- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books (Mar. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812503961
- ISBN-13: 978-0812503968
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 15.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,002,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Naked to the Stars (Tor Science Fiction Double) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1991
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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.
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'.
The Kindle edition seems to have bee OCR'd with 1960s technology. I would have read Dickson's own words.