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“The General” by Carol Emshwiller
Card picked: Seven of Clubs
From: Thrilling Tales, edited by Michael Chabon
Thoughts: Sadly, for the last story of the year, I don’t have a lot to say about “The General.” Maybe it’s just that I’m looking forward too enthusiastically to 2016.
The tale is told in alternating POVs. One is “We,” a conquering military dictatorship searching for an escaped traitorous general. The other POV is the man they are looking for. Originally one of the subjugated people, the man had decided to become a perfect prisoner and later a perfect soldier, a general in fact, in an effort to lead an uprising, or at very least escape. He does escape and is taken in by a little girl, Loo, and her grandmother. Whose side are they on, living off the land in the mountains? And what will the man do when Grandma becomes ill and the only help is in the city he escaped from?
The dictatorship is as loathsome as you’d expect. They had taken pride in turning the man into a prized soldier and are confident that they will be able to track him down. If they are worried about him, it’s not like they’d ever tell anyone…