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

Michael Bauminger lmblist at mikebomb.com
Wed Jun 2 07:32:34 BST 2021

On 6/2/2021 2:20 AM, Michael Bauminger wrote:
> 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.

Never mind—I remembered the editor and that led to the anthology and 
thence to the story. It was _The Specter General_ by Theodore Cogswell, 
first published in 1952 and collected in _The Science Fiction Hall of 
Fame, Volume Two_, edited by Ben Bova.

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