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I'm trying to recall a short science fiction story, I think from the 80's.

It involved a military strike team, going through some tunnels/maze with deadly traps in each section which kill off various members of the team.

The very last guy arrives and talks to the person in the bunker who informs him he is his successor. I think they call this guy the, "Great Satan(?)". He basically suppresses the excessive military in the world, firing missiles if anyone steps out of line, aka, the sole superpower.

I was originally thinking it might be a John Varley story but it's not him.

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  • I remember a sort of similar story, I think by Harlan Ellison, that involved a strike team trying to make their way to a heavily fortified location, but the watcher was an AI. They wanted to blind it, feeding it pre-recorded information on a loop that showed everything being okay, so that humanity could go back to warring again. I don't remember the title. – Will Feldman Dec 28 '14 at 0:07
  • @WillFeldman - Or Colossus:The Forbin Project, where a computer (basically the precursor to SKynet) takes over the world by threatening to nuke everyone. – Valorum Dec 28 '14 at 0:11
  • I know I've seen this question here before... the kicker is the bit in the end where the last guy takes over the job of the guy in the center. – FuzzyBoots Dec 28 '14 at 14:16
  • Same as [this one[(scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/72665/…)? – user14111 Aug 10 '15 at 9:27

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