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A master of science fiction examines what happens when powerful aliens meet puny humans—with results ranging from chilling to utterly hilarious. Getting along in the Universe can be tricky, but those monkey-boys and girls from Earth can get pretty feisty themselves when the situation calls for it. And if you bet on the side of the mighty alien armadas that have conquered half the galaxy, you might end up losing, as you`ve overlooked the winning human edge….

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Gordon Rupert Dickson ( Gordon Rupert Dickson ) Gordon Dickson was born on November 1, 1923 in Edmonton, Canada. His family moved to the United States when Dixon was thirteen years old. During World War II, from 1943 to 1946, he served in the army, after which he studied at the University of Minnesota. He began writing in the early 50s (first publication - short story [Trespass!] In 1950), in 1956 he released his debut novel "Alien From Arcturus" [Alien From Arcturus]. In 1959, his novel "The Genetic General" was published, from which the writer began to become famous ... A year later, the book was republished under the title "Dorsai!" [Dorsai!], And thus opened one of the most famous science fiction series - "Dorsai Cycle" [Dorsai Cycle] (however, this name Dixon himself did not like, he preferred the name "Childe Cycle"). Dorsai are genetically "bred" soldiers, the only kind of "export" from the planet of the planet bearing the same name. Approaching the matter with his usual thoroughness, Dixon works on the cycle, meticulously drawing out the chronology of events of future wars and the genealogy of two families - the Morgan and Graim, whose members are the heroes of the series. The story of this series, Soldier, Ask Not, earned Dixon his first Hugo Award in 1965. He received two others for Last Dorsai and The Cloak and the Staff, both in 1981. In 1966, Dixon was also awarded the Nebula Award for Call Him Master. [Call Him Lord] (this is another work of the Dorsai cycle.) Dixon conceived the Dorsai series as a cycle of 12 books, but did not manage to finish the ninth novel. ... cats. The writer was allergic to cat hair. But what Dixon admired was dragons. The Dorsai cycle received controversial responses, many criticized him for its militaristic orientation. Perhaps this is why, or perhaps from the desire to realize himself in the field of "fantasy" in In 1976, Dixon rewrites one of his early stories into the eponymous novel "The Dragon and the George" - a semi-humorous fantasy where the protagonist, having gone to a parallel world in search of the missing the jubilant finds herself in the body of a dragon. He has to go through many exciting adventures before it comes to a happy ending ... This novel received a British Fantasy Award and brought Dixon popularity among fans of fantasy. Based on the book, a full-length cartoon "Flight of the Dragons" was even filmed - not very remarkable from the point of view of animation, but with a very expressive soundtrack. Dixon returned to this topic in 1990, writing the continuation of the story - "The Dragon Knight", and since 1992, after the release of the novel "The Dragon on the Board", the books of the cycle began to appear slightly if not annually. The last novel in the series, [The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent], was released after the death of the author. However, Dixon`s work is by no means limited to the theme of the two big Ds - Dorsai and Dragons. During his almost half a century of creative life, Dixon wrote more than 80 novels and many short stories. He worked in collaboration with such luminaries of the genre as Harry Garrison, Keith Laumer, Paul Anderson; wrote books for children, radio plays, edited anthologies of stories. He died at the age of 77 on the morning of January 31, 2001 in Richfield, Minnesota, where he lived most of his life.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson ( Gordon Rupert Dickson ) Gordon Dickson was born on November 1, 1923 in Edmonton, Canada. His family moved to the United States when Dixon was thirteen years old. During World War II, from 1943 to 1946, he served in the army, after which he studied at the University of Minnesota. He began writing in the early 50s (first publication - short story [Trespass!] In 1950), in 1956 he released his debut novel "Alien From Arcturus" [Alien From Arcturus]. In 1959, his novel "The Genetic General" was published, from which the writer began to become famous ... A year later, the book was republished under the title "Dorsai!" [Dorsai!], And thus opened one of the most famous science fiction series - "Dorsai Cycle" [Dorsai Cycle] (however, this name Dixon himself did not like, he preferred the name "Childe Cycle"). Dorsai are genetically "bred" soldiers, the only kind of "export" from the planet of the planet bearing the same name. Approaching the matter with his usual thoroughness, Dixon works on the cycle, meticulously drawing out the chronology of events of future wars and the genealogy of two families - the Morgan and Graim, whose members are the heroes of the series. The story of this series, Soldier, Ask Not, earned Dixon his first Hugo Award in 1965. He received two others for Last Dorsai and The Cloak and the Staff, both in 1981. In 1966, Dixon was also awarded the Nebula Award for Call Him Master. [Call Him Lord] (this is another work of the Dorsai cycle.) Dixon conceived the Dorsai series as a cycle of 12 books, but did not manage to finish the ninth novel. ... cats. The writer was allergic to cat hair. But what Dixon admired was dragons. The Dorsai cycle received controversial responses, many criticized him for its militaristic orientation. Perhaps this is why, or perhaps from the desire to realize himself in the field of "fantasy" in In 1976, Dixon rewrites one of his early stories into the eponymous novel "The Dragon and the George" - a semi-humorous fantasy where the protagonist, having gone to a parallel world in search of the missing the jubilant finds herself in the body of a dragon. He has to go through many exciting adventures before it comes to a happy ending ... This novel received a British Fantasy Award and brought Dixon popularity among fans of fantasy. Based on the book, a full-length cartoon "Flight of the Dragons" was even filmed - not very remarkable from the point of view of animation, but with a very expressive soundtrack. Dixon returned to this topic in 1990, writing the continuation of the story - "The Dragon Knight", and since 1992, after the release of the novel "The Dragon on the Board", the books of the cycle began to appear slightly if not annually. The last novel in the series, [The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent], was released after the death of the author. However, Dixon`s work is by no means limited to the theme of the two big Ds - Dorsai and Dragons. During his almost half a century of creative life, Dixon wrote more than 80 novels and many short stories. He worked in collaboration with such luminaries of the genre as Harry Garrison, Keith Laumer, Paul Anderson; wrote books for children, radio plays, edited anthologies of stories. He died at the age of 77 on the morning of January 31, 2001 in Richfield, Minnesota, where he lived most of his life.

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