I am trying to track down a sci fi short story from a magazine. Been bugging me for years.
Not sure what magazine - journal size 7-8" x 10-11" - approx 70 pages when I picture holding it. I got the magazine some time during 1977-1979, though the cover was missing. The father of the person I got it from was a collector of magazine cover artwork. So older than 1979 but not sure how old.
It did seem more like young adult science fiction.
A man in his 20's wakes up to find he is in the middle of a World War I-type battle. However it is not WWI. He is on a 'war planet' where disputes are settled. Rather than all out war, the two sides select war conditions and fight it out on this planet to resolve the dispute. The rules selected for this battle was WWI conditions.
- Not single combat (like Arena).
- Many 'soldiers' were there for both sides.
- Not sure if disputing sides choose the planet (I think this was the case) or if another advanced species forces it (like Arena).
- The setting is almost exactly like Occupation: Warrior but more entrenched.
- Centered on a group of the soldiers
- I think the main character didn't volunteer to be part of the fight and may not have even been from one of the two races in the dispute.
- The person didn't really know what he was doing or clearly understand fully why he was there.
- At the climax, a group of 4 or 5 soldiers were in a bunker or trench.
- There was a star shaped pit in the middle (grenade sump) that had to be explained to the main character.
- I remember a grenade being thrown in and shoved into a grenade pit as a key event. One of the other characters may have been killed sacrificing himself by covering the pit.
- The main character was knocked out by the blast and woke up with the war over and was heading back home.