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Title: Fortress Ship Title Record # 72643
Author: Fred Saberhagen
Date: 1963-01-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Series: Berserker (Fred Saberhagen)
Language: English
Synopsis: A human engaged in a conflict with an alien artificially intelligent war machine must find a way to conceal from the enemy that its ability to handicap his cognition is successful, or else it will attack when it knows that his ability to defend is impaired.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1963 Without a Thought
Year Language Title
1970Translated by Birgit Reß-Bohusch
German Der Berserker
1973Translated by Léon Thoorens
French Les dames et le fou furieux
1973Translated by Bruno Martin
French Forteresse
1981Translated by Božidar Stančić
Croatian
Igra dame s Bjesomučnim?Igra dame s Bjesomucnim
Igra dame s Bjesomuchnim
1986Translated by Leonore Petz.
German Ohne einen Gedanken
1991 Italian Senza pensiero
1995 Italian La nave fortezza

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
If, January 1963 1963-01-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Digest Productions Corporation; New York   $0.35 132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Schelling Checkmark
The 9th Annual of the Year's Best SF 1964-00-00 ed. Judith Merril Simon & Schuster   $4.95 384
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Lawrence Ratzkin Checkmark
The 9th Annual of the Year's Best SF 1965-03-00 ed. Judith Merril Simon & Schuster / SFBC   $1.90 384
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Lawrence Ratzkin Checkmark
9th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F 1965-05-00 ed. Judith Merril Dell 9775 $0.75 384
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Three Lions Checkmark
9th Annual S-F 1967-00-00 ed. Judith Merril Mayflower-Dell 9775-8 5/- 381
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Berserker 1967-01-00 Fred Saberhagen Ballantine Books U5063 $0.60 190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Men and Machines 1968-09-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Meredith Press   $4.95 xii+
240
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Barry Martin Checkmark
The Best of Science Fiction 9 1970-00-00 ed. Judith Merril Mayflower 0-583-11068-1 7/- 381
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Men and Machines 1970-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Award Books A765N $0.95 219
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Berserker 1970-10-00 Fred Saberhagen Penguin Books 0-14-002694-0 £0.30 224
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Franco Grignani Checkmark
Menschen und Maschinen 1970-10-16 ed. Robert Silverberg Moewig (Terra Taschenbuch #181) TTB181 DM 2.60 167
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Stephan Checkmark
Des hommes et des machines 1973-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Marabout (Bibliothèque Marabout - Science Fiction #434)     316
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Galaxie (2ème série), #113 1973-10-00 ed. Michel Demuth OPTA   F4.00 164
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Michel Desimon Checkmark
Berserker 1978-09-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05404-8 $1.75 viii+
243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Checkmark
Berserker 1979-09-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05404-8 $1.75 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Berserker 1980-06-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05423-4 $1.95 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Sirius, #56 1981-02-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik   30 din. 148
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Vicente Segrelles Checkmark
Pawn to Infinity 1982-06-00 ed. Fred Saberhagen, Joan Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-65482-7 $2.50 [8]+
258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
La guerre des Berserkers 1982-06-00 Fred Saberhagen Temps Futurs (Space Fiction) 2-86607-015-1 F55.00 247
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Manchu Checkmark
Berserker 1982-11-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05463-3 $2.50 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Berserker 1982-11-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05463-3 $2.50 iv+
243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Checkmark
Histoires de la fin des temps 1983-04-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3777) 2-253-02580-1   445
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Cl. Gozlan Checkmark
Berserker 1984-04-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05480-3 $2.75 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Berserker 1984-04-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05469-2 $2.95 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Berserker 1985-00-00 Fred Saberhagen Penguin Books 0-14-002694-0 £1.95 224
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Mike Litherland Checkmark
Berserker 1985-12-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05490-0 $2.95 [8]+
243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Checkmark
Berserker 1986-01-00 Fred Saberhagen Moewig (Moewig Science Fiction #3692) 3-8118-3692-7 DM 8.80 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Checkmark
Berserker 1986-07-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05495-1 $2.95 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Worlds of If: A Retrospective Anthology 1986-09-00 ed. Joseph D. Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg, Frederik Pohl Bluejay Books 0-312-94472-1 $19.95 438
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Alan Gutierrez Checkmark
Worlds of If: A Retrospective Anthology 1986-09-00 ed. Joseph D. Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg, Frederik Pohl Bluejay Books 0-312-94471-3 $10.95 438
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Alan Gutierrez Checkmark
Berserker 1988-07-00 Fred Saberhagen Moewig (Moewig Science Fiction #3855) 3-8118-3855-5 DM 8.80 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Lehr Checkmark
Urania #1152 1991-05-05 ed. Giuseppe Lippi Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 1152 4,500 Lit 176
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Vicente Segrelles  
Les machines de mort 1991-07-00 Fred Saberhagen L'Atalante (Bibliothèque de l'Evasion) 2-905158-45-X   313
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Checkmark
The Great SF Stories #25 (1963) 1992-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #885) 0-88677-518-3 $5.50 382
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Bob Layzell Checkmark
Berserker 1992-09-00 Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05495-1 $4.99 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
The Great SF Stories #25 (1963) 1993-01-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books / SFBC 05922 $8.98 381
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Bob Layzell Checkmark
Le grandi storie della fantascienza: 1963 1995-09-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Classici Urania #222)   6,500 Lit 330
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Marco Patrito  
Le grandi storie della fantascienza: 1963 1995-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (I Libri di Urania #31) 88-04-40838-3 8,000 Lit 330
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Marco Patrito  
Berserkers: The Beginning 1998-07-00 Fred Saberhagen Baen 0-671-87884-0 $5.99 377
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
omni David Mattingly Checkmark
Altair, February 2000 2000-02-00 ed. Robert N. Stephenson, Jim Deed, Andrew Collings Altair Publishing   A$9.95 160
A5?14.8 cm by 21 cm or 5.8" by 8.3" magazine, used by some UK and European magazines
mag Carol McLean-Carr  
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy 2000-07-28 ed. Garyn G. Roberts Prentice-Hall 0-13-021280-6 $47.00 xviii+
1166
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Frank R. Paul  
Les berserkers: Tome 1 2001-11-00 Fred Saberhagen L'Atalante (La Dentelle du Cygne) 2-84172-193-0   896
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
omni Gess  
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy 2003-00-00 ed. Garyn G. Roberts Prentice-Hall 0-13-021280-6   xviii+
1166
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Frank R. Paul Checkmark
Berserker 2003-06-00 Fred Saberhagen Thorndike Press 0-7862-5485-8 $28.95 329
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Men and Machines 2009-03-05 ed. Robert Silverberg Wildside Press 978-1-4344-5499-7 $14.99 256
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Berserker 2012-11-06 Fred Saberhagen JSS Literary Productions 978-1-937422-22-6 $4.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
Berserker date unknown Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05490-0 $2.95 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Berserker date unknown Fred Saberhagen Ace Books 0-441-05462-5 $2.25 243
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Vallejo Checkmark
Men and Machines date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Hawthorn Books     xii+
240
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Barry Martin Checkmark
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