'The claws were bad enough in the first place-nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace-if it could!'
When future war becomes so horrific that humans turn to machines and computers to design ways to kill each other strange things may happen. And DO in this classic Philip K. Dick story!
Early victories by the USSR in a global nuclear war cause the United Nations government to retreat to the moon leaving behind troops and fierce autonomous robots called 'Claws', which reproduce and redesign themselves in unmanned subterranean factories.
After six bloody years of conflict the Soviets call for an urgent conference and UN Major Joseph Hendricks sets out to meet them. Along the way he will discover what the Claws have been up to, and it isn't good…
Second Variety was first published in the May 1953 edition of Space Science Fiction Magazine.