Gordon R. Dickson Books

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Gordon R. Dickson was a Canadian author best known for the Dorsai series of novels. While his work wasn’t quite as renowned among mainstream audiences as Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, he accrued more critical acclaim, which is why he was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame (Science Fiction and Fantasy).

Order of Hoka Series with Poul Anderson

# Read Title Published Details
1 Earthman's Burden 1957 Description / Buy
2 Star Prince Charlie 1975 Description / Buy
3 Hoka! 1983 Description / Buy
4 Hokas Pokas! 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Childe Cycle Series with David W. Wixon

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1 Dorsai! / The Genetic General 1960 Description / Buy
2 Necromancer / No Room for Man 1962 Description / Buy
3 Soldier, Ask Not 1964 Description / Buy
4 Tactics Of Mistake 1971 Description / Buy
5 Spirit of Dorsai 1979 Description / Buy
6 Lost Dorsai 1980 Description / Buy
7 The Final Encyclopedia 1984 Description / Buy
8 The Chantry Guild 1988 Description / Buy
9 Young Bleys 1991 Description / Buy
10 Other 1994 Description / Buy
11 Antagonist ( With: David W. Wixon) 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Childe Cycle Short Story Collections

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1 The Dorsai Companion 1986 Description / Buy

Order of Under the Sea Series

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1 Secret Under the Sea (Short Story) 1960 Description / Buy
2 Secret under Antarctica 1963 Description / Buy
3 Secret Under the Caribbean (Short Story) 1964 Description / Buy

Order of Dilbia Series

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1 Spacial Delivery 1960 Description / Buy
2 Space Paw 1969 Description / Buy
3 The Right to Arm Bears 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Sea People Series

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1 The Space Swimmers 1967 Description / Buy
2 Home from the Shore 1978 Description / Buy

Order of Dragon and the George Series

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1 The Dragon and the George 1976 Description / Buy
2 The Dragon Knight 1990 Description / Buy
3 The Dragon at War 1992 Description / Buy
4 The Dragon on the Border 1992 Description / Buy
5 The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll 1994 Description / Buy
6 The Dragon and The Djinn 1996 Description / Buy
7 The Dragon & the Gnarly King 1997 Description / Buy
8 The Dragon in Lyonesse 1998 Description / Buy
9 The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Jim Eckert Series

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1 Beyond the Dar Al-Harb 1985 Description / Buy

Order of War and Honor Series

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1 The Harriers/Of War and Honor ( With: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) 1991 Description / Buy
2 Blood and War ( With: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Christopher Stasheff) 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Combat Command Series by Troy Denning

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1 Combat Command: In the World of Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Shines the Name ( By: Mark Acres) 1987 Description / Buy
2 The omega rebellion ( By: Troy Denning) 1987 Description / Buy
3 Combat Command in the World of Jerry E. Pournelle's Janissaries, Lord of Lances ( By: Mark Acres) 1988 Description / Buy
4 Dorsai's Command 1989 Description / Buy

Order of The Good Stuff Series

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1 The Good Old Stuff 1998 Description / Buy
2 The Good Stuff 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Standalone Novels

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1 Alien from Arcturus aka Arcturus Landing 1956 Description / Buy
2 Mankind on the Run aka On the Run 1956 Description / Buy
3 Time to Teleport 1960 Description / Buy
4 Naked to the Stars 1961 Description / Buy
5 Delusion World 1961 Description / Buy
6 Mission to Universe 1965 Description / Buy
7 The Alien Way 1965 Description / Buy
8 Space Winners 1965 Description / Buy
9 Wolfling 1969 Description / Buy
10 None but Man 1969 Description / Buy
11 Mutants 1970 Description / Buy
12 Hour of the Horde 1970 Description / Buy
13 Sleepwalker's World 1971 Description / Buy
14 The Outposter 1971 Description / Buy
15 The Pritcher Mass 1972 Description / Buy
16 Alien Art 1973 Description / Buy
17 The R-Master 1973 Description / Buy
18 The Last Master 1973 Description / Buy
19 Ancient, My Enemy 1974 Description / Buy
20 Gremlins Go Home ( With: Ben Bova) 1974 Description / Buy
21 The Lifeship / Lifeboat ( With: Harry Harrison) 1975 Description / Buy
22 Time Storm 1977 Description / Buy
23 The Far Call 1978 Description / Buy
24 Pro 1978 Description / Buy
25 Masters of Everon 1979 Description / Buy
26 The Man from Earth 1983 Description / Buy
27 Jamie the Red 1984 Description / Buy
28 Survival 1984 Description / Buy
29 Secrets of the Deep 1985 Description / Buy
30 Steel Brother 1985 Description / Buy
31 The Forever Man 1986 Description / Buy
32 The Last Dream 1986 Description / Buy
33 Mindspan 1986 Description / Buy
34 Way of the Pilgrim 1987 Description / Buy
35 The Earth Lords 1988 Description / Buy
36 Wolf and Iron 1990 Description / Buy
37 The Magnificent Wilf 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Collections

