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   Gunner Cade, by Cyril Judd, Judith Merril  
 
  Novel, first publication in March 1952 , latest edition in March 1983
 
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      In the far-flung future, soldiers, called "gunners" live as members of monastic-like orders. They fight only other gunners, who serve other lords, and all serve the Emperor. Unknown to them, the general public follows their exploits with sports-fan-like fascination--how many kills does this gunner have, etc. Cade is an ordinary gunner, proud to serve. By a tremendous combination of coincidence and conspiracy, he is captured by the underground, who try to program him for their own purposes. He escapes, only to find himself a wanted man, branded a traitor, with all gunners ordered to kill him. But along the way he meets this girl, see, and in his quest to find her, he finds himself involved in a DIFFERENT underground conspiracy, and the girl turns out to be the Emperor's neice, naturally, and before you know it we're on a rocketship to Mars to the secret rebel base and...GUNNER CADE is great pulp SF.

     
     
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  • Far Futures
  • Kings, Queens & Princes - Emperors - Kingdoms & Empires
  • Mars
  • Officers - Soldiers
  • Revolution - Revolt - Rebels

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