Year of publication: 1996
Sequence of author: Vorkosigan saga(№1)
Lois McMaster Bujold
Science fiction, Space opera
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Lois McMaster Bujold Cetaganda CHAPTER ONE "Now is it, 'Diplomacy is the art of war pursued by other men,'" asked Ivan, "or was it the other way around? 'War is diplo—'" "All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means," Miles intoned. "Chou En Lai, twentieth century, Earth." "What are you, a walking reference library?" "No, but Commodore Tung is. He collects Wise Old Chinese Sayings, and makes me memorize 'em." "So was old Chou a diplomat, or a warrior?" Lieutenant Miles Vorkosigan thought it over. "I think he must have been a diplomat." Miles's seat straps pressed against him as the attitude jets fired, banking the personnel pod in which he and Ivan sat across from each other in lonely splendor. Their two benches lined a short fuselage. Miles craned his neck for a glimpse past the pod pilots shoulder at the planet turning below them. Eta Ceta IV, the heart and homeworld of the sprawling Cetagandan empire. Miles supposed eight...