Basically a simple story. Some war deserters are terrorizing a town. A real war hero, originally from the town, returns. He watches their terror quietly, disinterestedly ... till they go after his girl. Of course, the goons stand no chance against the hero.
But the story is told in an utterly contrived way. Enormous amount of meaningless jargon. Town in question is a human colony in some world away from Sol. War in question is the one fought at the end of time billions of years hence, & the actors involved were not only from different galaxies but from different dimensions as well!
Fact sheet.First published: Asimov's, June 1996.
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