The Killer Thing

The Killer Thing by Kate Wilhem is ostensibly a suspense adventure about a future space soldier trying to evade a killer robot on a harsh desert planet.
But flashbacks of both the soldier’s and the robot’s past, training, and development comprise the bulk of the novel, with an effective anti-war theme (or at least anti-{the pro-war future civilization depicted}). Normally I dislike flashbacks (and dream sequences; a couple dream sequences would have gotten tedious for me if any longer), but most of these were interesting and included some of the most original and thought-provoking scenes, save for the ending which was very good.
I think The Killer Thing is the first novel by Kate Wilhem I’ve read — I’ll read more — and I can give it a measured recommendation to fans of science fiction by Robert Heinlein and Harry Harrison.

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