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The Human Edge Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2003


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (November 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The overall theme of this book is that humans have an ingrained advantage over aliens.
Travis Estes
Adventure scifi is my favorite and Dickson excels in creating mini worlds, plots and characters that are believable and great fun.
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Highly recommended for Dickson fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of daring and cunning exploits, with occasional humor.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Human Edge (2003) is a collection of twelve stories of various lengths by the author. The subject and title were initially suggested by Jim Baen, but the selections were made by Hank Davis. These twelve stories were originally published during the period from 1957 to 1969, but I have read (and enjoyed) most to them in anthologies or in the author's previous collections. However, insofar as I am aware, none are currently in print elsewhere.

The first story sets the theme, for "Danger - Human" (1957) vividly points out that there is more to mankind than meets the eye. "Sleight of Wit" (1961) is a classic con game in strange circumstances. "In the Bone" (1966) gets down to the basics. "3-Part Puzzle" (1962) teaches a lesson about stereotyping. "An Ounce of Emotion" (1965) refutes the idea that advanced technology instills rationality. "Brother Charlie" (1958) continues the lesson on intelligence versus rationality.

"The Game of Five" (1960) is a companion piece to the novel Spacial Delivery, where a Consul drafts someone to complete a task and gets more than he expected. "Tiger Green" (1965) is a story of a terrible misunderstanding on the part of an alien society. "The Hard Way" (1963) is actually a longer story and has been published as a short novel; the story is another variant of the theme of "3-Part Puzzle", but this time the aliens have never found any peers. "Jackal's Meal" (1969) recapitulates a theme by Kipling. "On Messenger Mountain" (1964), the longest story, is about versatility and instrumentality. "The Catch" (1959) is about the perils of competency.

The author is chauvinistic about humanity and more than a litte mystical in these stories. Of course, you should know these tendencies if you have read his works.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Travis Estes on March 26, 2007
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This is a great compilation of stories envolving Humans interacting with alien races. The overall theme of this book is that humans have an ingrained advantage over aliens. In each story takes a unique aproach to this overall theme. I highly recomend this book, it's a great book to read when you have a little time to kill as it's not to heavy a read, and you can finish a story in one sitting fairly easily. I won't go into any of the stories as I don't want to spoil it. In summary, you should buy this, the stories are memorable and well written. A great addition to anyones library of SF...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on May 25, 2007
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The Human Edge

The Human Edge (2003) by Gordon R. Dickson is a collection of short stories selected by Hank Davis which includes:

Danger-Human (1957)

Sleight of Wit (1961)

In The Bone (1966)

3-Part Puzzle (1962)

An Ounce of Emotion (1965)

Brother Charlie (1958)

The Game of Five (1960)

Tiger Green (1965)

The Hard Way (1963)

Jackal's Meal (1969)

On Messenger Mountain (1964)

The Catch (1959)

Highly recommended for Dickson aficionados

Gunner May,2007
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By 88 on January 6, 2012
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Having had only limited exposure of Dickson before reading this, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of all of the stories. Adventure scifi is my favorite and Dickson excels in creating mini worlds, plots and characters that are believable and great fun. Each story offers hope for humanity in the millenia to come. I highly recommend this book.

I only wish Baen Publishing would stop the annoying habit of placing horrific cover art on their books. The pictures on most of their books in general, and for this book in particular, have no reference to any story in this excellent book and may dissuade readers away.
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Just to clarify the above review, if you check the Baen Books website, you will find that this title is a reprint of short stories originally published in the 50's and 60's in various SF magazines. It is not written by a ghost writer but is a chance for readers to enjoy old favorites or find new ones if they weren't around back then. Unfortunately, this program requires me to rate the book and I haven't read it yet. I just didn't want it to die on the vine because of previously given faulty information.
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