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Dorsai Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai The ultimate warriors they are known for their deadly rages unbreakable honor and fierce independence No

  • Title: Dorsai!
  • Author: Gordon R. Dickson
  • ISBN: 9780441160167
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder thanThroughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same.

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    1. Michael on said:

      It's interesting that I'd book end the reading list for my SciFi and Fantasy book discussion group with two novels, published in the same year, both up for the Hugo that year and credited with the rise of military sci-fi. The two novels are Gordon R. Dickson's "Dorsai!" and Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers." Both are heralded as influential and classics of their particular little cul-de-sac of science-fiction literature.But go into any bookstore today and you'd easily find multiple copies [...]

    2. Andrew on said:

      And so another title off my "got to get round to reading it" list is ticket off. This time the first of the Childe Cycle (although I have always called it the Dorsai series). The premise is that you have a series of worlds (14 in all in this book) that have through reasons explored in the book separated out to very specific and highly specialised societies - in the case of Dorsai - instinct and talented soldiers. The whole (known) universe operated on the principle that each planet trades these [...]

    3. Dirk Grobbelaar on said:

      Whether Dorsai is to your particular taste or not, you’ll find echoes of it in almost every other modern Military Science Fiction novel. Released around the same time as Starship Troopers, these two novels pretty much kickstarted the genre. Some folks prefer the more visceral, “man on the ground” approach of Troopers, while others gravitate toward the strategic , or long view, approach of Dorsai!. Either way, it didn’t take authors long to realise the benefits of combining both these two [...]

    4. Stephen on said:

      5.0 stars. Absolutely superb, classic SF by one of the masters. Dorsai is a great example of the science fiction "superman" and Gordon Dickson's plot incorporates him very well. Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1960)

    5. Jim on said:

      This is the first of the Childe Cycle, a series of 11 books that was written across almost 50 years. I've read most of the series, some books twice, but I've never managed to read them in order or even within the same decade. By some odd chance, I wound up getting the entire series, except for the last book, so I think I'll read them all again in published order, since I haven't seen any list that suggests a better one. If anyone has an opinion, I'd be interested in hearing it shortly. I'm start [...]

    6. Ron on said:

      Well-told space opera of a bygone era. Whatever you might think about Dickson's story (or the "history" which grew from it), his story telling is first rate. This is what early SF was all about. (I'm reminded of Asimov's foundation series.)And, despite writing in the late 1950, Dickson avoids some of the egregious science and prediction errors which plague the amateurish efforts of more recent SF writers. It's as if Dickson, fully aware that things would change even though he no clue how, made a [...]

    7. Jason on said:

      Dorsai!By Gordon R. Dickson1959Finished: November 13th, 2008 I am a fan of military science fiction, or at least the concept behind it. I have read “Starship Troopers” by Heinlein, “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman, “Ender’s Game” and “Ender’s Shadow” by Orson Scott Card, “Trading in Danger” and “Marque and Reprisal” by Elizabeth Moon (although that isn’t 100% military SF in my opinion), and some of the “Lensman” material by E.E. Doc Smith. So it seemed inevitab [...]

    8. Contrarius on said:

      This one was a reread for me, but it's been decades since I read it and I basically didn't remember any of it except for the hero's name and heritage.Dorsai! is only a small part of an uncompleted series of books by Gordon R. Dickson, intended when complete to address deep philosophical issues concerning the evolution of man, the collective unconscious, and other Jungian concepts -- see wikivisually/wiki/Dorsai -- and was referred to by him as the Childe Cycle in reference to Childe Roland of Sh [...]

    9. Mike Finn on said:

      “Dorsai!” by Gordon R Dickson: thirty five years ago I loved this. Now it seems very thinIn 1957, two years before the first version of “Dorsai!” was serialized in in “Astounding Science Fiction”, Peter Graham coined the phrase: “The Golden Age of Science Fiction is twelve.”I started reading science fiction in the sixties when I was ten but I didn’t get to “Dorsai!” until my early twenties. I was still a twelve-year-old at heart and most science fiction excited me. I loved [...]

