Tom Kratman

BBDC_256Big Boys Don’t Cry

Big Boys Don’t Cry is a novella from military science fiction author Tom Kratman, best known for A Desert Called Peace and his Carrera series. The story follows the life cycle of a Ratha, a sentient future supertank that dutifully fights Man’s battles on dozens of alien worlds. But will the massive creature still be grateful to its creators when it discovers it has a conscience? And how long will an intelligent war machine with enough firepower to flatten a city be content to remain Man’s obedient slave?

Big Boys Don’t Cry is 79 pages and is available for $2.99 from Amazon.

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  • […] Big Boys Don’t Cry by Tom Kratman (Castalia House) is an odd specimen. Maggie, a sentient supertank known as a Ratha, is badly damaged in an ill-fated attack on an alien planet. Salvaged by her human masters for scrap, Maggie can still think, feel and remember. She spends the majority of the story revisiting her memories, gradually realizing she has suffered for her human gods pointlessly. […]