Ministry of Disturbance

Author: H. Beam Piper
Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,245 / 59 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,208
Added to site: 2007.02.25
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Sometimes getting a job is harder than the job after you get it--and sometimes getting out of a job is harder than either! This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction, December 1958. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

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hey start dumping their surplus into interstellar trade, they'll cause all kinds of dislocations on other agricultural planets. At least, that's what our computers all say."

And that, of course, was gospel. He nodded.

"Why don't they turn their surplus into whisky? Age it five or six years and it'd be on the luxury goods schedule and they could sell it anywhere."

Count Duklass' eyes widened. "I never thought of that, Your Majesty. Just a microsec; I want to make a note of that. Pass it down to somebody who could deal with it. That's a wonderful idea, Your Majesty!"

* * * * *

He finally got the conversation to an end, and went back to the reports. Security, as usual, had a few items above the dead level of bureaucratic procedure. The planetary king of Excalibur had been assassinated by his brother and two nephews, all three of whom were now fighting among themselves. As nobody had anything to fight with except small arms and a few light cannon, there would be no intervention.

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2007.02.25
Howard (NYC)
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A classic SF story, part of the "future history" that HBP spent his entire career at fleshing out, one piece at a time.


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