The Adventurer

Author: C.M. Kornbluth
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,951 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 8,406
Added to site: 2009.09.05 25200

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....

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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


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Average Rating of 3.3 from 4 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1953) Sci-fi (Future political) / Short story (magazine)

From Space Science Fiction May 1953

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Plot bullets

  • It is the distant future. The US is governed by a dictator, the 24th in the hereditary line.

  • A man arises to attempt an overthrow of that government.

  • Such dynamic strong men willint to shape history are referred to as: The Adventurer.

  • This man finds that he was unknowingly groomed for the position.

  • The scheme works, but not as expected, but the outcome is not unique in history.

Sardo Weems

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.

Dick Thornton

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.

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