Rogue Queen

Worker Iroedh was confused. Though she was a lover of antiquity, she really could put no faith in the Oracle's prophecy. It was true that strange beings, Terrans, had come from beyond the heavens. But these "men" were no gods. Had not she seen them making fools of themselves over a silly things called "love"? Was this the action of the gods?

Certainly no god of the Avtini would carry on like this. Avtini gods would "love" only a Community, with its self-respecting groups of workers and drones and its highly productive Queen.

As as for Queens, why no Avtini Queen would go rogue. Only a few mad drones had ever been known to desert the Community. And their lives were the price of this antisocial action.

No, Iroedh could not understand the prophecy and so it must be false.

But Iroedh was soon to learn that the prophecy has a way of coming true, and that even the most unassuming, antiquarian Worker might be born to rule.

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, November 1972

Printed in the United States of America

eISBN: 978-1-62579-212-9

Copyright 1951 by L. Sprague de Camp

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