Genre: Science Fiction
Short Story Type: Short Story
Summary: Young Queen Mary has been ousted from her throne by an usurper. While fleeing to safety she meets up with a strange man named Trent Wade. Wade is armed with guns the like no one has ever seen. He offers to teach her allies how to make more such guns. But will there be a price for such advances?
What weighed so heavily on Wade’s mind were the ethics of the situation. As he learned the history of the weapons he’d introduced he stumbled onto the social and political effects of them. There was a lot that could result from the battle, and not all of it was good.
But faster than a ship could enter stardrive he dismissed his doubts. “King” Morgan was a religious fanatic, a butcher, and a primitive chauvinist. Mary would not only be a good Queen, but she was right for her time. And he still didn’t think he’d have been very safe in Morgan’s hands.
Feeling better, Wade decided to go out on a nature walk, and try to listen in on the generals. He strode out of the room reassured and confident.