Salvador (short story)

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Author Lucius Shepard
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in Fantasy & Science Fiction
Publication type Magazine
Publication date April 1984

"Salvador" is a science fiction short story published in 1984 by Lucius Shepard. In 1985 it won the Locus Poll award for Best Short Story, the SF Chronicle award for Short Story and was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Short Story.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The story follows Dantzler, a soldier in the Special Forces of the US Military. He and his platoon are in El Salvador looking for Sandinista patrols prior to an invasion of Nicaragua. The soldiers rely on ampules, drugs that help them stay calm and focus their rage, and discover that their increasing use of the drug make it difficult to distinguish between reality and hallucination.