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Author: Lucius Shepard
Publisher: Bluejay Books, 1985
DAW Books, 1985
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1984

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Military SF
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Hugo, Nebula, and SF Chronicle Award-nominated Short Story and winner of the Locus Reader's Poll for Best Short Story.

This story follows Dantzler, a soldier in the Special Forces of the US Military. He and his platoon are in El Salvador looking for Sandinista patrols prior to an invasion of Nicaragua. The soldiers rely on ampules, drugs which help them stay calm and focus their rage -- but discover that their increasing use of the drug make it difficult to distinguish between reality and hallucination.

Published originally by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in April 1984, this story was later anthologized in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985), The 1985 Annual World's Best SF (1985), Beyond Armageddon: Twenty-One Sermons to the Dead (1985), The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: A 40th Anniversary Anthology (1989), The Legend Book of Science Fiction (aka Modern Classics of Science Fiction) (1991), Future Earths: Under South American Skies (1993), Future War (1999), The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005), The Mammoth Book of The Best of The Best New SF (2008), The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse (2010), The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Volume 2 (2014), and collected in The Jaguar Hunter (1987) and The Best of Lucius Shepard (2008).

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