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I am trying to find a story I read a while ago, but I can't remember all of the details. This was probably a short story, either in a collection or a sci-fi magazine. I usually read Analog, Asimov's, and Fantasy and Science Fiction, but I didn't find it in the issues I still have.

Basically there are these enhanced Brute soldiers (I think that's actually what they are called, but I can't remember for sure) that are operated remotely by other soldiers. These are biological brutes, this is NOT Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman. One of the only other details that I can remember is that one of the brute soldiers is thought to be killed in action, but later turns up (I think fighting in a cage match?), and it is discovered that they have more of a mind than the operators were lead to believe. I'm 99% sure this is set on Earth.

  • Can you remember what media this was? Book, film, etc.? Are there any other specific plot points you can remember? If so could you edit in some extra information? – TheLethalCarrot Jul 1 at 22:38
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  • Just to eliminate a few possibilities: From Steve's summary, I feel certain that his story is not "Call Me Joe" by Poul Anderson, nor "The Body Builders" by Keith Laumer. Both stories start with the premise of an intelligent man making his living by remote-controlling a big strong body to do dangerous things (gladiatorial combat in Laumer's case; exploring and colonizing the surface of Jupiter in Anderson's case), but the plots go in very different directions from what Steve describes. – Lorendiac Jul 2 at 2:25

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