Title: The Last Command

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Title: The Last Command Title Record # 45534
Author: Keith Laumer
Date: 1967-01-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Series: Bolo
Language: English
Note: Reprinted in Laumer's 1982 collection "Knight of Delusions", which indicated that the copyright date at the time was 1971. Either copyright had been renewed or it was a publisher's error since the original 1967 appearance of the story has been confirmed.
Synopsis: A hugely powerful artificially intelligent war machine, mothballed for 70 years, is accidentally reawakened and picks up its combat mission where it left off, presenting a dire threat to the residents of the now peaceful world.
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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1975 German Der letzte Befehl
1977 Dutch Het Laatste Bevel
1977 Dutch Het Laatste Bevel
1987 Croatian Posljednja naredba

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Analog Science Fiction -> Science Fact, January 1967 1967-01-00 ed. John W. Campbell Condé Nast   $0.60 180 digest? mag Chesley Bonestell Checkmark
The Year's Best Science Fiction No. 1 1968-00-00 ed. Brian Aldiss, Harry Harrison Sphere #43311 5/- 207 pb? anth David Davies Checkmark
Best SF: 1967 1968-03-00 ed. Harry Harrison, Brian W. Aldiss Berkley Medallion #S1529 $0.75 256 pb? anth Paul Lehr Checkmark
Tales of Time and Space 1969-00-00 ed. Ross R. Olney Whitman / Western Publishing Company (Whitman Classics) #1628   212 hc? anth Harvey Kidder Checkmark
Analog 7 1970-00-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Doubleday     352 hc? anth  
Analog 7 1970-07-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Belmont Books #B95-2032 $0.95 346 pb? anth Checkmark
A Pocketful of Stars 1971-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Doubleday   $5.95 xiv+
294
hc? anth Wendell Minor Checkmark
Once There Was a Giant 1971-09-00 Keith Laumer Doubleday   $5.95 252 hc? coll Anita Siegel Checkmark
Themes in Science Fiction: A Journey Into Wonder 1972-00-00 ed. Leo P. Kelley McGraw-Hill (Patterns in Literary Art) 0-07-033504-4   iii+
428
tp? anth Checkmark
A Pocketful of Stars 1972-02-00 ed. Damon Knight Doubleday   $5.95 xiv +
294
hc? anth Wendell Minor Checkmark
A Pocketful of Stars 1972-07-00 ed. Damon Knight Gollancz 0-575-01474-1 £1.90 xiv+
294
hc? anth Checkmark
A Pocketful of Stars 1974-06-00 ed. Damon Knight Pan Books 0-330-23927-9 £0.50 318 pb? anth Eddie Jones Checkmark
Combat SF 1975-06-00 ed. Gordon R. Dickson Doubleday 0-385-04575-1 $6.95 ix+
204
hc? anth Robert Aulicino Checkmark
Once There Was a Giant 1975-06-00 Keith Laumer Robert Hale (Hale SF) 0-7091-4795-3 £2.40 252 hc? coll Checkmark
Science Fiction Story Reader 4 1975-07-00 ed. Herbert W. Franke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3451) 3-453-30344-X DM 3.80 159 pb? anth John Berkey Checkmark
Bolo 1976-08-00 Keith Laumer Berkley/Putnam 0-399-11794-6 $6.95 179 hc? coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Bolo: The Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade 1977-00-00 Keith Laumer Millington 0-86000-081-8 £4.25 179 hc? coll Checkmark
Het Laatste Bevel 1977-00-00 Keith Laumer Meulenhoff (M=SF #120) 90-290-0845-8   302 pb? coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
Gesprek met een Lemming 1977-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison Luitingh (Luitingh SF Verhalen) 90-245-0404-X   223 tp? anth Karel Thole Checkmark
Bolo: The Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade 1977-07-00 Keith Laumer Berkley Medallion 0-425-03450-X $1.50 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Combat SF 1981-06-00 ed. Gordon R. Dickson Ace Books 0-441-11531-4 $2.50 [10]+
266
