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The tactics of mistake

Author: Gordon R Dickson; Kelly Freas
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DAW Books, Inc., Donald A. Wollheim, Publisher, [1972] ©1971
Series: DAW=sf books, no. 9
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The two superpowers of of future Earth had learned to fight their wars among the colonized planets rather than on the home world--and if they could do it with paid mercenaries, so much the better. The best were the men of the Dorsai, soldiers born and bred, who commanded the greatest military respect. But in the battle going on on Kultis, something extra was involved. A very personal contest between the brash  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon R Dickson; Kelly Freas
ISBN: 0879972793 9780879972790 0879975342 9780879975340
OCLC Number: 1866297
Notes: Date of publication from ISFDB.org and printing statement in 7th printing copy: "First printing, June 1972."
"A DAW Books original"--Page 4 of cover.
"UQ1009"--Spine of cover.
"Cover art by Kelly Freas"--Verso of title-page.
Seventh printing (issued 1980) features cover art by Greg Theakston, with code "UJ1534."
Description: 222 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: DAW=sf books, no. 9
Responsibility: Gordon R. Dickson.

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"The two superpowers of of future Earth had learned to fight their wars among the colonized planets rather than on the home world--and if they could do it with paid mercenaries, so much the better. The best were the men of the Dorsai, soldiers born and bred, who commanded the greatest military respect. But in the battle going on on Kultis, something extra was involved. A very personal contest between the brash theoretical tactician, Cletus Grahame, for the Western Alliance, and his challenge to the most ambitious statesman of the Eastern Coalition. Grahame was no Dorsai, but he did have a set of untested theories, a style of physical wizardry, and what he called the 'tactics of mistake.' And the novel of how Grahame risked his life, the fate of three worlds, and ultimately the whole of the Dorsai to find out whether a mistake was not a mistake, is one of the most consistently exciting science fiction novels of the year"--Page 4 of cover.

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