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Matheson, Richard – “Witch War” (1951)


A short piece about a coterie of teenage girls, in the service of the government, who take a break from chewing gum and gossiping in order to wipe out an approaching army with a series of macabre spells. Matheson is a much better writer than most of the other authors in this era, and the flashes back and forth between the two poles of calm /youth and disastrous war are definitely interesting structurally (even if the girls=innocence theme is not one I find appealing), but I’m not sure that this story belongs in an anthology of science fiction. Recall that this was pretty much my reaction to his “Born of Man and Woman” (1950) also.

From → Children, Magic, War

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