Throughout humanity's Fourteen Worlds, no group is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, and ferocious independence… and unbending honor. No one man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the arts of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the human universe.
“Dorsai!” is the saga of Donal Graeme, the uniquely talented Dorsai, with powers beyond those of ordinary men. Once he ventures to the stars, the world of the Dorsai will be changed forever.
The novel was originally published in serialized form in Astounding Science Fiction, starting in May, 1959. A shorter, revised version was published in paperback by Ace in 1960 under the title The Genetic General. A re-edited and expanded version of the novel was published under its original serialized title, Dorsai!, by DAW in 1976. This version of the novel was reissued as one half of an omnibus edition, Dorsai Spirit by Tor in 2002, The other novel contained in Dorsai Spirit is The Spirit of Dorsai (originally published 1979).
Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960.
Suppose that elves, gremlins, and leprechauns are really tiny aliens marooned on Earth for hundreds of years. They want to go home, and human technology finally can make it possible—if they can get aboard NASA’s Mars rocket and hijack it! Pity the poor human who has to help them with the big heist…
The voracious and merciless Horde roved the galaxies, stripping whole star systems of all life. As they advance on the Milky Way, a galaxy-wide force is hastily arrayed to stop them. But Miles Vander, the warrior sent by Earth to join the defense, must first convince his alien crewmembers that he is just as good a soldier as they.
Questa è una delle nostre storie preferite in assoluto (non solo di questo volume, ma di tutta la letteratura fantascientifica). È l’unico racconto sulle invasioni della Terra da parte di una razza aliena che troverete in questo libro, visto che abbiamo ritenuto più opportuno dedicarne uno intero a questo tema che rimane uno dei più affascinanti di questo genere letterario e quindi meritava di non essere confinato in poche pagine. È anche l’inizio di una serie, il cui secondo racconto, «Il bastone e il mantello», avrebbe portato a Dickson un altro premio Hugo un paio d’anni dopo la pubblicazione di questa commovente storia su una Terra dominata da un rigido oppressore ma in cui c’è forse ancora spazio per un soffio di speranza.
Accompanied by a leopard and a nearly autistic young woman, Marc Despard sets out to locate his wife, who, along with the rest of humanity, was swept away by a time storm.
Earth was only a primitive outpost, its people dubbed primitive “wolflings” by the rulers of the galactic empire. James Keil was sent to the High-Born rulers’ Throne World, with orders only to observe—until he cast away his orders from Earth and proved himself a Wolfling indeed.