The Nameless Horror

Charlie Stross on WWI

Dave, if you’re reading this, I’d like you to imagine the class you were a member of at age 16. This class probably had 20-25 boys in it. To put the first world war in perspective, I’d like you to line your classmates up against a notional wall. Now imagine it’s 1914, and you and your classmates are 16, and we’re going to emulate the first world war. I want you to take a revolver, load one chamber with a bullet, and play Russian Roulette with each boy in turn. One random trigger pull each, up close against their head. If the gun doesn’t go off, fine: if it blows their skull apart, reload with one round and proceed to the next boy.

(Busy so never got round to posting this on the 11th.)