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Gordon R Dickson


(Gordon Rupert Dickson)
Canada (1923 - 2001)

Gordon Dickson was as influential as Robert A. Heinlein in the creation of the sub-genre of military space opera--his Dorsai! is a significantly more considered work than Heinlein's Starship Troopers. It inaugurated a sequence of Future History novels in which the isolation of colonies has produced specialized sub-species of humanity--dominated by the warrior, the religious, the mystic and the acquisitive temperaments, for example--which produce fertile chaos when brought back into close contact and are the key to humanity's future transcendence; Dickson projected a sequence of historical novels linked to the Dorsai books which through representative figures would clarify his argument--his sympathies and the readers tend to be mostly with the ethical mercenaries of the Dorsai, but Dickson's portrayal and perception of the military virtues is sufficiently complex constantly to wrongfoot our expectations. Dickson's best non-sequence novel is probably Time Storm in which a motley group of adventurers cope with a landscape drawn from all of Earth's history; its charismatic flawed hero has an attractive unhappiness to balance his omnicompetence. A fantasy sequence, which started with The Dragon and the George, sets a contemporary adventurer loose in a magic world at once comic and ethically complex where human beings and dragons share a common culture.
 
Novels
Alien from ArcturusMankind on the RunTime to TeleportDelusion World
Naked to the StarsThe Alien WayMission to UniverseSpace Winners
None But ManWolflingHour of the HordeSleepwalker's World
The OutposterThe Pritcher MassThe R-MasterAlien Art
Gremlins, Go Home!The LifeshipTime StormThe Far Call
ProMasters of EveronThe Man from EarthThe Last Master
Jamie the RedSecrets of the DeepSteel BrotherThe Dorsai Companion
The Forever ManWay of the PilgrimThe Earth LordsWolf and Iron
The Magnificent Wilf
 
Omnibus
Hour of the GremlinsGordon R Dickson SF Gateway Omnibus: Tactics of Mistake / Time Storm / Dragon and the George
 
Collections
Planet RunDanger - HumanThe Day the Sun Stood Still: Three Original Novellas of Science FictionThe Star Road
MutantsAncient, My EnemyIn the Bone: The Best Science Fiction of Gordon R. DicksonGordon R. Dickson's SF Best
In Iron YearsLove Not HumanDickson!Survival!
Forward!Invaders!The Last DreamMindspan
The Man the Worlds RejectedStrangerGuided TourBeginnings
EndsThe Human EdgeTime Grabber
 
Novellas
It Hardly Seems FairNo Shield from the DeadIdiot SolvantThe Question
 
Series contributed to
Nebula Winners 12
 
Combat Command (with Troy Denning and Cory Glaberson)
8. Dorsai's Command (1989)
Dorsai's Command: In the World of Gordon R. Dickson's Dorsai
 
Anthologies edited
Combat SFFutureloveSpace Dogfights
 
Anthologies containing stories by Gordon R Dickson
Analog 1Analog 6Nebula Award Stories 2Nebula Award Stories 1
One Hundred Years of Science FictionNova 1The Hugo Winners 1963-1967The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus
AstoundingTo Follow a StarThe Infinite ArenaThe Best of Analog
Aliens!The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume FourRandom Access Messages of the Computer AgeMercenaries of Tomorrow
Space WarsThe Ascent of WonderThe Good Old StuffIntergalactic Mercenaries
Dragons: The Greatest StoriesMy Favorite Science Fiction Story
 
Short stories
The Present State of Igneos Research
Sleight of Wit
The Monkey Wrench (1951)
Black Charlie (1954)
Joy in Mudville (1955) (with Poul Anderson)
St. Dragon and the George (1957)
The Christmas Present (1958)
Last Voyage (1958)
The Dreamsman (1959)
The Man in the Mailbag (1959)
An Honorable Death (1961)
Home from the Shore [short story] (1962)
Dolphin's Way (1964)
Soldier, Ask Not [short story] (1964)Hugo
Computers Don't Argue (1965)Nebula (nominee)
Call Him Lord (1966)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula
Jackal's Meal (1969)
Jean Dupres (1970)Hugo (nominee)
Brothers (1973)
The Cloak and the Staff (1980)Hugo
Lost Dorsai [short story] (1980)Hugo
See Now, a Pilgrim (1985)


Awards
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1960) : Dorsai!
Hugo Best Short story winner (1965) : Soldier, Ask Not [short story]
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1966) : Computers Don't Argue
Hugo nominee (1967) : Call Him Lord
Nebula winner (1967) : Call Him Lord
Hugo Best Short story nominee (1971) : Jean Dupres
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1977) : The Dragon and the George
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1977) : The Dragon and the George
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1978) : Time Storm
Hugo winner (1981) : The Cloak and the Staff
Hugo winner (1981) : Lost Dorsai [short story]
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Final Encyclopedia
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1988) : Way of the Pilgrim


Books about Gordon R Dickson
Gordon R. Dickson: Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1983) by Raymond H Thompson
Gordon R. Dickson (1989) by Gordon Benson and Phil Stephensen-Payne
 
Gordon R Dickson recommends
Dinosaur Beach
Dinosaur Beach (1971)
Keith Laumer
"Unrivalled not only in its class, but in a class by itself."
All One Universe
All One Universe (1996)
Poul Anderson
"The great canvas of interstellar space comes alive under his hand as it does under no other."



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