Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Randall Garrett's "Penal Servitude" (short story, adventure, free): Ultimate punishment for a tyrant

One of the illustrations by Freas accompanying the short story Penal Servitude by Randall Garrett in Astounding Science Fiction, British edition, June 1958. Image shows the tyrant living in his mind the genocide he committed in the past.
Humans are spread all over galaxy & earth is the superpower quietly mating out
punishment to rulers who overstep.

Decades ago, there was a tyrant named Gianovin t'Lhast on one of these far off worlds who did a lot of genocide & was eventually deposed by earth & sent to an undisclosed location to serve a life sentence.

But earth could never capture General Thugagar Thorgan, Gianovin's right hand man. Now Thorgan is making an attempt at power again. A mole with earth's help will help foil the coup, & we also will discover the terrible punishment earth mates out to bad boys...it gives them a conscience & a life time to live out a guilt they cannot rid of or undo.

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, March 1958.
Download full text as part of the scans of Astounding (British Edition), June 1958 where it was reprinted.
Rating: A.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Randall Garrett.