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  • Author:
    Gordon R. Dickson
  • ISBN:
    0879972076
  • ISBN13:
    978-0879972073
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    DAW; Other Printing edition (November 18, 1975)
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    Science Fiction
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Mark Torre's theory is that it will show us the back of our heads-some hidden part of the basic Earth human soul and being that those of the younger worlds have lost, or are not able to know.

Mark Torre's theory is that it will show us the back of our heads-some hidden part of the basic Earth human soul and being that those of the younger worlds have lost, or are not able to know. But see for yourself.

Soldier, Ask Not is a science fiction novel by American writer Gordon R. Dickson, published in 1967 by Dell Publishing company. It is also the title of a short story, appeared in the October, 1964 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. The shorter work constitutes about one third of the novel.

Nor is it the story of any small anger. For like Achilles, I am a man of Earth. That does not impress you? Not in these days when the sons of the younger worlds are taller, stronger, more skilled and clever than we of the Old World? Then, how little you know Earth, and the sons of Earth. Leave your younger worlds and come back to the Mother Planet, once, and touch her. She is still here and still the same.

Though Gordon R. Dickson's "Soldier, Ask Not (Childe Cycle Book 3)" intertwines nicely with some of the events portrayed in the first book of the series ("Dorsai! (Childe Cycle Book 1)"), it suffers from two fairly big faults. First, the main character is a jerk. Second, there are too many words. IOW, there's an awful lot of the main character's (who I do not like at all) "reasoning" and thoughts cluttering up the landscape: it's a much slower book than the previous two books. Dickson's "Soldier, Ask Not (Childe Cycle Book 3)" intertwines nicely with some of the events . In Dickson's hypothetical future (the "Childe Cycle") humanity has "splintered" into various Splinter Cultures in which various human traits have reached extremes. The Dorsai world breeds the best professional soldiers, the so-called Friendly Worlds breed people of religious faith, the Exotic Worlds are masters of the psychological sciences, and there are others.

Soldier, Ask Not. 280 printed pages. The black-clad mercenaries of the Friendly planets fought where their employer and their God dictated.

A naturalized American who was born in Canada in 1923, Gordon Rupert Dickson is a popular science fiction writer

A naturalized American who was born in Canada in 1923, Gordon Rupert Dickson is a popular science fiction writer. Dickson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948 and made his home in Minneapolis. Among his many novels, especially notable is Soldier, Ask Not, which won the Hugo Award in 1965.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Books. Though not particularly lengthy, the book often seems much longer. Part of this comes from Tam’s narrative voice going on for pages at a time, doing more telling than showing. This telling often happens in extended interior monologues, and a reader might think these would decrease in frequency as he or she gets farther into the book. Unfortunately, they do not, and the rhythm of the narrative seems staccato. This stuttering pace also contributes to the delay in getting at the main thrust of the narrative.

Soldier, ask not. by. Gordon R. Dickson. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Soldier, Ask Not

Pumpit
Though Gordon R. Dickson's "Soldier, Ask Not (Childe Cycle Book 3)" intertwines nicely with some of the events portrayed in the first book of the series ("Dorsai! (Childe Cycle Book 1)"), it suffers from two fairly big faults. First, the main character is a jerk. A real knee-biter. Second, there are too many words. IOW, there's an awful lot of the main character's (who I do not like at all) "reasoning" and thoughts cluttering up the landscape: it's a much slower book than the previous two books. So, I'm going to drop my rating down a star from that of those books to a mere OK 3 stars out of 5.
Ballardana
"Soldier, Ask Not" is one of Dickson's "Childe Cycle" novels. It is set in a time period in which humankind has recently acquired interstellar travel and established itself among new worlds in nearby stellar systems.

In Dickson's hypothetical future (the "Childe Cycle") humanity has "splintered" into various Splinter Cultures in which various human traits have reached extremes. The Dorsai world breeds the best professional soldiers, the so-called Friendly Worlds breed people of religious faith, the Exotic Worlds are masters of the psychological sciences, and there are others. This story is about a protagonist who, among other things, acquires a vendetta against the Friendly Worlds, and sets out to cause their destruction.

Of all the Childe Cycle novels, this one seems to most fully flesh out the interstellar politics and issues that characterize Dickson's "Childe Cycle" stories. It builds on "The Tactics of Mistake" and "Dorsai" and takes the politics that those two novels create to the next higher level. Happily, this novel does this without bogging down as some of the later Childe Cycle novels do -- this one moves along smartly, and holds the reader's interest, perhaps aided by the fact that it is written in the first person from the protagonist's point of view.

Fans of Dickson's "Childe Cycle" should not pass this one up.
Winn
I came across this series and re-read it from the start once I was reminded of the brilliance of this author's work myself. Not only does it appeal to the fans of the sci-fi military or hero quest fantasy story-type, it was one of the defining works for either of those genres in their modern derivations. Because of that, there is a literary aspect that some readers may find tiresome at first. However the story can become enthralling if you allow yourself to be immersed in his creation of an alien future universe of man. The perspectives it may yield are intriguing as a mental experiment of purely fantastical extrapolation. Underlying this all is of course a thematic alignment to questions faced by society today flavored by the author's own biases.

All that being said, if you like either of the genres mentioned; I'm going to place odds, you'll like it and all of the series.
Hiylchis
This book encompasses the ideals of men. It takes our thoughts and feelings to another level. It looks at the innermost man and through the life of one character shows some of the pitfalls that beset each of us. Great reading and thought provoking. Recommended for mature readers.
Dagdage
This book might easily be tagged as contrasting the stoic to the fanatic, but the message is deeper than that. Using space travel only as a background tool, this book explores our humanity including our ferocious nature in battle with our all-encompassing desire to build something bigger and better. Pretty good read.
Sennnel
Great buy !
Kison
A very different read. This is the 3rd book in the Childe Cycle, and I have not read the first two, but will definitely do so. I have a hard time finding good authors I want to stay with, but Dickson is definitely at the top of my list.
I am rereading the Childe cycle books. Its like finding an old friend. Great books with good writing. Shows a great understanding of human nature.