Imagine a world far away overtaken by an overwhelming fear of attack from others. Into this world comes a misfit official who must struggle to balance the demand for security with his personal doubts about the implications of endemic insecurity for those living upon this world
When he is pitched into a battle against those perpetrating attacks
against this world, how should he and those around him respond? What do
you surrender for security? Everything? Nothing? Where do you draw the
Ordered to a distant planet, the main character finds himself charged with its security. Increasingly, and against his best instincts, he finds that he has to implement measures against those who are perpetrating attacks upon the planetary population and economy. He wonders about the efficacy of these measures, what truly motivates their introduction and has doubts about who is most affected by their introduction. Yet the planet, its governors and people appear to be caught in a spiral of fear and a response to this fear that merely contributes to a greater insecurity.
Then, taking the fight to those who are attacking society and
economy, he pursues them across the planet to confront them far away
from support on the planet’s hostile surface. In the midst of this
pursuit, he again needs to deal with his concerns about the manner in
which his side are dealing with the aggressors. What is fear doing to
those around him? Again what balance needs to be struck between
security and other human values
The story introduces Functionary.
The main character, Functionary, is a member of an elite
governs much of the charted universe.But he is a misfit, a square peg
in a round hole. Functionary finds him sent to a new post on a remote
planet. He finds, to his surprise, that he has been placed in charge of
security in his new posting, a function for which he is profoundly
ill-suited. This appointment effectively places him on a new vocational
path to be expanded upon in future stories.
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