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Charlotte's Army: A military science fiction novella (ISF-Allion)

Charlotte's Army: A military science fiction novella (ISF-Allion) [Kindle Edition]

Patty Jansen

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Product Description

A novella in the ISF-Allion universe with a kick-ass female protagonist

When people can make artificial minds, they can make big screw-ups in artificial minds, too.

In a far future, a fleet of ships hurtles through space on its way to a distant war. Aboard the ships is an army of artificial human soldiers, highly trained and dangerous. Doctor Charlotte West, the neuro-technologist responsible for the soldiers’ artificial brains, travels in the support fleet. Two months before the arrival at the war site, the soldiers start fighting each other and disobeying commands.

When they are brought in for tests, Charlotte finds that someone has accidentally copied WHAT? into the memories of all seven thousand soldiers.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Capricornica Publications (21 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #723,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Writer and reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy in Sydney, Australia

Member of SFWA

Professional background in science (agriculture and ecology). University of Sydney, CSIRO (North Queensland). Other interests include marine biology and astronomy

Coop member, editor and slush reader at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine


'This peaceful state of war' - 1st place Writers Of The Future Contest second quarter 2010

'The Donner Equilibrium' - Finalist Writers Of The Future Contest first quarter 2010

Recently published stories:
His Name In Lights - Universe Annex, Grantville Gazette January 2011
Black Dragon - The Edge of Propinquity #58 September 2010
Little Boy Lost - Midnight Echo #4 June 2010
The rebelliousness of trassi udang - Belong anthology April 2010
Metal Dragon - Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #46

Party, with Echoes - Redstone SF
Charlotte's Army (military SF novella) - Distant Worlds anthology
Where the plains merge with the sky - Scape magazine
Poor man's Travel - Anywhere But Earth anthology
Quarantine - Dead Red Heart anthology

Published three books in natural history (non-fiction)

Where to find Patty Jansen online:
Twitter: pattyjansen

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun little SF novelette 6 April 2012
By Ima Reader - Published on
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This fun little sci fi novelette or novella (couldn't tell the actual word count, but it's somewhere in there,) starts with a nice "What if..."

For this story, "What if ..." an army of clone soldiers is created, vat-grown to maturity on an accelerated schedule, with basic and technical information downloaded directly into their brains. And then, the basic mind pattern that was imprinted on all of them, all 7000 of them, was drawn from a man who was in love with one woman.

The story is told from the point of view of that woman, who has the terrifying realization that 7000 men are crazy in love with her. Emphasis on "crazy."

Love can make 7000 men do crazy things.

There's a nice little story here with some fun twists and turns. It's good military SF plus a very human story.

Well recommended.

TK Kenyon
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 22 April 2012
By BDGG - Published on
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Quite fun, fast-paced action-filled and a different premise!! and makes you want to know if there's going to be a follow-up !HINT HINT (BDG)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little story 29 May 2012
By Julie - Published on
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Knew from the synopsis I was going to like it. Took my time reading this and before I knew it I was done. What could have degenerated down into lots of rauncy sex was turned into a great story about the link between the mind and spirit (or soul). Would recommend this for anyone to read.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of Sci-fi 23 Mar 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I downloaded this from Smashwords for free. I have read books by Patty Jansen that I really liked so I took a chance. This is probably a book guys who like sci-fi would like. I suppose the word Army in the title should have been a give-away. I don't like my sci-fi to involve politics or war. I did like that the main character didn't want to erase the memories of war from her patients. The mind control was an interesting if not controversial plot element. Sorry I couldn't be more into it. Maybe it was just the frame of mind I was in. Maybe I need to be wired in to join in Charlotte's Army? :)
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Patty Jansen's Charlotte's Army 14 Oct 2011
By David Kernot - Published on
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Seven thousand artificial soldiers, all obsessed with one woman. Obviously this could have been simply a tale of great sexual encounters. Our heroine: perfect. Male testosterone maxed out ...

This could also been just another average space opera, too, but it goes much further than these things, it reaches deeper into the human psyche and asked the question of what makes us human.

Patty Jansen explores this question, at the same time provides a wonderful science backdrop of deep space, gene manipulation, and of course: love.

I certainly enjoyed the story, and would encourage people to read what is a highly entertaining, and complex story, rich with world-building. It's available in e-pub formats ... just Google it! Enjoy. I did!
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