But As A Soldier, For His Country

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Harker was a good soldier--so good that the Army kept resurrecting him to fight its wars forever and ever into the future, with no hope of ever getting free.
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Published by Parsina Press
Words: 5,630
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452402284
About Stephen Goldin

STEPHEN GOLDIN is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy writer who was born in 1947 in the city of Philadelphia. When he was 13, his parents moved to California and, upon reflection, he decided to accompany them. It was a lucky thing he did, too; otherwise, when he went to college, the commute to UCLA would have been quite difficult. He eventually graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy.

His first job out of college was as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy. The urge to write was strong, though, and after several years he left to try writing full time. He only regretted the move every other Thursday, when he would have gotten paid.

After several years of genteel poverty, he took a job as writer/editor for a pornographic humor paper, the San Francisco Ball. In retrospect, this was a great crucible; because of deadline pressure, he had to learn to make his writing dirty, funny, and one draft.

At about this time, too, he began selling novels on a regular basis. While he has, from time to time, held down other full-time employment (he helped design the Star Trek: The Next Generation computer game "A Final Unity" for Spectrum HoloByte and has also written manuals and game design documents for Maxis), his real love is fiction writing and he continues to pursue it.

His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky. Their medieval-style wedding was a Saturday morning program item at the 1972 World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles. In the 10+ years of their marriage, in addition to their individual works, they collaborated on a pair of stories ("Painting the Roses Red" and "The Devil Behind the Leaves") about the diMedicis, a family of interstellar swindlers.

Mr. Goldin's current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. Their wedding took place the night before EclectiCon 1 in Sacramento, at which Mr. Goldin was the Guest of Honor. They currently live in the San Francisco East Bay area. So far they have co-authored two books in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series: Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor and Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates. More books in this series are planned.

Mr. Goldin is an atheist whose interests include Broadway show albums and surrealist art. He has lived with cats virtually all his adult life.

Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as SFWA's Western Regional Director.

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Reviews

Review by: Gary Denton on Feb. 28, 2012 :
Excellent SF short story about a soldier offered a bonus to become a soldier stored away to be used as needed. Somewhat similar to the award winning The Forever War by Joe Haldeman in a very condensed format and as a more typical grunt the soldier is not as educated or intellectual.
(review of free book)

Review by: Matt Crawford on May 17, 2010 :
"But As A Soldier, For His Country" is a little overwrought for my tastes (but only just a little), it's still an interesting short story about war and the effect is has on the men who fight in it. It's probably not to everyone's tastes, but if the preview is even a little interesting to you, you'll probably like the whole story a lot.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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