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The Right to Arm Bears (Dilbia #1-2)

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Planet Dilbia is in a crucial location for both humans and their adversaries, the Hemnoids. Therefore making friends with the Dilbians and establishing a human presence there is of the utmost importance, which may be a problem, since the bearlike Dilbians stand some nine feet tall, and have a high regard for physical prowess. They'r

Paperback, 431 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Baen Books (first published December 1st 2000)
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One of the funniest SF books I've read in a while. The characters of the "bears" (actually Dilbians, alien inhabitants of another planet who happen to resemble brown bears here) are a lot of fun, and the human characters are too. There are actually three stories in this book - call two of them novellas and the third a short story - about the developing relationship between humans and Dilbians (who refer to humans as "shorties", since size-wise humans are to them as hobbits would be to humans.)
Aug 22, 2008 George rated it it was amazing
Gordon Dickson's Dilbian stories are some of the most entertaining in the SF world.
Jul 15, 2012 Tegghiaio rated it liked it
El libro tiene momentos graciosos y personajes entrañables como The Hill Bluffer, el responsable cartero de Dilbia, o el mismo Gulark-ay, cruel embajador Hemnoid. El problema es que está compuesto por tres historias con el mismo argumento y termina siendo repetitivo, especialmente en los momentos en que vuelven a relatar lo que ocurrió en la historia previa o a presentar personajes.

Las tres historias cuentan con un protagonista humano que sin haberlo planificado termina en el planeta Dilbia en u
Fayyaad Hendricks
Jan 15, 2015 Fayyaad Hendricks rated it it was amazing
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I swear it's been a long time since I read something that threw me for a loop like this book. I honestly wasn't expecting the stories that came out of Dickson's book, and it's been a brilliantly pleasant experience. The book contains three stories, and they all follow the same formula, but watching the protagonists tangle with the kinds of problems they're faced with has been a complete treat.
Ray A
Feb 21, 2014 Ray A rated it it was amazing
I read this many years ago; I believe around 1973. I remember it as a great collection of two novellas and a short. I definitely want to find another copy for a re-read.
A collection of 2 novellas (or short novels) and a short story about the Bearlike Dilbians, and Human interaction with them, and the interference of a third interstallar race - the high-g Hemnoids.

Humourous in tone, but not laugh out-loud funny.

The three stories follow a similar theme - that of Human's (Shorties) being "captured" by Dilbians and then a solitary Shorty being sent to rescue them, whilst being kept almost completely in the dark...

The "Bears" are not in any real sense armed, so the
Kelly Harlan
Apr 06, 2014 Kelly Harlan rated it really liked it
It was interesting with the twists of these humans trying to put themselves in the same mindset as these intelligent bears to keep them alive and win them over as allies.
Stuart Macmartin
May 19, 2013 Stuart Macmartin rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013, sf, humorous
Agree with James, except I didn't find it funny so much as fun. Good characters, apparently impossible situations, good twists. 2 novellas and a short story (read them in order). I was a little surprised that the short story is copyright Ben Bova: There wasn't the slightest hint that this was written by someone else.
Steven Saunders
Nov 14, 2008 Steven Saunders rated it really liked it
An entertaining yet insightful romp of science-fiction, one that explores the social nature of human-to-bear interactions with a serious emphasis on adventure. The only flaw is that the 3 stories involved all follow the same basic formula. Otherwise this is classic stuff from an oft overlooked master.
Dec 31, 2013 Eric rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Yes it's about 'intelligent' bears and main characters that have to prove themselves to be worthy allies. It's also basically the same story told twice and not nearly as funny as the title suggest. if you want somwething light and funny by Gordon R. Dickson try his Dragon Knight series.

Aug 13, 2013 Helen marked it as to-read
Must find...somehow. This has to be awesome.

ETA: Got it! Now to erase memories of "Chedward", as Mrs. Armintrout would put it, with BEARS.
T Hill
Nov 10, 2012 T Hill rated it liked it

Fast fun read.
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Great sci fi humor!
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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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