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D-227 Crisis In 2140 / Gunner Cade VG
Crisis In 2140
By H. Beam Piper & John J. McGuire
This was considered satire in its day. The most remarkable aspect is that it was written 30 years before "A Nation At Risk" was published, back in the ancient times when we thought our schools were doing a good job at turning young skulls full of mush into human beings!
Here is a future society where schools deliberately fail to teach students to read! The few "literates" so necessary to the running of the world are treated as pariahs, forced to wear distinctive white smocks, despised! In light of what is happening in our educational community now, this story should be seriously read and considered.
By C.M. Kornbluth & Judith Merril
(as Cyril Judd)
The Emperor had no more devoted Armsman than Gunner Cade. In this warped civilization of murder and death, Cade fought as he was expcted to, killed as he was programmed to, destroying enemy after enemy until he himself was shot down in honorable battle.
But Cade did not die. After weeks of unconsciouness, he awoke to find himself a fugitive, the object of a world-wide manhunt. With all the skills of a soldier but none of an inhabitant of normal civilization, Cade must make his way to the seat of government.
This secret he does not even know he possesses turns every hand against him, even those of his own commanders!
A clean, tight copy. Each cover has a few crinkles, and a reading crease. Spine is nubbed at corners. Pages are tan.