pb? anth Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Bolo 1982-06-00 Keith Laumer Berkley Books 0-425-05617-1 $2.25 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Knight of Delusions 1982-11-00 Keith Laumer Tor 0-523-48551-4 $2.75 287 pb? coll Tom Kidd Checkmark
Combat SF 1984-02-00 ed. Gordon R. Dickson Ace Books 0-441-11534-9 $2.75 266 pb? anth Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Bolo 1984-12-00 Keith Laumer Berkley Books 0-425-07559-1 $2.75 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Analog: The Best of Science Fiction 1985-07-00 ed. uncredited Galahad Books 0-88365-637-X $12.95 621 hc? anth Checkmark
Bolo 1986-07-00 Keith Laumer Ace Science Fiction Books 0-441-06997-5 $2.95 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Sirius, #133 1987-06-05 ed. Hrvoje Prćić? Vjesnik   500 din. 132 pb? mag Andrej Brčić-Flumiani Checkmark
De Andere Hemel 1988-01-00 Keith Laumer Meulenhoff (M=SF #242) 90-290-4101-3   564 tp? coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Knight of Delusions 1988-07-00 Keith Laumer Tor 0-812-54362-9 $3.95 287 pb? coll Tom Kidd Checkmark
The Compleat Bolo 1990-06-00 Keith Laumer Baen 0-671-69879-6 $3.95 314 pb? omni Stephen Hickman Checkmark
The Compleat Bolo 1991-08-00 Keith Laumer Baen 0-671-69879-6 $3.95 314 pb? omni Stephen Hickman Checkmark
The Compleat Bolo 1996-06-00 Keith Laumer Baen 0-671-69879-6 $5.99 314 pb? omni Stephen Hickman Checkmark
My Favorite Science Fiction Story 1999-03-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #1115) 0-88677-830-1 $6.99 xii+
372
pb? anth Angus McKie Checkmark
My Favorite Science Fiction Story 1999-07-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books / SFBC 0-7394-0349-4 $9.98 372 hc? anth Angus McKie  
The World Turned Upside Down 2005-01-00 ed. Eric Flint, Jim Baen, David Drake Baen #0743498747 $6.00   ebook? anth Thomas Kidd Checkmark
The World Turned Upside Down 2005-01-00 ed. Jim Baen, David Drake, Eric Flint Baen 0-7434-9874-7 $24.00 743 hc? anth Tom Kidd Checkmark
The World Turned Upside Down 2005-01-00 ed. Jim Baen, David Drake, Eric Flint Baen 0-7434-9874-7 $6.00   ebook? anth Thomas Kidd Checkmark
The World Turned Upside Down 2005-02-00 ed. Jim Baen, David Drake, Eric Flint Baen / SFBC #1168633 $13.99 743 hc? anth Tom Kidd  
My Favorite Science Fiction Story 2005-10-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg ibooks 1-59687-121-0 $12.95 372 tp? anth Kimberly Chandler  
The World Turned Upside Down 2006-06-00 ed. Eric Flint, Jim Baen, David Drake Baen 978-1-4165-2068-9 $15.00 741 tp? anth Tom Kidd Checkmark
The Best of the Bolos: Their Finest Hour 2010-08-00 ed. Hank Davis Baen 978-1-4391-3375-0 $12.00 342 tp? anth Tom Kidd Checkmark
The Best of the Bolos: Their Finest Hour 2011-09-27 ed. Hank Davis Baen 978-1-4516-3752-6 $7.99 464 pb? anth Tom Kidd  
Bolo 2016-02-29 Keith Laumer Gateway / Orion 978-1-4732-1543-6 £3.99   ebook? coll  
Combat SF date unknown ed. Gordon R. Dickson Ace Books 0-441-11531-4 $2.50 266 pb? anth Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Bolo: The Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade date unknown Keith Laumer Berkley Medallion 0-425-03450-X $1.50 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Bolo: The Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade date unknown Keith Laumer Berkley Medallion 0-425-03450-X $1.50 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Tales of Time and Space date unknown ed. Ross R. Olney Golden Press 0-307-21628-4   212 tp? anth Tom Nachreiner Checkmark
Bolo: The Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade date unknown Keith Laumer Berkley Medallion 0-425-03450-X $1.50 216 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
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