"Notes from the General Secretariat"  
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Author Harry Turtledove, as Mark Gordian
First Appearance Analog Magazine
Reprinted No
Collected No
Series Kelvin R. Throop
Genre(s) Political satire
Publication date August, 1985

"Notes from the General Secretariat" is a short story by Harry Turtledove, published under the name Mark Gordian. It was published in the August, 1985 issue of Analog (which also contained "Les Mortes d'Arthur", a story Turtledove published under his pseudonym Eric G. Iverson). It has not been reprinted.

The story is Turtledove's contribution to the Kelvin R. Throop series, a tongue-in-cheek shared universe, endemic to Analog. As with the previous Throop works, the story features Throop working in a bureaucracy which he is causing to self-destruct through a series of disrespectful memos and letters. In this story, Throop, under the name "Beals Becker", has taken a position in the United Nations, and issues a number of sarcastic and insulting memos and letters to various public officials.

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Turtledove stories with a similar bureaucratic epistolary format: