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Retief: Emissary to the Stars

Keith Laumer

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Retief, Fiction, Science fiction

An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.


Retief - the most diplomatic diplomat of the 27th century.

His mission: to gain control of the most desirable planet in the universe - without triggering intergalactic war.

He tries talking ... but how does anyone - even Retief - negotiate with an uninhabited planet?

He tries a dice game ... but how does gambling help the solar peace organization prevent the malevolent Basurans (who've eaten their own planet) from turning to Terra's prize colony for an after-dinner snack?

The problems Retief faces are just beginning, but as insurmountable as they seem, the indomitable adventurer prevails - and keeps the state of the universe on an even keel!

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Keith Laumer

Keith Laumer (1925-1993)
John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force. After war service, he spent a year at the University of Stockholm, and then took two bachelor's degrees in science and architecture at the University of Illinois. His first story, Greylorn, was published in 1959, but he returned to the Air Force the following year, only becoming a full-time writer in 1965. Laumer was extremely prolific and produced three major series and two minor ones, along with a number of independent novels. After 1973, however, illness meant that he published more sparingly. He died in 1993.

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