Comments for Logicist
I am falling behind with my FSF reading. I tried to finish the October / November issue over New Year's and didn't. One of the stories I read was "Logicist" by Carol Emshwiller.
Set in some indeterminate time, "Logicist" reminds me of the American Civil War. The teacher ("logicist") protagonist takes his class to watch the war from the sidelines just as people tried picnicking in the fields during the early days of the war. The weapons were well beyond what had been used in previous wars and it quickly became a blood bath.
"Logicist" is a about arrogance, pride and the excesses of war. It's about culture clashes and men who find more comfort among the "enemy" than at home. It's a short, visceral and thought provoking piece.
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