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Hoka (Hoka #3)

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Mass Market Paperback, 253 pages
Published June 28th 1985 by Tor Books (first published 1983)
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Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Earthman's burden
Alexander Jones crash lands to find himself among a sentient race that have briefly met humans once before, at least long enough to read a western novel. Now the entire Hoka culture has come to be based on the limited repertoire of westerns they read. Now they are teddy bears in chaps riding the local version of 'horses'. Later with more books to read subcultures based on other literary genres are the backdrops to other short stories.
Jones survives his first meeting but is sent
A collection of comedic short stories about a planet of imaginative, literal-minded, impressionable... alien teddy bears. To some extent, "alien teddy bears cosplay famous Earth history and fiction" is the entirety of the joke.

"Joy in Mudville" ★★ | Baseball is apparently a galactic pastime in this universe (humans' primary advantage seems to be the exportation of popular culture) so the Hokas have their own team, with stereotypes to match. (Their designated hitter is "Casey" after the poem "Cas
What is a Hoka? It is a furry creature living on an earthlike planet called Toka on the edge of the known universe. They are a race unlike any other yet discovered, for although they resemble bears they can change their appearance. This book is a compilation of some of the stories about these creatures written by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson.

In the prologue to the collected tales we learn that Toka, which means "Earth", has two intelligent species who have evolved into the Hokas and the S
Oliver Brackenbury
Mary Catelli
The continuing comic adventures of those amazing alien teddy bears who love playing out fiction, and Alex, still plenipotentiary, trying to cope.

Four stories here, longer than the first ones. We have a baseball episode, interstellar intrigue that the Hokas tackle like Foreign Service novels, a Jungle Book adventure with three aliens -- and Tanni instead of Alex, for once -- and a final grand adventure centering around a Hoka Napoleon. For once, Alex actually has to explain that a Hoka can call h
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Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous teddy bears. Great fun.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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