The Colonel Returns to the Stars

by Robert Silverberg

Short story

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The tale is set in a galactic Imperium that the eponymous Colonel has spent his long life attempting to defend from Chaos. Everything is as simple as ago: no computers steal our scenes, no aliens occupy stage front, the teleportation devices are demurely unhaunted by doubles or shadows or partials or ghoolies, the villas and cities and towns and hotels where the action concentrates are about as alien as Ohio. Nothing, in other words, has been allowed to change, except for the retrospective tone, as the Colonel has been brought back from retirement to save one more planet at the Core of the galaxy. — John Clute, from his review at

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