By Gordon R. Dickson
Introduction by Poul Anderson
Illustrated by A. C. Farley
Bound in Genuine Leather
1998, The Easton Press
Sewn binding. Rich Brick Red leather over boards with gilt decoration on front and back and design and lettering on spine. Integral ribbon marker sewn in. Three spine hubs. All edges of leaves gilt. Illustrated endpapers. 9 3/8", 163 pages, introduction, copy of The Masterpieces of Science Fiction Collector's Notes (see images), previous owner's Easton Press bookplate inside front (see images)
As New condition. A solid, clean copy. The ribbon marker looks to be undisturbed.
From the Collector's Notes
"Dorsai!" has all the characteristics of space opera: adventure, interstellar travel, interplanetary war - but it is space opera with a difference. The difference is theme: "Dorsai!" is what the author Gordon R. Dickson calls "the consciously thematic novel." Readers of "Dorsai!" are in for a treat: narrative excitement with a message, adventure with ideas.
"Dorsai!" was the first of a group of novels (including "Necromancer;" "The Tactics of Mistake"; "Soldier, Ask Not;" and "The Final Encyclopedia") devoted to the theme of future human evolution. In these novels, humanity has colonized nearby star systems and has split into three basic "splinter cultures": the Friendlies (who are religious fanatics), the "Exotics" (philosophers), and the "Dorsai" warriors). Dickson's long-held plan has been to write a series of sic (now perhaps seven) SF novels about these cultures (plus three historical novels and three contemporary novels about their origins), which will eventually reunite all groups in a single person, the "Responsible Man." He refers to all these novels, and the ones yet to be written, as "the Childe cycle."