History Creator / GordonRDickson

13th Dec '15 9:51:49 AM Graybeard
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* WorldOfChaos: The whole theme of his novel ''Time Storm'', in which the eponymous storms can change a locale's time frame by thousands of years or more as they pass.
13th Dec '15 9:51:49 AM Graybeard
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10th Oct '15 7:01:57 AM tkzv
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Dickson loved this trope. If there are humans and aliens in the story, there's definitely ValuesDissonance and misunderstanding, often very deep. [[HumansThroughAlienEyes For both sides.]] It even happens between humans from different planets. How successful, convincing or realistic those systems of values were, is... ''very'' debatable. ** Occasionally subverted, like in ''The Odd Ones'' short story. Aliens ascribe different disgusting ideas to humans, up to and beyond HumanResources, but in the end humans prove quite nice from their point of view, and all visible oddities stem from having two sexes.
31st Dec '14 7:04:11 PM tkzv
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* TechnologyUplift: Discussed in ''Wolfling'', where mankind meets an interstellar empire of HumanAliens. Every High-Born (a member of the ruling race) receives enough education to uplift a stone-age planet to the imperial level.
31st Dec '14 6:47:36 PM tkzv
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* LaserBlade: In ''Wolfling'' the preferred weapon of High-Born (haughty, but highly advanced Human Aliens ruling an interstellar empire) are hand-sized "pipes" that project an energy beam, length of which can be varied during fight.
27th Jul '14 2:22:59 AM tkzv
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Heavyworlder: it was in "Hour of the Horde".
* {{Heavyworlder}}: In a short story, which adds an uncommon corollary: things fall faster (or rather, accelerate at a higher rate) on a high-gravity world. One alien from such a world is somewhat stronger, but much faster, because falling over on such a planet is a ''bad'' idea and being able to catch falling things is usually helpful too.
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* {{Heavyworlder}}: In a ''Hour of the Horde'' and some short story, which adds stories add an uncommon corollary: on a high-gravity world things fall faster (or rather, accelerate at a (because of higher rate) on a high-gravity world. One alien acceleration). A HumanoidAlien from such a world is somewhat stronger, but much faster, because falling over on such a planet is a ''bad'' idea and being able to catch falling things is usually helpful too.
29th Jun '14 12:07:51 AM tkzv
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* SuperweaponSurprise: In a short story, an aggressive alien race discovers Earth by analysis of floating space debris and launches a covert surveillance mission as a prelude to invasion. Sadly for the aliens, they discover that the humans not only know about them, they used the alien mission as a tool to psychologically profile the would-be conquerors and find out all about ''their'' civilization and military capabilities.
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* HumansAreSpecial / HumanityIsSuperior: If the setting has humans against aliens, humans always win. Often just because they are oh so awesome. In more reasonable works they win by being [[{{Determinator}} very persistent]]. * SuperweaponSurprise: In a short story, ''The Alien Way'', an aggressive alien race discovers Earth by analysis of floating space debris and launches a covert surveillance mission as a prelude to invasion. Sadly for the aliens, they discover that the humans not only know about them, they used the alien mission as a tool to psychologically profile the would-be conquerors and find out all about ''their'' civilization and military capabilities.capabilities. Then humans sent a message about how they've deceived the aliens, together with images of spaceships ready to strike the alien homeworld and an offer of peace.
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