American SF and fantasy writer, best known for his ''Literature/ChildeCycle[=/=]Dorsai'' future history.

His other works include ''Literature/TheDragonKnight'' series, in which a couple of 20th-century graduate students find themselves in an alternate world that resembles Medieval England but with magic, dragons, and fairies; and the comedy ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' series, co-written with Creator/PoulAnderson, about a planet whose inhabitants spend all their time pretending to be characters from Earth fiction.
!!Works by Gordon R. Dickson with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/ChildeCycle''
* ''Literature/TheDragonKnight'' series
* ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' series (with Creator/PoulAnderson)

!!Other works by Gordon R. Dickson provide examples of:

* DeflectorShields: In ''Way of the Pilgrim'' the personal force-shield of any Aalag soldier would allow him to hold out indefinitely against any weapons humanity could throw at him. Even nukes. The ship-board version is presumably even more robust.
* {{Heavyworlder}}: ''Hour of the Horde'' and some short stories add an uncommon corollary: on a high-gravity world things fall faster (because of higher 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* SuperweaponSurprise: In ''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, 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. 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.
* 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.
* UrsineAliens: The Dilbians.
* VichyEarth: ''The Way of the Pilgrim'' tells a pretty straightforward interpretation of this trope, with the protagonist, a translator/pet for the occupying Aalaag, organizing a revolution with the power of the indomitable human spirit. They have to, since militarily LaResistance is futile--if he had to, one fully armored Aalaag could defeat every human army in an afternoon.