GunnerCade isan SF adventure novel 1byCyril Kornbluth and Judith Merril, originally published under thepen-name Cyril Judd.
Wow,am I slow on the uptake … it’s just now I see how they came upwith the pen-name.
It is fitting that the Emperor rules. Itis fitting that the Armsmen serve the Emperor through the PowerMaster and our particular Stars. While this is so all will be well,to the end of time.
GunnerCade believes this with every atom of his well-conditioned body. Ifnot for the emperor and the unbending rules Cade and his fellowwarriors serve, the world might fall back into the clutches of the Beetu-Nine, the Beefai-voh, and Beethrie-Six. Thanks to the selflesssacrifice of the Emperor, the world has been secure for ten thousandyears.
Cadeis loyal to a fault and nobody can fault his determination to adhereto the rules. His imagination is sadly deficient, which is why itnever occurs to him he should distrust the elderly commoner. So hequaffs the drugged drink she offers him.