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Originally published on my blog here in February 2004.Though Dickson himself is keen that the three novels generally known as the Dorsai Trilogy should be considered to be part of the far larger framework of his Chantry Guild future history of which they form part, there are few science fiction fans who would not feel that Tactics of Mistake, Soldier, Ask Not and Dorsai are farinteresting and readable than their fellows The reason for this is simple Dickson later on let his writing beco Originally published on my blog here in February 2004.Though Dickson himself is keen that the three novels generally known as the Dorsai Trilogy should be considered to be part of the far larger framework of his Chantry Guild future history of which they form part, there are few science fiction fans who would not feel that Tactics of Mistake, Soldier, Ask Not and Dorsai are farinteresting and readable than their fellows The reason for this is simple Dickson later on let his writing become weighed down by some of the mystical ideas which form a relatively small part of these three novels interesting they may be, but they dominate the other books to such an extent that the reader is put off.Tactics of Mistake introduces the Dorsai, a race of mercenary soldiers of the future The background situation is one which is common in a lot of American science fiction of the period the Cold War extended over a group of colonised planets In Dickson s future history, many of these planets are home to groups of specialists scientists on Newton, the mystical Exotics on Kultis this, under the name of the Splintering, is one of the ideas central to the Chantry Guild series as a whole for the human race to mature properly, it needs to split into groups which will each develop a specific kind of human, for later re integration.The setting is the planet Mara, host to a small war between the Alliance backed Exotics, the employers of the Dorsai, and the Coalition backed Neulanders Cletus Grahame is an Alliance officer recently arrived from Earth, who has come to Kultis to try out some new ideas he as about military strategy, notably the tactics of mistake , which basically consists of drawing an opponent into a series of errors at the end of which their position becomes untenable.There are obviously shadows of the Vietnam War in the novel, and implied criticism of American policy in the opportunistic imperialism which marks both the Alliance and the Coalition Grahame s tactics similarly seem to criticise American attempts to win in Vietnam by brute force methodsmen, better weapons, rather than tactics suited to the nature of the conflict as those adopted by the Viet Cong proved to be.Dickson s writing style is nothing if not mainstream science fiction The influences of Heinlein and Herbert are clearly to be seen in this novel, for example Dickson shared with Herbert a desire to make his subject mattersophisticated than in earlier science fiction he was here attempting to do for the depiction of military strategy what Herbert had done for politics in Dune The difference can be seen by citing another example In E.E Doc Smith s Lensman series, the strategic decisions consist of the deployment of a sequence of everspectacular weapons, combined with small group operations to disable the enemy command structure I find it hard to see, however, how the tactics Grahame devises based on the notoriously difficult to assess psychology of powerful members of the enemy hierarchy, could be generally applicable Think about how hard it has been for Americans to find Osama bin Laden and I think that Grahame s analysis of future actions of people like Dow Castries are on the same sort of level of difficulty Yet Grahame s plans always seem to work perfectly no miscalculations, no unforeseen difficulties, no chance event ruining things The only exception to his psychological understanding is his inability to read the woman he wants to marry.The take on the subject matter may be influenced by Herbert, but the writing style isfirmly in the style of Robert Heinlein s earlier novels before Stranger in a Strange Landd This is despite Dickson s clear rejection of the type of militarism which is part of Starship Troopers The Tactics of Mistake is exciting and easy to read Most serious science fiction fans will probably already have read the Dorsai Trilogy, but if not anyone who likes writers like Heinlein and Herbert will enjoy it An excellent book My first read of 2018 Read for VintageSciFiMonth in January First rate Military SciFi that dealswith the inner heart and mind of humanity than the battles, but describes the actions well Highly enjoyable and possibly the best book of The Childe Cycle so far Better than the earlier books Not as good as I remembered A long time ago this was my introduction to this series and Gordon Dickson in general And at the time it was a favorite And with this re read I still like it, and like it better than the earlier books It does a good job of moving the story along even if the parallel with Dorsai is way too strong And I don t think I read Dorsai until much later In this book Dickson tries to explain how the worlds went from Necromancer to Dorsai S Better than the earlier books Not as good as I remembered A long time ago this was my introduction to this series and Gordon Dickson in general And at the time it was a favorite And with this re read I still like it, and like it better than the earlier books It does a good job of moving the story along even if the parallel with Dorsai is way too strong And I don t think I read Dorsai until much later In this book Dickson tries to explain how the worlds went from Necromancer to Dorsai Soldier Ask Not And it is basically is just enough And we are given a clue as to where the Dorsai themselves come from And I guess I wasaccepting when I was younger, but I don t think I have the same level of belief And another ornamental female character For simple relatively short action books, there is a lot of philosophy and complexity At this point in the series there is just not enough to hold it together But the later books are a lot longer An old favorite is new again with the audio edition. Classic old time sci fi with dated charming language and reasonable characters I love that it completely takes fast interstellar travel as a given and doesn t dwell on it in the least Interplanetary conquest with overtones of Space Operas It s a quick read.Definitelymilitary