Christopher Anvil's "Top Rung" (short story, leadership, free): Even the man at the top needs something to look UP to
James 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.
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Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Christopher Anvil; fiction from 1950s.