“Politics,” Murray Leinster, 1932

“Politics,” Murray Leinster, 1932 – After a disastrous loss by the American Navy to the enemy (Japan?), due to the President’s desire to placate peace activists and “women in pants,” the US agrees to dismantle its Navy to the horror of the captain of the Minnesota. The US is left defenseless, save for the Minnesota, which obliterates the fleet of the unnamed “asiatic” power. Concludes: “The Army and the Navy are not toys for the politicians any longer.”

Comments: Although I could be misreading what is actually a satire, it appears to be pro-military, pro-patriotism, anti-peace, anti-politician, and a story full of tech and battle. Read in 18 Greatest SF Stories.  Everett Bleiler in The Gernsback Years notes that “Leinster was obviously very hot against politicians and the peace movement of the day.  His emotion submerges his usual clarity in a less than routine barrel-shoot.”

Author: Wikipedia: “Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 – June 8, 1975) was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.”


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