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Read ✓ Study War No More A Selection of Alternatives By Joe Haldeman – serv3.3pub.co.uk [Download] ➽ Study War No More A Selection of Alternatives Author Joe Haldeman – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Avon Books 1978 Paperback first printing With an introduction by the editor Stories Basilisk 1972 by Harlan Ellison; The Dueling Machine 1963 by Ben Bova; A Man to My Wounding 1959 by Poul Anderson; C Avon books No More PDF Å Paperback first printing With an introduction by the editor Stories Basilisk by Harlan Ellison; The Dueling Machine by Ben Bova; A Man to My Wounding by Poul Anderson; Commando Raid by Harry Harrison; Curtains by George Alec Effinger; Mercenary Joe Mauser by Mack Reynolds; Rule Golden by Study War Kindle - Damon Knight; The State of Ultimate Peace by William Nabors; By the Numbers essay by Isaac Asimov; To Howard Hughes A Modest Proposal by Joe Haldeman.


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  1. Raj Raj says:

    I love the idea of this anthology It's the sort of thing science fiction does well taking a theme and spinning out ideas of how it could play out; in this case the theme is alternatives to war Haldeman himself famously served in the Vietnam war which led to his subseuent position on the matter and here he has asked a number of well known writers to provide their thoughts Harlan Ellison opens the collection with the very odd Basilisk about a soldier broken by war and the hostile reaction he faces from those he had been trying protect when he gets home and how that changes him further I'm not entirely sure this matched the brief but it was a powerful and affecting story in its own right Ben Bova's The Dueling Machine is a decent story in which aggression can be channelled through duels which are fought in a form of virtual reality with no harm done Until someone figures out how to kill from within the machine Poul Anderson's A Man to My Wounding provides a caution to those who argue that the politicians who send people to war without being in any danger themselves should be the ones on the front line A decent story with an interesting idea that feels a bit dated nowCommando Raid by Harry Harrison starts out as a traditional war story with a commando group planning and executing a raid on a village in a remote country that could be an analogue for Vietnam When the twist comes it's a blinder that totally flips the whole story round in a neat manner Curtains by George Alec Effinger has an interesting idea at its heart that soldiers and armies act as performing artists and the uality of their performances determine how much the opposition can respond Interesting but it was a little too silly for my tastes Mack Reynolds' Mercenary took the idea of warfare and moved it from the national stage to the corporate with corporations settling disputes on the battlefield This one seemed to go on forever and didn't even have a great pay off as far as I was concernedRule Golden by Damon Knight is a story I've read before and one of the interesting ideas as first contact leads to a desperate race around the world before the authorities catch up This one is nice but felt a little dated it's hard to imagine how the protagonist and his alien companion would fare trying to travel around the world without alerting the authorities today I'm not sure I got The State of Ultimate Peace about I think a war leader who finds himself converted to a pacifist This one didn't seem hugely coherent to me although since the protagonist wasn't in a great state of mind that may have been intentional Isaac Asimov's contribution was odd and didn't I felt entirely fit with the rest of the anthology It was an essay rather than a story and it was about why he felt that computerisation of taxes and telling the government about us was ultimately beneficial I fear that the Good Doctor may be somewhat appalled to see the ways that the wealthy manage to evade or is it avoid? their taxes even in this highly computerised age And lastly we come to Haldeman's own contribution a story about a wealthy industrialist who bends his mind to ridding the world of nuclear weapons and then spends most of his fortune and a very long time achieving itSo a good collection for the most part Definitely hits than misses and a very interesting theme to build an anthology around It would be interesting to see a new collection with modern writers come at the same sort of thing to see what new ideas have been spawned in 40 or so years since this one was put together


  2. Dmadden Dmadden says:

    Strangely listless anthology of stories by sf's number one tough guy His contribution is the best But he's also written better


  3. Mike Mike says:

    I like short story collections where the editor gives you a short lead in blurb on the author and the story Makes me think the editor spent a little time thinking about what to includeexclude


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