[LMB] AKICOT:L - Looking for title/author of an old SciFi story

Michael Bauminger lmblist at mikebomb.com
Wed Jun 2 07:20:24 BST 2021

I read this story in an old anthology - probably from the 1970s. The 
basic plot is that a pilot in a stuttering starship with a failing 
cooling system discovers a planet and kidnaps a "savage" in a loincloth 
who fights with an obsidian axe - and who also knows how to fix 
everything on the starship, because it is part of his "religious" 
training. The savage never knew the machines he trained to fix were real 
because they don't actually have the working machines on the planet anymore.

It turns out that the pilot is the vanguard of a fleet full of worn out 
technology that no longer has the technical know how to repair their 
equipment and the "savage" is from a lost repair base colony. The fleet 
needs the techs and the colony needs rescuing. A match made in heaven.

Anyone know the name of the story and the author?

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