The perfect introduction to Gordon R. Dickson’s acclaimed and influential Dorsai! sequence — one of the first and still one of the best military SF series. The Dorsai! eBook Collection contains:Dorsai!NecromancerSoldier, Ask NotTactics of MistakeThe Spirit of DorsaiLost Dorsai
When Earth is contacted by galactic civilization, our heroic couplet — diplomat Tom Parent, and his linguist wife, Lucy — prove themselves to be just the pair to tour the galaxy representing Earth and learning the whys and wherefores of galactic civilization. There’s only one tiny catch to this grand tour — on Tom and Lucy’s performance hinges our acceptance by the rest of the galaxy as a civilized world rather than as ward of some more "e;advanced"e; species. (You don’t want Earth to become a Galactic ward.).
One of the tales of Jim Eckert, the young mathematician who travels to a parallel medieval world only to be transformed into a large but none too bright dragon named Gorbash. Now the Dragon Knight must confront the three disasters that lie in wait for any visitor to the English Middle ages: war, plague and Plantagenets The Dragon Knight, faces three new challenges — a plague caused by an invasion of shape-changing goblins, the arrival of the quarrelsome and ambitious Plantagenet dynasty, and a full-scale human-versus-goblin war.
After their final battle, legend tells us, Arthur and his knights went to Lyonesse, the land under the sea. Now Lyonesse is threatened by a resurgence of the Dark Powers, those mindless malevolent forces that struggle to stop the course of History. And Jim Eckert — the Dragon Knight — and his friends are called upon to stop them. Arthur and his knights are proud; too proud to easily accept help from Jim Eckert and his allies. But they will have help — from Jim in his dragon form, from knight-in-armour Sir Brian Neville-Smyth, from the brilliant archer Dafydd ap Hywel, and from one small hobgoblin. The result is a wild ride: Arthurian fantasy adventure as only Gordon R. Dickson could tell it.
The Final Encyclopedia tells of the events which occur when the human race is split into three splinter cultures: the Friendlies, fanatic in their faith; the truth-seeking Exotics; and the warrior Dorsai. But now humanity is threatened by the power-hungry Others, whose triumph would end all human progress. Hal Mayne is an orphan who was raised by three tutors: an Exotic, a Friendly and a Dorsai. He is the only human capable of uniting humanity against the Others. But only if he is willing to accept the terrible destiny of . . . Saviour of mankind.
As a young mathematician, Jim Eckert was transported to a parallel medieval world where he found he had the ability to transform himself into a large but none-too-bright dragon named Gorbash. Jim Eckert’s daring exploits have earned him a title — Baron de Bois de Malencontri et Riveroak — and he has settled down to a peaceful life as a feudal lord, with his beloved Angela at his side. But a new peril endangers his enchanted realm — as the King of the Gnarlies teams up with the Earl of Cumberland, Jim’s longtime rival, to kidnap his adopted son, Robert. Soon Sir Jim must assume the shape of the Dragon Knight once again to rescue little Robert, and finds himself entrenched in a magical battle royal — one he’ll have to fight harder than ever to survive!
Bleys Ahrens is now a political power on the planet Association, home of the Friendlies. His people — his Others, not Dorsai or Friendly or Exotic, but hybrids — are in place in all the new worlds and are ready to take his message to the greater human public. But within his inner circle is Henry McLean, Soldier of God, and a True Faith-Holder. Henry fears for the soul of his nephew Bleys, and while he guards, he also watches and judges. And beyond Bleys Ahrens’ control is Hal Mayne: the one man in all the human worlds who might successfully challenge Bleys in his bid for power. For Hal Mayne is the true culmination of the Cycle’s grand design. Bleys would give anything to convert Hal Mayne to his cause — or failing that, to destroy him.
Baron Jim is in the thick of it again. Somehow he’s found himself taking on England’s oldest enemy — the French — who have entered into an unholy alliance with a most fearsome horror: the mighty serpents of the deep underseas. Nobody has battled them before; nobody even realised they could leave the sea. And with the serpents as their allies it’s only a matter of time before the French invasion succeeds — unless Baron Jim can stop them.
Thrown into the alternate universe of 14th century England, 20th century mathematician Jim Eckert and his wife Angie have become Sir James, Baron de Bois de Malencontri, and Lady Angela. A bit of a shock, but they’d coped with it. In fact they were dealing with their new life’s hazards and magical manifestations just fine. Until Jim is suddenly transformed into a dragon. None too pleased about this latest turn of events, Jim turns for help to his neighbour, the magician S. Carolinus, who takes him on as an apprentice. When Prince Edward is captured by the French at the Battle of Poitiers, Jim sets out with some companions, including Aaargh the wolf, to join the English forces. He ends up as chief pawn in a battle against the Dark Powers — with extraordinary consequences.
The Dorsai are the finest soldiers ever trained to fight and win against all odds. The Spirit of Dorsai is an illumination of the heart and soul of the planet Dorsai and its people, showing with epic clarity and unforgettable vision how why the Dorsai fight and live. It tells of the beginning when the first Dorsai was former by mercenaries willing to fight other’s battles to buy freedom for their own homes. It tells how even children and old men fought for the dream of Dorsai. From the mouth of Amanda Morgan, direct descendant of two illustrious women who bore her name, the full story is told in all its splendour.