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Naked to the Stars (Tor Science Fiction Double) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1991

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N.T.T.S. - Cal Truant was a tough professional soldier in the Human Expedition against the Lehuanen... With The Alien Way - The Ruml's intentions were clear; they meant to conquer Earth...

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1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed! 15 Dec. 2015
By Alexis Gray - Published on
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I have enjoyed this author before, I believe, but this book was so littered with typos that it actually altered the story. I was confused between the people's name, the Rumls and the typo, the "Rurals" so I thought I was dealing with different sects. There was a ridiculous, lazy typo on every page. Example " it v/as" instead of "was" and periods in the middle of sentences as well as missing punctuation and letters. Much of the sentence construction was worse than a freshman comp paper. It ruined the entire book because you could not stay immersed as you had to work out what should be in place of the typo. Truly unprofessional. Fire your editor, preferably with actual fire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Bad editing. 23 Dec. 2015
By Crocuta - Published on
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The story is excellent... the kind of thoughtful, social scifi that we used to get more of before everything turned into space opera. It's dated in the technological assumptions... a world with interstellar ships, but people using typewriters and wired phones, and searching for information in old-style hard bound bibliography books. Still, the story is good and it's worth a read. I add this caveat, however. The book was apparently scanned from paper and the publishers couldn't be bothered to have a proofreader give it a once over before selling it to us. Consequently, the book is full of typos throughout, enough to distract you from the story. For example, the book calls the aliens the 'Rural' as often as it uses the correct name, the 'Ruml.' There are lots more, but that is the most common. I don't personally think we should support that kind of shoddy publishing with our money, but you decide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced alien invasion thriller, spoiled by cheap OCR! 26 Jan. 2016
By Paul A. Tomlinson - Published on
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I read this book years ago and its just as good now as it was then.

A great first contact story with enough plot twists to keep anyone happy.

I have most of Gordon's books in paperback, including the entire 'Dorsai' series. This is a shoddy republishing of a masterpiece, the cheap scanning and lack or editing thereafter go a far way toward spoiling the original.
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, likely a revelation when published but uncertain it holds up today 16 Oct. 2016
By Kevin George - Published on
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fairly predictable, father stands up against a military government and is whipped - son embarrassed by father joins the service. The English referred to the extermination of other humans as pacification by force in the USA it was called Manifest Destiny. Cut through the fluff, it is genocide. And that is the backdrop as well as the plot.

There is some character development of the protagonist but rather than a dark side, he has a dark friend who enjoys the killing. Protagonist wounded and not allowed to re-enter service unless he takes a psych exam which he refuses. He is chosen for work in the Contact corps, the people who work with alien populations and negotiate. Man who hires him has an idea that negotiation saves more lives than constant war to find habitable planets for human expansion.

Protagonist falls in love with nurse, gets deployed to another planet where his dark friend who was planning a massacre of the Paumons gets killed and then he negotiates with the natives and eventually ends up in a standoff against the military to protect the indigenous population.

He is captured and imprisoned after the natives are saved and after a while, just released without charges and he and his girl go back to space under the newly independent contact corps. I suppose he came to peace with his father as well.

I guess it was meant to reflect how europeans committed genocide to take the land from indigenous folk around this planet and claimed they 'discovered the damn place'.
4.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual SciFi 13 Jun. 2017
By kctElgin - Published on
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I have liked a number of Dickson's stories, the Dorsai series the best. This falls into the first contact genre and highlights the fear of alien contact. Here he paints a picture where we want to pick up a rock and destroy or be destroyed. And read the book to see the outcome.
The Kindle edition seems to have bee OCR'd with 1960s technology. I would have read Dickson's own words.
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