Retief of the CDT Author:Keith Laumer If you love your planet you'll love RETIEF OF THE CDT. — In this time of the Terran Renaissance it is difficult to realize that a mere half century ago the Sphere of the Terran Concordiat was pressed from all sides by hostile non-humans, chief among them the implacable Groaci. May those dark days never cloud the skies of Terra again! To this end ... more »let us praise the famous men who held back the eternal darkness for their generations: Ambassador Grossblunder, who only lost half a Sector during his entire career; Ambassador Wroxwrath, who would spend the Fleet to the last ship rather than yield a point of etiquette; the redoubtable Flushbottom, who would yield only to threats of force. Come, let us praise them all!
All except for one: that rascal, that ignorer of niceties in the face of provocation, that...that individualist, Jame Retief. Him we will never praise, even though some say he did save us all.
Another in the zany Retief series, this one has five Retief stories guaranteed to provoke a chuckle because "sometimes quiet diplomacy just doesn't work."« less