General's clone is created - 20 years younger. Designed to defeat his older self. But two have opposite temperaments - general doesn't know how to lose, clone doesn't now how to win.
At some stage, we have a mugged & arbitrary scene that turns general into a monster, out to defeat the empire. Clone is on the side of empire, & will ultimately win by a simple & ridiculous observation that works because author says it works.
Overall, I'll call it a not-bad read, if long. Many space battles & their holographic simulations, & some jargon. Someone with a taste for space opera & retro-societies will probably like it more than I did.
Fact sheet. First published: Sometime in 2008 in Leading Edge. Reprinted at Tor, 18 December 2008.
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