Bernard Wolfe
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In the aftermath of an atomic war, a new international movement of pacifism has arisen. Multitudes of young men have chosen to curb their aggressive instincts through voluntary amputation - disarmament in its most literal sense.

Those who have undergone this procedure are highly esteemed in the new society. But they have a problem - their prosthetics require a rare metal to function, and international tensions are rising over which countries get the right to mine it . . .


Town’s a junk yard, just about as I remember it from my last trip (not long before my plane fell apart: 1947?). Deserted except for a few old Afrikanders—they run a small airstrip, a rickety dock, and...


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