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THE CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE TERRESTRIENNE HAS NEVER SEEN HIS LIKE…
Retief – the most diplomatic diplomat of the 27th century.
His mission: to gain control of the most desirable planet in the universe – without triggering intergalactic war.
He tries talking … but how does anyone – even Retief – negotiate with an uninhabited planet?
He tries a dice game … but how does gambling help the solar peace organization prevent the malevolent Basurans (who’ve eaten their own planet) from turning to Terra’s prize colony for an after-dinner snack?
The problems Retief faces are just beginning, but as insurmountable as they seem, the indomitable adventurer prevails – and keeps the state of the universe on an even keel!
“The Hoob Melon Crisis” (1975) • novelette;
“The Garbage Invasion” (1972) • novelette;
“An Excerpt from Retief & the Warlords” (Excerpt) (1968) • shortfiction;
“The Troubleshooter” (1975) • novelette;
“The Negotiators” (1975) • shortstory.