The Chattanooga Choo-Choo
1400 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
"Lone Star Planet" by H. Beam Piper, adapted by Ron N. Butler
When Stephen Silk is sent to the planet of New Texas, he thinks he's being sent to do three small things: Take over for the recently assassinated ambassador from the Solar League (and find out who did it while he's there), convince the fiercely independent world to join the Solar League, and head off a potential alien invasion. When he arrives, however, he quickly finds himself in the midst of a culture that guards its freedoms jealously, which puts a bit of a twist on the investigation. Can Silk stand before the Court of Political Justice and convince the tribunal that the victim being a politician isn't an acceptable defense against murder? Can he unmask the killers and reveal the conspiracy that motivated them? And just how insulting is it that the new ambassador is packing heat?