Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mack Reynolds' "Computer War" (novel, war): Fighting a full scale war with guerrilla tactics

Cover of the novel Computer War by Mack Reynolds
While mostly a good read, it kept putting me off because of totally illogical references: a far future world away from earth, when thousands of worlds have been colonized by man. And the only examples characters talking to each other can come up with are those someone living in US or Europe during mid-1900s might be familiar with!

Story is about an unusual war. This unnamed world has many countries, among them two big powers - Alphaland & Betastan. Former is a dictatorship with better military hardware, & it is now starting a war to conquer Betastan. Betastan refuses to fight by the rules...

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, June/July 1967.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Mack Reynolds.