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The Stranger

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A collection of fourteen stories, including "The Stranger," "MX Knows Best," "IT, Out of Darkest Jungle," "The Green Building," and "Cloak and Stagger".
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Tor Books (first published 1987)
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Mary JL
Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of SF especially Classic SF
Recommended to Mary JL by: Fan of author
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
This is a collection of short stories by Sf pro Gordon R. Dickson.

This is a good representative sample of his early work. It has one superb story "God Bless Them" and 12 average, well written Dickson tales. The 14th story "It, Out of Darkest Jungle" I sincerely hope is meant as a spoof, as it is pretty sad..

Still, 13 out of 14 stories rated good or better makes this collection well worth picking up.Dickson has been writing Sf since the 50's and I find most, not all, of his work very enjoyable.

Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A collection of Dickson short stories.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
This collection of short stories did not hold my interest at all. I simply did not care about the characters, and many of the stories just weren't interesting. Upon finishing a story, I found myself wondering what the point of even writing it was. Perhaps it is because I read these stories 20-30 years after they were written, and now they just don't have the same effect as they perhaps once did. Unfortunately, this one was a dud for me.
Bob Rust
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
God Bless Them • (1982)
James • (1955)
E Gubling Dow • (1959)
The Stranger • (1952)
The Friendly Man • (1951)
MX Knows Best • (1957)
The Quarry • (1958)
3-Part Puzzle • (1962)
IT, Out of Darkest Jungle • (1964)
The Green Building • (1956)
Tempus Non Fugit • (1957)
Cloak and Stagger • (1957)
And Then There Was Peace • (1962)
The Catch • (1959)
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Several solid story tidbits, that almost feel like exercises for a class or something to bring interest to a larger series. Readable, but not very compelling on their own.
Jan 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
Short stories.
Helga Ganguly
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People on Prozac
I love 80% of his novels but would not reccomend his short stories.
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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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