A short story search. It's been many years since I read this, so apologies if I screw up. (Spoiler alert) The U.S. President is apparently guilty of starting a terrible war, which decimates much of the world. He ends up in a small town, with amnesia, sick and weak, and the folks have figured out who he is. Instead of turning him in for war crimes, they look after him, because of the office he once held, fending off investigators. I am writing a story with a similar theme and want to give credit to my inspiration.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Any idea when it was you read this? Did you read it in a magazine, an anthology or online?
    – DavidW
    Jan 23 at 23:16
  • Thank you - I believe I read it in an anthology. Would have been before electricity and the Internet. I did not read the sci-fi mags very often. Jan 23 at 23:18
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    Makes me think of "A Clean Escape" by John Kessel, which has a post-nuclear war president with amnesia, but the survivors are not trying to protect him.
    – Andrew
    Jan 24 at 0:16
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    Thank you...this one version is bittersweet, which is why I remember it. The little indignant speech by one of the town's residents about why they are taking care of him. He is not in good shape, mentally or emotionally. I think it is hinted that he is devastated by what he did, but I might be making that part up. Jan 24 at 1:00
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    I just reviewed the plot of A Clean Escape. Very cool story, but not the one I am looking for. Jan 24 at 1:04


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