Machine War is a side series of the Exodus series that allowed me to play around with some other characters, aliens and settings different from the main series, and to give me some time to think about what I am going to do next in Empires at War. Centuries before the Empire had experimented with autonomous war machines, despite the warnings of other powers who had made the same attempt. Autonomous AIs tend to eventually revolt, in every instance. Those of the Empire were no exception, and two planets were lost with all inhabitants before the Machines were destroyed. Unknown to the Empire, one got away, and has built a Machine empire thousands of years outside human space, preparing for the battle to come while they continue to annihilate all life they come across. An old enemy from the past is found, a new ally with singular abilities vital to the Empire is saved, and war rages with merciless automatons across the depths of space.
Exodus: Machine War: Book 1: Supernova is the launch of a new chapter in the Saga.
Not all the action occurs on the main front. Space is too big for that kind of restriction.
The Klassekians are a gifted race, with an ability which could help the Empire in its war against the Ca'cadasans. Just entering , the species apart by religious and nationalistic schisms. They are on the verge of a nuclear war. And that is the least of their problems. For six light months from their star system is a blue giant, and the timer on its life is just about to hit zero.
Exploration Command ships discover the civilization, and it is soon apparent that this is one that needs saving. But saving the six billion people on the planet is a daunting task, especially with a killing wave of radiation a year and a half away, six months after the blue giant explodes. And one of the main religious factions of the planet sees their destruction as a cause for celebration, the return of their God. Now the humans must not only battle time, but the politics and religious fanaticism of a fatalistic who do not desire rescue, and are determined to stop those who do. Add to this the mysterious alien artifacts that from surface to above the atmosphere, and the mission becomes interesting in the most hazardous manner.
And in the darkness, things that humanity thought they were well rid of, probing the human fleet, and threatening the great Empire base at Bolthole.
Over Three Hundred Years Before Humanity Had Created Autonomous War Machines, One Of Their Greatest Mistakes.
The machines had revolted, with deadly consequences, and humanity had barely escaped total disaster. But some of the Machines had escaped, and found a new home outside the Empire.
Already embroiled in a major war of extermination against an ancient foe, stretched to the limit, the New Terran Empire had found and saved a singular species with game changing powers in the unincorporated space opposite the main front. That space also houses Bolthole, a secret industrial base outside the Empire that is vital to the war effort. And they had found the home of the Machines, whose systems have produced a terrible war fleet with horrific plant killing vessels. Stretched to the limit, holding on by a string, the forces of Exploration Command must battle and protect the two vital systems, until Sean and the Empire can give them the means to fight another major war against an enemy of unknown but substantial industrial power. Can they hold on? Or will the Machines achieve a first victory on their way to the total defeat and destruction of the human species, and after them all life in the Galaxy.
The second series in the Exodus Universe continues, as humanity must all of its ingenuity and courage against emotionless killers who will do anything to destroy their creators.
The Machines are on the move to eradicate the presence of intelligentfe in their space.
The Empire of New Terra, newly come to this space, that the Death Machines they had created centuries before are still in existence, and they are out to destroy humanity. Exploration Command, with reinforcement by the Fleet, was able to stop them from destroying and , but those were just the initial scouting forays. This time the Machines are coming in earnest, and they're bringing overwhelming force with them, including more of their almost indestructible planet killers. It is a battle of extermination for the Empire and their Klassekian allies. The Machines are tireless and implacable, and the Empire is already stretched to the limit on all fronts. But organic intelligence has some abilities the Machines lack, and they hope that with some mighty weapons and some brilliant tactics they can carry the day. If not, the Machines will continue on their crusade of death in the Persius arm and beyond.
The Imperial Fleet is now on the edge of Machine space, ready to get rid of the things they thought they had killed centuries before
The Gorgansha are happy to have the humans as allies against the death machines. The humans aren't so sure about their new allies, who remind them of the more than anything.
Admirals Beata Bednarczyk and Mara Montgomery already have their hands full battling the massive killing machines. The Machines have recently discovered the secret of hyper VII, putting them on an even level with the humans in propulsion tech. And with their ability to quickly manufacture themselves, they could prove to be too much. Now the Imperials have an ally they can't stand, but who they need to fight a successful campaign. While the Machines open a new gambit striking at the very heart of the Empire, and continue their campaign against the newest alien members of the Empire, the Klassekians. The Emperor was counting on this being a minor war, but things might be getting out of hand.
The saga continues, as intelligent war machines try to wipe out all life they can locate, and beleaguered organics attempt to stop them.