For every evil under the sun, there's an answer. It may be a simple, direct answer; it may be one that takes years, and seems unrelated to the problem. But there's an answer—of a kind....
my father's--artistic--preoccupations obliterated as soon as possible. I wish the Republic to assume a war-like posture--yes; what is it?"
A trembling messenger said: "Mr. President, I have the honor to inform you that the College of Electors has elected you President of the Republic--unanimously."
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Cadet Fourth-Classman Thomas Grayson lay on his bunk and sobbed in an agony of loneliness. The letter from his mother was crumpled in his hand: "--prouder than words can tell of your appointment to the Academy. Darling, I hardly knew my grandfather but I know that you will serve as brilliantly as he did, to the eternal credit of the Republic. You must be brave and strong for my sake--"
He would have given everything he had or ever could hope to have to be back with her, and away from the bullying, sneering fellow-cadets of the Corps. He kissed the letter--and then hastily shoved it under his mattress as he heard footsteps.
He popped to a brace, but it was only his roomma
(1953) Sci-fi (Future political) / Short story (magazine)
From Space Science Fiction May 1953
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Similar in theme to The Boys From Brazil, well-written and to the point. The corporal rises through the ranks rather quickly, but a good read if you get absorbed in the story and can overlook the plot holes until you finish the story.
A very good story, Mr. Kornbluth keeps your attention and provides a lot of entertainment in a short story.
Starts out promising but never goes anywhere.