The Rebels, published in 1942 in Astounding Science-Fiction

“The Rebels”
Published under the pen name Kurt von Rachel

Publication date: February 1942

Original publication: Astounding Science-Fiction

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Kilkenny Cats

Story description: When Colonel Stephen Gailbraith begins faltering in his resolve to overthrow Fagar the Deliverer,  the head of the longshoremen’s faction conspires with the dictator to send a fleet to conquer New Terre and dispose of the “Idealist.” Gailbraith substitutes a potent intoxicant from the flagship’s water supply, seizes the spacecraft, disables the rest of the Earth’s ships, then takes off with his crew to deal finally with Fagar.