strategy than anything else, but it s done well The fact that it flies in the face of US strategy in Vietnam was interesting written in 1970 It is one of the few books where our hero s strategy always works Classic old time sci fi with dated charming language and reasonable characters I love that it completely takes fast interstellar travel as a given and doesn t dwell on it in the least Interplanetary conquest with overtones of Space Operas It s a quick read.Definitelymilitary strategy than anything else, but it s done well The fact that it flies in the face of US strategy in Vietnam was interesting written in 1970 It is one of the few books where our hero s strategy always works which is a little annoying Reminds me of Dune a bit I enjoyed the timelessness of this book Dickson didn t dwell too much on what the differences were in technology and race, but rather on the existence of differences different groups had different attitudes, different technology had different benefits, etc I found the book a little optimistic though everything works out just the way Cletus plans and I ve just never seen that happen in the real world Life happens Armies and leaders are often plagued with unforeseen circumstances, mistakes a I enjoyed the timelessness of this book Dickson didn t dwell too much on what the differences were in technology and race, but rather on the existence of differences different groups had different attitudes, different technology had different benefits, etc I found the book a little optimistic though everything works out just the way Cletus plans and I ve just never seen that happen in the real world Life happens Armies and leaders are often plagued with unforeseen circumstances, mistakes and coincidence Leadership seems to beabout adapting to circumstances than trying to figure out exactly what s going to happen There s a lotaction in this book compared to the last one We ve also gone back in time, a century before the first book, to learn about the origins the real strength of the Dorsai A good, quick read with a neat ending.The series is still going strong On to the next book, The Spirit of Dorsai There s a lotaction in this book compared to the last one We ve also gone back in time, a century before the first book, to learn about the origins the real strength of the Dorsai A good, quick read with a neat ending.The series is still going strong On to the next book, The Spirit of Dorsai &Read Book ⇝ Tactics of Mistake ☛ It s obvious that Cletus Graeme limping, mild mannered scholarly doesn t belong on a battling field, but instead at a desk working on his fourth book on battle strategy and tactics But Bakhalla has battlefields than libraries, and Graeme sees his small force of Dorsai soldiers of fortune as the perfect opportunity to test his theories But if his theories or his belief in the Dorsai lead him astray, he s a dead man Dry, interesting concept, early example of military sci fi world building Could have done with a sense of humor An early influence on Enders Game Fantastic artwork A minor classic. 5 stars The Tactics of Mistake by Gordon R DicksonRead on iBooks, KyBook 1, 3 , SmashWords, Kobo, Good Reads, and others as I find them Started 28 Avril 2019.Finished 1 June 2019 Title Using old knowledge to offset modern ills When this book first came out, I was recovering from a bad auto accident and had a chance to read it as a new book in the early 1970s I swore at the time that I d get a copy eventually for myself The last thing I expected was to forget 5 stars The Tactics of Mistake by Gordon R DicksonRead on iBooks, KyBook 1, 3 , SmashWords, Kobo, Good Reads, and others as I find them Started 28 Avril 2019.Finished 1 June 2019 Title Using old knowledge to offset modern ills When this book first came out, I was recovering from a bad auto accident and had a chance to read it as a new book in the early 1970s I swore at the time that I d get a copy eventually for myself The last thing I expected was to forget about it until nearly 50 years later I can t wait to see what I remembered correctly or how far off I was Okay, the first several chapters are what I remembered It dealt with an aspect of fencing which I was learning at the time best described as Tactic of Mistake mostly because I can t remember the actual term The lessons learned then are surprisingly still true today From military to political to medical Just because time has past, in no way means that all must change Only that the possibility is there, if the force guidance is around will they change The medical lessons are hinted at early and actually start in chapter 7 and are much as I remembered them They helped me do what I ve done so far in my life, and I hope that relearning them I ll be able to make the rest of my life easier Getting through this book slowly and re learning refreshing my knowledge, is what s taking longer than my normal speed However, seeing some of the effects of relearning this type of medicinethan makes up for it Even though I now own a copy, I m reading and relearning the medical aspects since they are still applicable today It sort of makes me wonder why the AMA doesn t pass on actual cures any Antibiotics have been abused so much, that we now have antibiotic resistant viruses Don t get me wrong thinking that I m against high tech medicine, I m not There are times and conditions where it can be very beneficial to have access to it Why do so many people have to get flu pneumonia et cetera shots yearly when your body s own microbiome can take better care of each individual, than a research company guessing which single virus is going to be big highly profitable this year What s even worse is the fact that you can t sue the medical doctors if their vaccines were for the wrong virus it s against the law federal law , so they are actually above the law , and even if people die, they are untouchable For my personal day to day life, the techniques described helps me live While the general population doesn t have total access to the practices described in the book, what we do have could improve the average person s life The American Medical Association would disagree since it enables the individual rather than keeping that same individual loaded down with their drugs I m sorry, after reading some of the medications I m taking was taking have a possible side effect of death and the AMA is perfectly fine with that I m not I ll do my best to eradicate them out of my life I read this book on my iPhone iBooks