About 19 years ago I read a short story featuring, IIRC, a German WW2 officer, a Zulu warrior, and possibly a Roman centurion, who all wake to find they have been abducted and pitted in gladiatorial combat against alien beings.

I seem to recall the officer firing his Luger at some kind of armoured alien and the bullet ricocheting off its carapace, but otherwise I don't remember any specifics.

I believe the story may have been from the 60s or 70s.

1 Answer 1


It's funny how these things work out... I was just reading through an old diary on the 20th anniversary of an overseas journey, and in an entry written almost 20 years ago to the day (November 27, 1996) I mentioned reading "Three Soldiers" from Starry Messenger: The Best of Galileo. Google reveals the story was written by D. C. (David) Poyer in 1978.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.