Q: I have a hazy memory of a short anti-war story that may have appeared in the early-to-mid-’70s. Actual war is outlawed, but in its place there is a lottery, and drafted young men are assigned their war injuries by chance. The protagonist wakes after his “assignment” and gradually discovers that he has been reduced to a brain and spine suspended in a fluid tank. Kinda like a cross between Shirley Jackson and Dalton Trumbo. Does that sound familiar?
A: That would be “War Hero” by David Chambourt from the May 1971 (The Future) issue.