From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Blue Mouse, Night Chough, uncollected stories Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 00:50:07 -0600 From: Adam Stephanides Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 10:58 PM >I finally got around to (re)reading "The Blue Mouse," and I'm kind of sorry >I did: it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. The story oozes contempt >for the Techs, "soldiers" psychologically unable to fight, who believe >themselves morally superior to the Marksmen who do the actual fighting, but >are really just cowardly, and treacherous to boot. But in the end Lonnie underwent a battlefield conversion; when push came to shove, he decided that to kill was better than to die. He was gung-ho at the end, mowing down the enemy like a regular John Wayne. > Since the story was >published during the Vietnam War, and the war in the story, as in "Hour of >Trust," is modelled after the Vietnam war, I suspect that the Techs are >intended to represent conscientous objectors or draft evaders. (I'm not >objecting to Wolfe's disapproval of COs or draft evaders, if that's what it >is, but to the lack of subtlety with which it's expressed.) What, then, was Wolfe saying with that ending? -Roy --