To disobey the orders of theCouncil of Four was unthinkableto a Space Admiral of the oldschool. But the trouble was,the school system had changed.A man, a fighter, an Admiralhad to think for himself now, ifhis people were to live.
"Even Grefen." That vote had stabbed deepest of all.
Jezef took it with the detachment that still irritated Tulan. "The end of a hundred years of dreams; and we go back under the yoke. Well, they've always been soft masters."
They reached the ground cars. Before getting into his own Tulan said coldly, "Since you're so philosophical about it, you'll be a good one to bear the sight of men saying good-bye to their families. We're to take full crews to Coar and surrender them with the ships. Requisition what help you need and get everybody aboard by noon tomorrow."
Jezef saluted with a hint of amused irony, and left.
* * * * *
Whipping through the dark icy streets, Tulan smiled sourly, thinking how Sennech's scientists had reversed themselves on the theory of hyperspace now that Coar had demonstrated its existence. Maybe the Council was right in mistrusting their current notions. As for himself, he saw only two things to consider: that with Coar swinging behind the sun, the accuracy of her new weapon had gone to pot; and that before she was clear again he could pound her into surrender.
His swift campaigns had alrea
The home planet's fleet all but wiped out the enemy's ships, but the enemy's new weapon was devastating the home planet from across the solar system. The admiral of the fleet, Tulan, is sure one more attack will conquer the enemy, but he is ordered to surrender his ships and men to the enemy. He mutinies.
Some people may find the last half of the story boring, but if you can follow the military tactics and the explanations of hyperspace, you might find it an interesting argument to keep military minds very far away from the ability to make important decisions.
With new and powerful weapons of mass destruction, Civilian and military leaders at odds, a planetary war in progress; all the good intentions and superb strategy may come to nothing in preventing total disaster. Unless....the situation gets to the point where cooperation can finally be sought to utilize the assets remaining to prevent extinction.