    10. Karin on said:

      I'm still in recovery from the eyerolling that happened for the last chapter of this book. I'm gonna go ahead and spoil this one out in the open. Donal Graeme, of the planet Dorsai(!), is an intuitive superman. I wish those weren't the exact words used, but they are. He's so awesome that everyone else's ideas are dumb and he just intuitively knows the right course of action. Must be why he was such a dunderhead with the one (okere was one and a half) female character in the book. He was intuitiv [...]

    11. Kathi on said:

      This book is touted as the foundation of many modern military science fiction novels--really, the beginnings of a new genre within sci fi.As for the story itself, it is well-paced, with characters who are interesting but not fully formed. We get glimpses of the various settled worlds and their unique societies, but we don't get an in-depth understanding of any of them. The main character, Donal Graeme, is a mystery to himself and others. His meteoric rise in interstellar military ranks drives th [...]

    12. Mr. Literature on said:

      If you can forgive the oddly excited title this one is a hidden gem.

    13. prcardi on said:

      Storyline: 3/5Characters: 3/5Writing Style: 3/5World: 4/5What an interesting read. This was one of those puzzle-piece books for me that linked predecessors and ancestors in just the right way to give a new picture of the science fiction genre. This had an excellent opening chapter. It was well-written, with vivid descriptions and thoughtful turns of phrase. It was well-paced, slow and subtle with world-building of a very different and intriguing future. It even had impressive character developme [...]

    14. Susan Townsend on said:

      This is the kind of good fun we used to expect from space opera, action/adventure without a lot of message. Dorsai is dated, of course—especially in the exclusion of women from positions of power, not to mention the lack of cell phones – but it holds up remarkably well. It is somewhat episodic, betraying its original serialized form, and action overshadows character, but who cares, we like Donal Graeme just fine. The plot is predictable, the fun is in seeing how Donal is going to pull off hi [...]

    15. Per Gunnar on said:

      This book caught my interest because it was said that it, together with Starship Troopers, is considered as a classic that are responsible for the rise of military science fiction. Well, for Starship Troopers I can perhaps understand such a statement. For this one, not so much. Actually, to me, this was a rather mediocre book.The book tells the story of Donald Graeme as he becomes a rising star as a military expert (genius) and mercenary from the planet Dorsai, renowned for “breeding” the be [...]

    16. Mihail Kostov on said:

      При избора си на книга за четене, най-вече се вслушвам в препоръките на познатите си и много рядко започвам да чета нещо, което никой не ми е казал, че харесва или мрази. Сега реших да оставя малко съдбата да понареди списъка ми за четене и с нейна помощ избрах тази книга от вс [...]

    17. Chip on said:

      A product of the 1950s (and earlier) science-fiction style where one man can do anything and everything. Is Donal a "superman" with incredible intuition or is he the luckiest man in the galaxy or are his enemies that ignorant/stupid? Very preachy when going into the question "Are men people or property?" Book has a very bad habit of jumping to the conclusion of a conflict before revealing any prior knowledge of what the main character knows. Shows that it is one of the grandfathers of military s [...]

    18. Badseedgirl on said:

      This is my last "official" book for the WWE 50's challenge, but I still have 4 books left to finish the 20 book I chose for the challenge. Although the book was only 176 pages, I was snagged in this novel. I do have to say that I am starting to get a bit tired by the Uber misogynistic of the stories in this decade, but I still really enjoyed most of the books I read. It seems the last couple pages made very little sense in comparison to the rest of the novel.3 out of 5 stars

    19. Justin on said:

      Not sure this one makes a lot of sense anymore. I can see why it was appealing in 1960, but doesn't even stand up to other novels written that yearaffersbookreview/201

    20. astaliegurec on said:

      I've read Gordon R. Dickson's "Dorsai! (Childe Cycle Book 1)" several times, now (though the last time was probably 30 years ago) and I still find it to be a good book. Of course, its big draw is the fact that it's the first book in Dickson's 10 book "Childe Cycle." Be aware that since the book was written back in 1960, the female roles aren't exactly awe-inspiring. But, those were the times and I certainly don't hold it against the book. What does bother me is the lack of character development [...]

