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The Outposter

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  172 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Trapped...The Outposters, a token band of specially trained experts, were given the task of guiding the exiled colonists in their harsh new environment and protecting them from the treachery of the enemy Meda V'Dans.
But the problems seemed insurmountable. For Earth was indifferent to her superfluous population and supply lines ran thin. The colonists were considered dispos
Published January 1st 1978 by Sphere Books (UK) (first published 1971)
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Nov 07, 2013 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Gordon R. Dickson was a childhood fave of mine, with the Dorsai novels being at the top of the list. But many of his sci-fi heroes are self-centered, arrogant a-holes. Maybe even sociopaths? The hero in this book falls at the high end of that spectrum.

Mark Ten Roos is an "Outposter" - that's kind of a frontier town mayor/marshal - in space. His parents were murdered by aliens when he was a child. To get his vengeance, he uses everyone, puts the entire human universe at risk and basically b
Sep 30, 2013 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
An old book, 1976 paperback edition, copyright 1972.
A good swashbuckling adventure set in a time when Earth is overpopulated and there is a lottery that condemns 'winners' to be sent to colony worlds. The hero is actually from such a world and is returning to it after his education on Earth. We learn his parents were killed by a raid by an 'errant band' of traders and he was adopted by the head trader of that colony.
Typical of the time (1972) he is brooding, self-isolating, internally driven , b
Mar 23, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Outposter is classic space opera-- a western written in an outer space setting. The Aliens are the Indians and the outposters and colonists are the settlers.

With that understanding, you might enjoy this one. It is an interesting enough novel, with some neat ideas about an alien culture, but overall, it is one cut above mediocre.

Mark was orphaned by an alien raid and raised by the station master until age 13 when he was sent back to Earth for schooling. Now, he has returned to his home colo
Scott Holstad
Jan 22, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a bad book, but it's not a great book either. Above average?

Earth is overpopulated -- has been for 100 years -- and has a lottery where the "winners" are turned into colonists who are shipped to Earth's colonies around the galaxy. There they presumably lead miserable lives, all under the watch of Outposters, sort of frontier cops. One thing I didn't understand was why entire worlds and their colonists are being protected by groups of four or five outposters.... How are so few supposed
Mar 04, 2015 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark reminded me of a sociopath. And I really have no idea how he decided to become this traditional man who would raise a family with Ulla, although yes, I admit that he was simply fascinated with her. Mark's too consumed with the thought of revenge with the Meda D'Van, and the way he acted is pretty scary. Ultimate genius, clever warrior, and a thirst for blood to avenge the family he didn't have. Downright scary, alright. And the colonies are stupid, like the navy, and the Earth-city's aristo ...more
May 06, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enteraining amd exciting space opera in the old style
Richard Tongue
Jun 19, 2013 Richard Tongue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While an excellent book – and one I have read more than once – this is ultimately frustrating, a good book let down by a somewhat lacklustre ending. It begins with the assignment of one 'Mark Ten Roos' as an Outposter, essentially a combination of a colonial commissioner and a federal marshal, with a mandate to protect the people of Earth's colonies, all of whom were selected on a draft basis – with the result that none of the colonies have reached a point of self-sufficiency, instead remaining ...more
Michael Head
Ok. Good escapist sci-fi. Easy to read. Nice character development. Satisfying ending. If I was comparing it to a meal I would say it was a nice lunch BLT good taste and not hungry afterwards.
Kevin Findley
This book was OK, but I liked it better when John Brunner wrote it and called it Polymath.
Mike Jurist
great book & I love the british cover
Feb 12, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Outposter is a fun sci-fi read. It also offers an interesting look at deciphering the values of another culture, the role of the "hero" in society, and the frontier spirit vs the decadence of modern society.
Helga Ganguly
Sep 01, 2011 Helga Ganguly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickson fans
I liked the character of Mark. He reminded me of the heros in the Childe Cycle. Dickson loves his one in a million characters.
Erik Graff
Feb 08, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickson fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Mediocre science fiction novel based on a three-part Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact series in 1971.
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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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