By Edward McKeown
The Artificial Intelligence Entity calling itself Maauro was first encountered in the Kandalor system. Its present location is unknown. This being is thought to be a self-aware AI created by an undocumented and possibly long extinct species. It has the superficial appearance of a human teenage female, having modeled its aspect on that of an ancient Earth animation character. All Thieves Guild operatives who have encountered this entity have been killed, wounded or disappeared. Several bases and vessels have been lost as well. Avoid all contact with Maauro. If attacked, alert Confederate or other government military authorities to her existence and the threat this ancient war machine poses!
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Edward McKeown escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous “Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess” shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his “Knight Templar” urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited four Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories. Ed is best known for his Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe. He will soon debut a new series set in the same universe, featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced pilot named Wrik Trigardt, as they battle governments and the Thieves Guild for their freedom.