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No Truce With Kings

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No Truce With Kings

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Author: Poul Anderson
Publisher: Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1963

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Hugo Award winning story.

Anderson's tale follows Colonel Mackenzie of the Army of the Pacific States of America as civil war breaks out in the wake of the President usurping power. Decades after a nuclear war, the inheritors of the United States of America - rather like the European kingdoms after Rome's fall - are feudal, vie for power, and hope to recapture the technological and, perhaps, political glories of the past.

But, with the Espers, a religion that promises the development of man's latent psychic powers, something new in human history may have been brought into the mix.

No Truce With Kings originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1963. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Hugo Winners, Volume 2: (1963-70) (1971), edtied by Isaac Asimov, Day of the Tyrant (1985), edited by John F. Carr and Jerry Pournelle, A Separate Star: A Science Fiction Tribute to Rudyard Kipling (1989), edited by David Drake and Sandra Miesel, and The Great SF Stories 25 (1963) (1992), edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg. It is included in the collections Time and Stars (1964), Winners (1981) and The Saturn Game (2010). It is half of Tor Double #5: No Truce With Kings / Ship of Shadows (1989, with Fritz Leiber).


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