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Soldier, Ask Not
     

Soldier, Ask Not

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by Gordon R. Dickson
 

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On the sixteen colonized worlds, mankind had changed, evolved into something that was slightly more than human...and slightly less. Men of War on the Dorsai worlds, men of Faith on the Friendly Worlds of Harmony and Association, men of Science, the Exotics of Kultis and Mara, and the Splinter cultures which had produced even stranger new talents.

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On the sixteen colonized worlds, mankind had changed, evolved into something that was slightly more than human...and slightly less. Men of War on the Dorsai worlds, men of Faith on the Friendly Worlds of Harmony and Association, men of Science, the Exotics of Kultis and Mara, and the Splinter cultures which had produced even stranger new talents.

Those who knew said it was the Dorsai who supplied soldiers to the sixteen worlds. The Friendlies supplied cannon fodder, common soldiers who could be relied on to obey orders at all times.

But even cannon fodder can sometimes produce genius. Jamethon Black is a true soldier, and a true man of faith. Now he must face a deadly enemy—an enemy whose defeat will forever separate Black from the only woman he has ever loved.

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Poul Anderson
Dickson is among the best storytellers we have ever had...one of the finest makers that our field has ever known.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812504002
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Series:
Childe Cycle Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.80(d)

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Ben Bova
[The Childe Cycle is] the grandest saga in the history of Science Fiction.

Meet the Author

Gordon R. Dickson was the Hugo- and Nebula-winning author of many classics of fantasy and science fiction, most famously the Childe Cycle (also known as the Dorsai series). He died in 2001.

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Soldier, Ask Not 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a departure from the usual character point of view in the Childe Cycle, in that, this novel is of an Earthman (Old Earth) not that of a Dorsai or another member of the Splinter Cultures. We meet Mr. Tam Olyn, and (if you have read Dorsai, Tactics of Mistake, etc.) we are shocked to find that there are forces in the universe at work other than: power, honor, greed, fanatic religion, war, and duty. This Earthman is motivated simply by REVENGE. Tam Olyn's warped and mentally abusive childhood has prepared him to interact with the rest of humanity as an amoral psychopathic maniac with the goal of DESTRUCTION (capitalized for those of you who know what that means). His rise to power rivals that of Donal Graeme in Dorsai. In fact, this book is of the same timeline as Dorsai (whereas Necromancer, Tactics of Mistake, and The Spirit of Dorsai took us on a journey of the past); however, it is not necessary to have read Dorsai to fully enjoy this novel. Nor is it necessary to continue the Childe Cycle afterward because this book is totally satisfying in itself. We learn about the origins of The Final Encyclopedia and have a glimpse what that great human effort is all about. ***The front and back covers of the book focus on Jamethon Black, who's decision in this book is certainly pivotal; however, Mr. Tam Olyn - Earthman - is about whom this book is mostly concerned.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, though. Why is this not a book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!