“I am not a rebel, although you make it an appealing alternative.”
Adrian Stannis is a brilliant scientist fed up with an Empire that treats him like an intellectual slave. He’s a man of peace forced to build weapons of war. Not that he doesn’t agree with the necessity. After all, an advanced alien fleet is invading their galaxy, but he sees the dangers inherent in a society that sacrifices the freedom of its citizens, especially his own, for the sake of security.