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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  14 reviews
One hundred years into the future, the first expedition from Earth reaches Alpha Centurai III and discovers that all life, including humankind, is governed by the Throne World and Earth is only a primitive outpost, but one man from Earth will show the High-Born something unexpected.
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Published October 1st 2002 by Thorndike Press (first published 1969)
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Not expressly labeled as a young adult novel but in no way is it beyond the scope or range of such. The story is somewhat simple and straight forward, also containing a bit of mystery which is pretty predictable over all. The science fiction is more like a light glazing and requires this classification based on the setting of the novel more than the technology therein.
The book consists of a single protagonist who is sent on a mission to a far off planet to determine the cause of the residents' s
Dayna Smith
One of Miss D's favorite science fiction authors, Dickson is also the author of Miss D's favorite science fiction novel, The Right To Arm Bears. Wolfling is the story of Jim Keil, who is sent from Earth to the Throne World to observe the High-born and determine if Earthlings are indeed descendants of these advanced beings. He becomes involved in a plot against the High-born Emperor that may destroy both the Throne World and Earth. Dickson is rated 9th grade merely for reading level. There is no ...more
What if we were merely a forgotten colony of a larger advanced human civilization? This short book races you through the story as an Earth wolfling is the first invited to visit civilization, sent by Earth to observe.
Allen Smeltzer
An anthropologist chosen to be a spy, and
trained as a matador.......all to discover what earth has in connection with its new imperialistic overlords. Not a bad book but a little too short. I think it kinda suffers from the Sherlock short story syndrome....the one where the only real discovery of plot is revealed by the main character at end. The characters where a bit flat, but the settings where interesting. To be honest I picked this book up because I liked the title, the cover art, and it w
This short novel is about Jim Keil, an earth born human trained on Alpha Centauri III to be a spy. His mission is to impress Princess Afuan with his bullfighting skills enough to gain passage to the Throne World. That is where the High-born live and rule the empire. The reason Earth wants Jim to spy on the High-born is to determine if Earth, who was recently re-discovered by the Empire, really is a lost world of the Empire or if it evolved entirely on its own and does not have to be part of the ...more
Bert Knabe
How to describe Wolfling...A cultural anthropologist become entangled in the politics of the galactic rulers because he recognizes their culture as analogous to something from earth.
Seemed to like a abadoned and reworked dorsai story. Genetic superiority trumps everything else, and the main character is a Gary Stu who discovers new abilities every chapter.
Gives a preview of the idea this author spent much of his working life developing in the "Childe Cycle" which includes the Dorsai novels. Worth a quick look.

One of the early Sf books I read and one I enjoyed immensely - in the 'earth uber alles' mode but Dickson does it better than most
Frank Taranto
Are Earth humans part of the Empire. I don't remember the answer.
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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