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Wolf and iron
Dickson, Gordon R.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1990.
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"A TOR book"--T.p. verso.
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A naturalized American who was born in Canada on November 1, 1923, Gordon Rupert Dickson is a popular science fiction writer. Dickson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948 and made his home in Minneapolis. Among his many novels, especially notable is Soldier, Ask Not, which won the Hugo Award in 1965. For many years, Dickson's most engrossing project was his Childe Cycle, a series of novels about humanity's evolutionary potential, which included a group of futuristic books that are popularly known as the Dorsai Cycle.

Dickson also wrote hundreds of short stories and novelettes including Call Him Lord, for which he received a Nebula Award in 1966.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

In a postholocaust America, a young man who anticipates economic collapse is trying to reach safety. But that safety lies in Montana, across 2,000 miles of hostile countryside, which he must cross with only a wolf as his companion. If he can communicate with the animal, however, he will add substantially to his repertoire of survival skills--and to what he can contribute to rebuilding society. Dickson has done his homework on wolves, but more, his writing is up to the level that has made him one of the giants of the field. --Roland Green

School Library Journal Review

The U. S. has been devastated by worldwide financial collapse. Civilization as readers know it has disappeared. Marauding bands are terrorizing the countryside, killing and looting. Jeremy Bellamy Walthers' goal is to cross 2,000 miles of ravaged countryside to reach the security of his brother's Montana ranch. En route he befriends a wolf who becomes a partner and companion via verbal and nonverbal communication. The story deals with Jeremy's interaction with the wolf and the other human survivors of the economic collapse. Dickson has created another superior novel; it's colorful, well written, and peopled with well-developed, multidimensional characters. The wolf is especially fascinating. YAs who have cut their teeth on such works as George's Julie of the Wolves (Harper, 1972) or Mowatt's Never Cry Wolf (Little, 1963) will enjoy this survival story in sci/fi clothing. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.