A.E. Van Vogt
In his initial address to the Patronate, following
Venus, Tews said among other things, "It is difficult for
but Linn is now without formidable enemies anywhere. Our opponents on Mars
and Venus having been decisively defeated by our forces in
decades, we are now in a unique historical position: the sole great
reconstruction seems inevitable."
He retrned to the palace with the cheers of the Patronate ringing
his ears, his mood one of thoughtful jubilation.
reported that the patrons gave him a great deal
victory on Venus. After all, the war had dragged on for a long time before
his arrival. And then, abruptly,
contribution. It required no astuteness for Tews to
such circumstances, he could generously bestow a triumph
lose nothing by the other's honors.
Despite his own words to the Patronate,
peaceful weeks went by, progressively amazed at the reality of what he had
said: no enemies. Nothing to fear. Even yet, it
that the universe belonged to Linn
now in his own sphere in a position of power over more subjects
man had ever been. So it seemed to the dazzled Tews.
He would be a devoted
hastily, disowning the momentary pride. He
would reflect the glory of Linn and the golden age of Tews. The vision was
magnificent plans and took no concrete action of any kind.
He was informed presently that Clane had returned from Venus. Shortly
thereafter he received a message from the mutation.
Lord Adviser Tews
My most honored uncle: I should like to visit you and describe to you
the result of several conversations between my brother Jerrin
concerning potential dangers for the empire. They do not seem severe,
we are both concerned about the preponderance of slaves as aganst citizens
on Earth, and we are unhappy about our lack of knowledge
situation among the peoples of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
Since these are the only dangers in
every aspect of the problem the more certain we can be that the destiny of
Linn will be under the control of intelligent action and not
future by the necessary opportunism that has been for so many
the main element of government.
Your obedient nephew,