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