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Necromancer by Gordon R. Dickson

Necromancer (1962)

by Gordon R. Dickson, Gordon R. Dickson

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Series: Childe Cycle (2)

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This book was also published as "No Room For Man". Dickson has created a good Dorsai story here. this is a prequel, in which Dickson sets up the psychological side of the divergent evolutionary stage that will face mankind. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jul 1, 2014 |
There isn't much action in this book compared to the rest of the series & the philosophy is a bit weird, but the observations about society are fantastic. In some very interesting examples, he points out the craziness that happens when a society has everything it needs & no longer has to focus on survival. Sound familiar? It is. Amazingly so. There's also a brief look at what happens when a computer runs a society. Very interesting & worthwhile reading, even if you don't read any other book in the series. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Jun 19, 2013 |
The SF elements of artificial intelligence, parapsychology, genetic manipulation are standard devices. The characterization of Paul Formaine is reasonably developed with his malformed arm serving as an apt symbol for his malformed ambition, his missing arm for his lack of personal awareness.

The book is not as engaging as one would hope for the beginning of a powerful series. Dickson's intoduction of the Chantry Guild is, naturally, not as compelling as its later incarnation. The minor characters are two dimentional.

All said, however, the story gives a credible rationale and beginning for the Childe Cycle. ( )
  darlingtrk | Apr 28, 2009 |
The Chantry Guild is a strange cult that seeks to cure the world of its dependence on technology - by destroying it. Paul Formain, a young man who has suffered a couple of inexplicable life-threatening accidents is drawn to the Guild after reading their claims of the power of their Alternate Laws - which purportedly includes limb regrowth.

I remembered Gordon R Dickson as being an author whose stories I used to enjoy, although it's many years since I've read any, so I was rather disappointed that this one really didn't grab me - although I've no doubt the subtext is supposed to be an allegory for aspects of modern day life, it just didn't interest me enough to want to spend time looking for any deep meaning. ( )
  wildcard_sej | Oct 12, 2008 |
Man created the monster of technology, and now the monster is controlling man and threatening to destroy what makes him human. In a distant future, Dickson presents four philosophical views on the relationship that has developed between man and machines. Hero Paul Formain shares characteristics with Ayn Rand's heroes making her works natural read-alikes.

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  ktoonen | May 6, 2008 |
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Dickson, Gordon R.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaughan, JackCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickman, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812545303, Mass Market Paperback)

Life on Earth is good. Disease is checked, hunger ended, and war and suffering abolished, with liberty and justice and a high standard of living for all.

But Paul Formain, a strangely gifted young engineer, doesn't believe a word of it.

So he comes to Walter Blunt's Chantry Guild, whose motto is "Destruct!" and whose stated goal is the end of civilization. There are Alternate Laws at work in the world, says the Chantry Guild; Walter Blunt has pledged his life to them, and to the principle of destruction as a positive force.

Even more disturbingly, the Alternate Laws appear to work.

After centuries of hope and progress, and the triumph of science, something strange is happening to mankind. And whatever it is, it's going to be big.

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