Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Christopher Anvil's "Top Rung" (short story, leadership, free): Even the man at the top needs something to look UP to

An illustration accompanying the original publication of the story Top Rung by Christopher Anvil in Astounding Science Fiction, July 1958James L Kevv, newly appointed terran ambassador to the country called Gurt on a world called Knackruth, has a tough job ahead: put up with its impossible to get along with dictator, & ensure earth keeps getting supplies of "quadrite" - a material needed for space drives that's rare on earth & abundant on Gurt.

In the process, Kevv will learn something that ails some men at the top & what the fix is.

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, July 1958.
Download full text from Webscription, or as part of the scans of Astounding issue where it originally appeared.
Rating: B.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Christopher Anvil; fiction from 1950s.