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Mission to Universe

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General Benjamin Shore was heading for the stars under forged orders - and in defiance of the commands of the President. He was leaving Earth in an untested ship with a crew chosen by necessity and with nothing but faith to guide him. His only hope was to find habitable worlds in the unexplored reaches of space ahead.

Thus began Man's first mission to the uncharted
Paperback, 213 pages
Published March 1977 by Del Rey (first published 1965)
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Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
1st line: "Ben Shore woke--and the long interior of the barracks-like building around him was still, moonlit dark."

It's funny to read this because it seems completely cliche now, almost like a parody of an SF novel...but of course in 1965 most of this was probably brand new and exciting!

What we have is General Ben Shore, who hijacks the just-finished "phase ship" (whose infinite probability drive is clearly what Douglas Adams was parodying with the Heart of Gold) so that he can go off to search
Steve Rainwater
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mostly uninteresting but with one big claim to fame.

This older Dickson book has a fairly boring and predictable plot. You'll probably have guessed the ending before you finish the second chapter. But the book has one feature that makes it worth checking out: Dickson's "Phase Shift Drive", the FTL technology used in the story. This is basically the prototypical instance of Douglas Adam's Infinite Improbability Drive from his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. The description and method of
Randall Stebbins
FTL travel to the extreme

I enjoyed reading this book. The the idea of instantaneous travel is very alluring. The only problem I had with this book was it seem more like several related short stories put together in one book. Each story seemed a bit incomplete like there should have been more world-building or more specifics as to the aliens and their worlds encountered. But all in all it was a good book.
John Mullen
Not bad but

Horrible editing and spell check, bad enough to break the flow of the story. Otherwise a typical predictable Dickson story, in that he springs surprises out of while cloth.
Jayesh Shah
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is difficult to read because the Kindle version has lots of spelling mistakes. Storyline is also difficult to follow. The premise for traveling thousands of light years within hours is interesting. Overall, it is not a great book.
Jesse Whitehead
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gordon R. Dickson is one of those legends that gets spoken of solemnly and with great respect. Together with Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, H. Beam Piper, Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell, as well as many others he helped to forge science fiction from the bedrock of literature. Much of what we know about science today was brand new back then and a lot of it wasn't even widely accepted. Many of Einstein's theories he didn't believe himself and there was a great deal of discussion in ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hasn't worn well over time
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Fast paced easy to read first contact novel !! Pretty good
Charles JunkChuck
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Not up to par with the best of Dickson's stuff--he gives us late "golden age" sci-fi with a helpful coating of Edgar Rice Burroughs and maybe a little of Heinlein's adolescent stuff. It's an unwieldy conglomeration for s story dominated by a purposefully unlikable--but not unsympathetic--protagonist who sees his responsibility as embracing the solitude of command and making the hard (cold) choices. His efforts to stand apart from the men and women he leads ultimately isolate him from the reader ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Entertaining first contact book
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: entertainment
A good story by a writer one can rely on to create a good story.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Grade C-.
Ronald Ward
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this along time ago.

I liked the way the ship got around, by folding space rather than going from a to b.
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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.