The Final Encyclopedia, Volume One of Two

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1996 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The Childe Cycle, also known as the Dorsai series, is Gordon R. Dickson's future history of humankind and its ultimate destiny. Now one of its central novels return to print in a two-volume corrected edition.

In The Final Encyclopedia the human race is split into three Splinter cultures: the Friendlies, fanatic in their faith; the truth-seeking Exotics; and the warrior Dorsai. But now humanity is threatened by the power-hungry Others, whose triumph would end all human progress.

Hal Mayne is an orphan who was raised by three tutors: an Exotic, a Friendly, and a Dorsai. He is the only human capable of uniting humanity against the Others. But only if he is willing to accept his terrifying destiny...as savior of mankind.

A towering landmark of future history, The Final Encyclopedia is a novel every SF fan needs to own.
 

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User Review  - TadAD - LibraryThing

Quite frankly, this entry in the Childe Cycle seemed like its only purpose was to spawn more volumes and, thereby, more revenue. It was bloated and didn't have the quality of writing that I found in Tactics of Mistake, Soldier, Ask Not or Spirit of the Dorsai. Too bad, it was a good series. Read full review

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User Review  - SteveKSmy - LibraryThing

Really need the title on record here to be fixed!! A magnificent tome! While drawing so many loose threads together, new ones are left to draw us on further… Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
11
Chapter 2
21
Chapter 3
34
Chapter 4
44
Chapter 5
66
Chapter 6
84
Chapter 7
94
Chapter 8
103
Chapter 20
199
Chapter 21
207
Chapter 22
216
Chapter 23
224
Chapter 24
231
Chapter 25
242
Chapter 26
252
Chapter 27
259

Chapter 9
109
Chapter 10
118
Chapter 11
126
Chapter 12
134
Chapter 13
144
Chapter 14
151
Chapter 15
158
Chapter 16
167
Chapter 17
172
Chapter 18
184
Chapter 19
190
Chapter 28
267
Chapter 29
274
Chapter 30
283
Chapter 31
291
Chapter 32
300
Chapter 33
307
Chapter 34
314
Chapter 35
321
Chapter 36
328
Chapter 37
336
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About the author (1996)

Gordon R. Dickson was the Hugo- and Nebula-winning author of many classics of fantasy and science fiction, most famously the Childe Cycle (also known as the Dorsai series). He died in 2001.

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