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Old October 23rd, 2002, 08:05 PM
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I've just re-read Jerry Pournelle's (and S.M. Stirling's) Falkenberg and Sparta stories, and Gordon R. Dickson's Tacitics of Mistake, Dorsai and Spirit of Dorsai.

I was wondering which of these two authors people prefer.
(of course the real answer is both)

On the one hand, Dickson tells a story of huge scope in a small number of pages, without it seeming a small story. On the other, the whole pyschic powers/alternate laws element I find to be distracting.

Pournelle's Sparta stories however really resonate with the current world problems with terrorism. He really nails the disgusting depravity of the terroristic mind and what it means to civilized men.

Pournelle's accounts of tactics seem to be trying to capture the reality of the near past and present, while Dickson seems to try to open something new.

Anyway, who else could I talk to about this than the people here?
Dave \"Dr. Skull\" Nelson
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