Wednesday, March 10, 2021

"We're Reporters—Not Detectives or Secret Agents"

"New Weapon."
By Richard Wilson (1920-87).
First appearance: Future Science Fiction, November 1953.
Illustration by Tom Beecham (1926-2000; HERE).
Reprints page (HERE).
Short story (11 pages).
Online at (HERE).

     "Our job is to report the news, not to make it."

To cover a story a newsperson often needs to get into the middle of things out in the field, but when "the field" is one of battle, that can have very unexpected results . . . .

Main characters:
~ Scott Warren:
  "My father told me never to trust redheads."
~ Kathy Brand:
  "What do you mean? Where are we going? Where are spies dealt with?"
~ The Citizens' Army high official:
  "How do you do, Mr. Warren. My name, for security reasons, will not be mentioned."
~ Captain Joro:
  "Kathy, your beauty turns war into peace."

Typo: "that at " [should be a].

- Our previous adventures with Scott Warren of the GNS are (HERE) and (HERE).

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