two of its own: “What is life? And how is it destroyed?”

After half a minute there came a sound that the berserker computers could not identify. It issued from the protoplasmic computing-unit, but if it was speech it was in a language unknown to the berserker.

“What is the sound you make?” the machine asked.

The jester gasped for breath. “It’s laughter. Oh, laughter! So. You were unfinished.” He shuddered, the terror of his position coming back to sober him. But then he once more burst out giggling; the situation was too ridiculous.

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