Wed Jun 18 2003 22:41: Today I finished reading The Glory Game by Keith Laumer. It's sort of derivative of the Retief story pattern, but I enjoyed it. I enjoy that pattern. I also enjoy sci-fi stories in which governments are realistic governments rather than charicatures or adjectives; I think of it as just good characterization on the meta-person level. Laumer's non-Retief books do this pretty well. The Glory Game is the first book I've read that contains a Congressional hearing on an attempted alien invasion, which is something I've sort of been looking for. Any others like it?