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

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

Order of Childe Cycle Series

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1Dorsai! / The Genetic General 1960Description / Buy
2Necromancer / No Room for Man 1962Description / Buy
3Soldier, Ask Not 1964Description / Buy
4Tactics Of Mistake 1971Description / Buy
5Spirit of Dorsai 1979Description / Buy
6Lost Dorsai 1980Description / Buy
7The Final Encyclopedia 1984Description / Buy
8The Dorsai Companion 1986Description / Buy
9The Chantry Guild 1988Description / Buy
10Young Bleys 1991Description / Buy
11Other 1994Description / Buy
12Antagonist 2007Description / Buy

Order of Under the Sea Series

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

Order of Dilbia Series

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

Order of Sea People Series

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

Order of Dragon and the George Series

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

Order of Jim Eckert Series

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1Beyond the Dar Al-Harb 1985Description / Buy

Order of War and Honor Series

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

Order of Combat Command Series by Troy Denning

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

Order of The Good Stuff Series

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

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Standalone Novels

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

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Collections

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

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Gordon R. Dickson Non-Fiction Books

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

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

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

Order of Hoka Collections with Poul Anderson

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1Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! 1983Description / Buy

Gordon R. Dickson Anthologies

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1 The Day the Sun Stood Still1972Description / Buy
2 Wondermakers 21974Description / Buy
3 Alpha 61976Description / Buy
4 Beyond Tomorrow1976Description / Buy
5 Nebula Awards 121978Description / Buy
6 Nebula Winners No. 12: Sfwa's Choices for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year1978Description / Buy
7 Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers1988Description / Buy
8 Dragons1997Description / Buy
9 Robert Silverberg Presents the Great Science Fiction Stories (1964)2001Description / 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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