Lost Dorsai


Lost Dorsai
First edition
AuthorGordon R. Dickson
Cover artistFernando Fernandez
GenreScience fiction
PublisherAce Books
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Lost Dorsai is a science fiction novella by American writer Gordon R. Dickson. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1981 and was also nominated for the Nebula Award in 1980.

Plot summary

A few highly skilled mercenaries, the Dorsai, are stuck defending a powerless ruler whose army has revolted. To make matters worse, one of their members, the military band leader, refuses to kill. He finds a way to save his comrades, using the machismo permeating the culture of the world they are on, though the price is high.


Susan Shwartz reviewed Lost Dorsai in Ares Magazine #4 and commented that "Dickson has packed an amazing amount of human pain into Lost Dorsai. It is an intense novella, and very finely crafted; each major character is drawn into each other character's pain."[1]

Dave Langford reviewed Lost Dorsai for White Dwarf #57, and stated that "From the surprisingly satisfying resolution, which turns the enemies' machismo judo-style against them, I suspect Dickson has been reading Kipling again."[2]

Sources, references, external links, quotations


  1. ^ Shwartz, Susan (September 1980). "Books". Ares Magazine. Simulations Publications, Inc. (4): 32.
  2. ^ Langford, Dave (September 1984). "Critical Mass". White Dwarf. Games Workshop (57): 14.