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A Slave is A Slave

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"A Slave is A Slave" by H. Beam Piper is a thought-provoking and powerful novella that explores the concept of freedom and independence in a dystopian society where slavery is a common practice. The story follows protagonist Michael, a former Confederate soldier who finds himself enslaved by a group of aliens known as the Throg.

The author does a remarkable job of crafting a compelling narrative that delves into the moral complexities of slavery and oppression. The themes of freedom, identity, and self-determination are expertly explored through Michael's struggles to defy his captors and find a way to assert his agency.

Piper's writing is engaging and evocative, drawing readers into a world that is both alien and familiar at the same time. The character development is strong, particularly in the case of Michael as he grapples with his past, his present circumstances, and his hopes for the future.

Overall, "A Slave is A Slave" is a thought-provoking and gripping read that will resonate with readers who appreciate science fiction that tackles complex social issues. Highly recommended for fans of dystopian literature and speculative fiction.

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The Galactic Empire is slowly 'welcoming' into the family of civilized worlds those systems so far off in the backwater of the galaxy that they have been overlooked and ignored for the past 500 years or so. This is purely routine work because every planet offered the chance has eagerly accepted the invitation. Mainly because the enlightened Empire lets the planetary government continue to rule and do whatever it wants...with a few minor restrictions of course; and because the they are shown what happens to planets who decide not to accept the invitation.

Aditya is the system in question here. Forgotten for almost a millennium but surviving, thank you very much, with an economy based entirely on slavery. Everyone is a slave except for the few thousand Lords Master. What happens when the this type of society meets the Constitution of the Galactic Empire which forbids any type of slavery? What happens when the poor, oppressed slaves are given their freedom? Funny you should ask ....

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