    21. Douglas Debner on said:

      Dorsai! dates to 1959 and predates Dune and Stranger in a Strange Land. It is fantastic, albeit slowly developing and nuanced. Given that this is the story of a hero the big picture outcome is predictable but not the basis for that outcome which, while demonstrated and considered throughout the book, only are discussed in the final scene. That final scene simultaneously resolves the story of the first book while creating astounding possibilities for the second book, a book I am starting as soon [...]

    22. Dee on said:

      I remember reading this series in my youth in the 1960s. I don't remember much about it other than I enjoyed it. I was glad to be able hear it today read by Stefan Rednicki. Of course like any of this classic author's works it is deep with a twist in the end that generally goes over my head. I must have been a lot smarter when I was young to have understood it then. I barely understand now.

    23. Jon on said:

      One of those old-school classics, starring an Exceptional Man Among Men. Pretty decent for its time. Also first in a series. Wondering how it turns out, but on the fence about seeing it through. It's just a little thin for today.

    24. Tom on said:

      This book doesn't hold up well. To me it seems more like a 1950s comic book with short stories, little action, and lots of dialogue. A little philosophy was thrown in. I was waiting for the lesson the author teaches the reader, the moral of the story. Anything thought-provoking but came up empty.

    25. El-jorro on said:

      Bookworm Speaks! Dorsai! by Gordon R. DicksonThe Story: Donal Graeme is the latest in a long line of superb mercenaries which make up the major export of his home planet of Dorsai, but Donal is different from his compatriots and is viewed with suspicion. Eventually, he leaves home, becomes a great military commander, who eventually rises to become the hegemon of mankind. Not a particularly unique story, but Gordon R. Dickson puts his own unique take on it. The Good:As mentioned above, Gordon R. [...]

    26. Timothy Darling on said:

      Without a doubt, Dorsai! deserves its reputation and awards. Especially in its day, when military SF was in its infancy it presented future battle in human terms, not in mechanistic terms. It escapes the formulae of space opera, and it creates truly memorable characters: Donal Graeme, El Man, Lee, Prince William, and Anea. These are truly well rounded individuals, a strength of Dickson's.Dickson's weakness has always been the application of brilliance to his brilliant characters. Donal, as the p [...]

    27. Mike Ehlers on said:

      I finished off my Definitive 50's Sci Fi challenge at WorldsWithoutEnd with this book, mainly because it is one I already had on by bookshelf and I'd already read Starship Troopers. This is supposed to be the other big influence over military science fiction. I'll admit I don't seek out a lot of military sci fi, but I generally enjoy what I read in the genre. However, I was disappointed with this book.The protagonist's "intuition" always seemed to drain any dramatic tension from the plot. And th [...]

    28. Jennifer Heise on said:

      Well. I finally read this military mercenary space opera, and it's better written than one might fear; in fact, one can get caught up in the action. However, like much SF of its age, the characters are more than a bit wooden and there's too many echoes of GBS's Man and Superman and of course dated gender/sex relations. Ok, more than dated: the lady is not merely a cardboard cutout, but a genetically manufactured cardboard cutout. While one can love the intuitive genius of Donal Graeme, and ident [...]

    29. Gary Sedivy on said:

      A classic SF story. I cannot give it five stars, even though it is a 'classic'. The characters are too flat. Even so, I was disappointed that the book was so thin - I would have read more. The hero is from a world (this is a space saga, after all) whose specialty is soldiers, particularly mercenaries. They seem to be the suppliers or soldiers for the defense of worlds, planets, systems. Other worlds provide other specialties, but these specialities are not developed well at this point. ***One in [...]

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