War Game

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First published in Galaxy Dec 1959

Leon Wiseman is in charge of making sure imported Ganymedean toys are safe for human children. His preoccupation with an ultimately benign group of toy soldiers that storms a citadel allows a Monopoly-like board game to slip through the approval process with ironic results. The end of this one made me laugh.

Cast of characters

  • Leon Wiseman – works at the Terran Import Bureau of Standards
  • Fowler – Wiseman’s boss
  • Pinario – works in the testing labs of the Import Bureau
  • Joe Hauck – sales manager at a toy store
  • Bobby and Lora Hauck – Joe Hauck’s children