Dr. Nathaniel B. Smythe, doctor of psychology and engineering. Philanthropist and investor. Grandson of one of the town's founders, and confirmed bachelor. General Franklin F. Fremont, retired general in the army. Explorer and big game hunter. The two men, stalwart friends in a small industrial town on the banks of the Susquehanna River where nothing changes and excitement is discouraged. On the surface, anyway. But there is something rippling beneath the sleepy little town's gentle faÃ§ade. It's been there for as long as anyone can remember. No one talks about it, not even in subdued whispers, but it touches the lives of every residentincluding the two friends. And when Dr. Smythe reveals one of his secret inventions to a bored General Fremont, Hell breaks loose in the form of a demon from another dimension. The two are forced to hunt the creature before it can wreak havoc on the town they both love. It won't be as easy as they think. The doorway they open is but the beginning, and even more horrors wait for them and the rest of the town. This is life on the river. This is life for residents who will do anything to achieve their goals. If the town accepts you, it will give you anything you can dream. Even if the dream is a nightmare. Welcome to Milltown.
Gozzara lived for the hunt. His latest was one made of legend. Before joining his clan, he lands on what's supposed to be an uninhabited planet. There, to his surprise, he finds Silver. She helps to heal his battle wounds there by earning her place with him. Together they proceed to train the clans up-and-coming juveniles to become hunters. Things change when a flying saucer crashes on their training ground. Then things really get out of control when the hunt becomes a life and death situation with very human problems for the big alien.
The late Victorian and Edwardian officer class viewed hunting and big game hunting in particular, as a sound preparation for imperial warfare. For the imperial officer in the making, the a bloodinga (TM) hunting ritual was a visible a hallmarka (TM) of stirling martial masculinity. Sir Henry Newbolt, the period poet of subaltern self-sacrifice, typically considered hunting as essential for the creation of a a masculine sporting spirita (TM) necessary for the consolidation and extension of the empire. Hunting was seen as a manifestation of Darwinian masculinity that maintained a pre-ordained hierarchical order of superordinate and subordinate breeds.
Militarism, Hunting, Imperialism examines these ideas under the following five sections:
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.