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Wolfling

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  432 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
On Earth, Jim Keil was a superman. On the Throne World of the High-Born, he was just the pet of the All-Emperor's Aunt. But Jim Keil was something special, and before he was through with the High-Born, they would about the Wolflings of Earth than they Ctn Qty/50.
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Published May 1st 1985 by Baen Books (first published 1969)
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J
Apr 24, 2013 J rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, ya, 2013
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
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Dayna Smith
Jul 29, 2016 Dayna Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Marianne
Mar 24, 2009 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, sci-fi
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.
Phil
Oct 05, 2016 Phil rated it liked it
A tad formulaic but a darn good read. Quick and worthy.
Stephanie
Nov 22, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Randal
Feb 21, 2016 Randal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage racists
Shelves: sci-fi
Pretty standard man / superman sci-fi novel. Frighteningly racist (tall, powerful, extra-white people are genetically superior to short, weak-minded, dark-skinned people) and primarily memorable as the first mention of lightsabers. No, not by name, but the High-born (yup actual name of uberrace) wield rods that when activated emit an energy beam from one end that are used like swords.
Despite the cover image on the Dell paperback (not shown as an option on Goodreads) with the woman in a skimpy cl
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Sandra Visser
Oct 16, 2016 Sandra Visser rated it liked it
The High-born ruled a thousand worlds.

A hundred years in our future, the first expedition from Earth reaches Alpha Centauri only to discover a vast human empire, long-established and sternly ruled by the aristocratic High-born. In a stroke Earth becomes merely another primitive outpost, its people dubbed “wolflings” by the rulers of the Throne World.

Painstakingly chosen and meticulously trained, Jim Keil was sent merely to observe conditions on the Throne World. The High-born would consider him
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Allen Smeltzer
Oct 08, 2014 Allen Smeltzer rated it liked it
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
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Peter Flom
Jun 06, 2015 Peter Flom rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In this fairly far future SF, there is a galactic civilization ruled by beings from the Throne World. The protagonist, Will, is selected and trained to go the Throne World. He uncovers multiple plots among the super-beings who rule there. The book seems somewhat unbelievable, but Dickson ties it all together in the end.
Bert Knabe
May 25, 2014 Bert Knabe rated it really liked it
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.
Peter
May 06, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
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
Thannasset
Jul 27, 2007 Thannasset rated it really liked it
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.

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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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