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1 Time Grabber (Short Story) 1952 Description / Buy
2 Analog 1 1964 Description / Buy
3 Planet Run 1967 Description / Buy
4 The Book of Gordon Dickson 1970 Description / Buy
5 Danger-human 1970 Description / Buy
6 The Star Road 1973 Description / Buy
7 In Iron Years 1980 Description / Buy
8 Love Not Human 1981 Description / Buy
9 Forward 1985 Description / Buy
10 Invaders 1985 Description / Buy
11 The Man the Worlds Rejected 1986 Description / Buy
12 The Stranger 1987 Description / Buy
13 In the Bone 1987 Description / Buy
14 Guided Tour 1988 Description / Buy
15 Beginnings 1988 Description / Buy
16 Ends 1988 Description / Buy
17 Bootcamp 3000 1992 Description / Buy
18 Hour of the Gremlins 2002 Description / Buy
19 The Human Edge 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Short Stories/Novellas

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1 No Shield from the Dead (Short Story) 1953 Description / Buy
2 It Hardly Seems Fair (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Non-Fiction Books

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1 Green Guide: Mushrooms and Toadstools (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Hoka Collections with Poul Anderson

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1 Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! 1983 Description / Buy

Order of War and Honor Series with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Christopher Stasheff

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1 Blood and War ( With: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Christopher Stasheff) 1993 Description / Buy

Gordon R. Dickson Anthologies

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1 The Day the Sun Stood Still 1972 Description / Buy
2 Wondermakers 2 1974 Description / Buy
3 Alpha 6 1976 Description / Buy
4 Beyond Tomorrow 1976 Description / Buy
5 Nebula Awards 12 1978 Description / Buy
6 Nebula Winners No. 12: Sfwa's Choices for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 1978 Description / Buy
7 Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers 1988 Description / Buy
8 Dragons 1997 Description / Buy
9 Robert Silverberg Presents the Great Science Fiction Stories (1964) 2001 Description / Buy
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Dickson was born in 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta. He stayed in Edmonton until his father died. Then he migrated to Minneapolis with his mother. That was in 1937. The author spent the early to mid-40s in the US Army (1943-46). Eventually, circumstances took him to the University of Minnesota.

People that know Dickson for his novels might be surprised to learn that his first published piece of fiction was ‘Trespass’, a short story. Dickson cannot take all the credit for the short story because he collaborated with Poul Anderson to write it. It eventually appeared in ‘Fantastic Stories Quarterly’ in 1950.

The next three stories Dickson published he wrote on his own. They appeared in ‘Astounding Science Fiction’ and ‘Planet Stories’. Dickson’s first novel was ‘Alien from Arcturus’. The novel, which was published in 1956, had a seriousness that went on to appear in the author’s later works, with the Dorsai series being the most popular.

The Dorsai books attempted to explore humanity’s evolutionary potential as Dickson saw it. He introduced a genetic offshoot of humankind that he used to explore various ethical quandaries. Interestingly enough, Dickson’s earlier works were humorous, especially the radio plays and westerns.

The stories he wrote became more tragic over time. Though, his admirers have noted that he had an uncanny ability to blend serious themes with a light-hearted, and even comical tone. The Canadian filled his stories with opposing figures and forces that had to learn to corporate for the greater good. Dickson performed meticulous research for his books and it showed in the impressive detail that appeared in his work.

Gordon R. Dickson Awards

Dickson’s collection of accolades includes the Hugo Award (1965, 1981), Nebula Award (1967), and the British Fantasy Society Award (1977).

Gordon R. Dickson Books Into Movies

Rankin/Bass produced an animated movie in 1982 called ‘The Flight of Dragons’. It was based on the Gordon R. Dickson novel ‘The Dragon and the George’.

Best Gordon R. Dickson Books

People have called the author gregarious and engaging. He died in 2001. Some of Dickson’s best novels include:

Dorsai: No other race on the fourteen worlds that humanity calls home compares to the Dorsai. They are the ultimate warriors, strong, honorable, fierce, respected, and feared in equal parts. Because the Dorsai has mastered war, they have become an invaluable force among those circles that rely on mercenaries to do their work.

One Dorsai stands out even among his people. As tall and hardy as the Dorsai are, Graeme is taller and hardier. His talents have exceeded even those of his people. Once Graeme begins his journey, nothing will remain the same.

Dorsai is the first novel in the Childe Cycle series. It introduces readers to a universe where every world has a specialized society that has nurtured specific skills and attributes. The Dorsai live in a world filled with talented fighters.

Because their world lacks resources, the Dorsai spend their days selling their skills to planetary governments that require mercenaries. On the surface, Graeme, the hero, looks just like any other Dorsai that came before him. But as he ventures into the stars, it quickly becomes clear that Graeme has an extraordinary destiny.

The Dragon and The George: Jim Eckert was determined to get his betrothed back. He was willing to make any sacrifice. He thought he understood the stakes. But then he followed Angie through an astral projection machine. When he woke up, Jim was shocked to find that he had landed in the body of a dragon.

Angie was still human, but her fate wasn’t any better. The world they now inhabited was filled with magical creatures and monsters. To these beasts, humans were food. One such beast, a dragon, had captured Angie. Jim had to get her back, a task that was easier said than done.

Before he could put his plan into motion, Jim had to come to terms with his new reality, one in which logic had gone out the window and magic had come to life.

When Does The Next Gordon R. Dickson book come out?

Gordon R. Dickson doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is No Shield from the Dead and was released on November, 17th 2014. It is the newest book in the Gordon R. Dickson Short Stories/Novellas.

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