Gordon R. Dickson

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Gordon Rupert Dickson
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Dickson lecturing at Minicon in 1974
Born(1923-11-01)November 1, 1923
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
DiedJanuary 31, 2001(2001-01-31) (aged 77)
Richfield, Minnesota, USA
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Period1950–2001
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable worksChilde Cycle
 
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Gordon Rupert Dickson
Ddb-266-28-wiki.jpg
Dickson lecturing at Minicon in 1974
Born(1923-11-01)November 1, 1923
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
DiedJanuary 31, 2001(2001-01-31) (aged 77)
Richfield, Minnesota, USA
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Period1950–2001
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable worksChilde Cycle

Gordon Rupert Dickson (November 1, 1923 – January 31, 2001) was a Canadian-American science fiction writer. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]

Biography[edit]

Dickson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1923. After the death of his father, he moved with his mother to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1937.[2] He served in the United States Army, from 1943 to 1946, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, in 1948. From 1948 through 1950 he attended the University of Minnesota for graduate work. His first published speculative fiction was the short story "Trespass!", written jointly with Poul Anderson, in the Spring 1950 issue of Fantastic Stories Quarterly (ed. Sam Merwin), the inaugural number of Fantastic Story Magazine as it came to be titled. Next year three of his solo efforts were published by John W. Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction and one appeared in Planet Stories. Anderson and Dickson also inaugurated the Hoka series with "The Sheriff of Canyon Gulch" (Other Worlds Science Stories, May 1951).[3]

Dickson is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

For a great part of his life, he suffered from the effects of asthma. He died of complications from severe asthma.[4]

Character as an author[edit]

John Clute has characterized Dickson as a "gregarious, engaging, genial, successful man of letters", who had not been an introvert.[5] Clute considers Dickson a science fiction romantic.[5] The early Canadian years are not thought to have exerted an all-too strong influence onto the author's work.[2] Nevertheless, Clute stresses in connection to Dickson that science fiction welcomes "images of heightened solitude, romantically vague, limitless landscapes, and an anguished submission to afflatus", due to its origin in Gothic fiction.[2]

Style[edit]

Clute points out that Dickson, like Poul Anderson, with whom he collaborated in the Hoka series, "[tends] to infuse an austere Nordic pathos into wooded, rural midwestern American settings".[5] His works often have (misogynistic) mercenaries as their protagonists and deal with aliens that are "less deracinated and more lovable than humans" (Clute).[5] They "are inclined to take on a heightened, sagalike complexion" (Clute),[5] particularly through the insertion of lyric poetry that is sometimes rather inferior.[5]

Selected works[edit]

Childe Cycle[edit]

Dragon Knight series[edit]

  1. The Dragon and the George (1976)
  2. The Dragon Knight (1990)
  3. The Dragon on the Border (1992)
  4. The Dragon at War (1992)
  5. The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll (1994)
  6. The Dragon and the Djinn (1996)
  7. The Dragon and the Gnarly King (1997)
  8. The Dragon in Lyonesse (1998)
  9. The Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent (2000)

Hoka series[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short story collections[edit]

Children's books[edit]

Awards[edit]

Dickson received the 1977 Skylark —Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction from NESFA— for his contribution to SF[6] and he was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]

He won several annual literary awards for particular works.[6]

Hugo Award
Nebula Award
August Derleth Award (best novel, British Fantasy Society)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame". Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-22. This was the official website of the hall of fame to 2004.
  2. ^ a b c John Clute: Gordon R. Dickson (1923–). In: Richard Bleiler (ed.): Science Fiction Writers. Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present Day. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York 1982, p. 345
  3. ^ a b Gordon R. Dickson at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-22. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  4. ^ "Gordon R. Dickson -- Science Fiction Writer, 77". The New York Times. February 16, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f John Clute: Gordon R. Dickson (1923–). In: Richard Bleiler (ed.): Science Fiction Writers. Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present Day. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York 1982, p. 346
  6. ^ a b "Dickson, Gordon R.". The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
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