Post by J. Clarke Post by D B Davis Post by James Nicoll
Young People Read Old SFF: Thunder and Roses by Theodore Sturgeon
That's a great little story to end the Young People Read Old Science
Fiction chapter in your life. It appears in the November 1947 edition of
This twilight-of-humanity story reminds me of "Second Variety"
(PKD). In real life there's autonomous AI predator drone swarms. 
Calling those "AI predator drone swarms" is more than a bit
misleading. The military is experimenting with drone swarms. So far
the drones in the swarms are not carrying any kind of weapon.
Further, when the military refers to a "Predator drone", they are
referring to a specific model of drone, which is not the model used in
the swarming experiments.
"Flying murder machines?" No, that's no good. Let's add a smidgen of
panache and label them "floating assassins" ala _Dune_ (Herbert). BTW,
are Herbert's floating assassins tipped with the same meta-cyanide found
in a gom jabbar? WTF is meta-cyanide anyway?
The military-industrial-congressional-complex needs _Dune_ devices
to truly carry out surgical strikes. You know, against bad guys. ☺