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The Highest Treason

The Highest Treason by Randall Garrett
By: (1927-1987)

Set in a future in which humanity’s dream of total equality is fully realized and poverty in terms of material wealth has been eliminated, humanity has straight-jacketed itself into the only social system which could make this possible. Class differentiation is entirely horizontal rather than vertical and no matter what one’s chosen field, all advancement is based solely on seniority rather than ability. What is an intelligent and ambitious man to do when enslaved by a culture that forbids him from utilizing his God-given talents? If he’s a military officer in time of war, he might just decide to switch sides. If said officer is a true believer in the principles that enslave him and every bit as loyal as he is ambitious, that’s tantamount to breaking a universal law of physics, but Colonel Sebastian MacMaine has what it takes to meet the challenge.

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Transcriber's Note: This e text was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction, January, 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

The highest treason of all is not so easy to define and be it noted carefully that the true traitor in this case was not singular, but very plural ...

THE HIGHEST ... TREASON

By

RANDALL GARRETT

Illustrated by Gardner

The Prisoner

The two rooms were not luxurious, but MacMaine hadn't expected that they would be. The walls were a flat metallic gray, unadorned and windowless. The ceilings and floors were simply continuations of the walls, except for the glow plates overhead. One room held a small cabinet for his personal possessions, a wide, reasonably soft bed, a small but adequate desk, and, in one corner, a cubicle that contained the necessary sanitary plumbing facilities.

The other room held a couch, two big easy chairs, a low table, some bookshelves, a squat refrigerator containing food and drink for his occasional snacks his regular meals were brought in hot from the main kitchen and a closet that contained his clothing the insignialess uniforms of a Kerothi officer... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - December 24, 2014
Subject: the highest treason
Really enjoyed this book Actually thought provoking and while the end was fairly obvious the journey there was not .Also very well read


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