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Earthman's Burden

Earthman s Burden It could almost have been Earth or so thought Ensign Alexander Braithwaite Jones who crash landed on the planet Taka light years from the Solar System Then he met the Hokas a race of teddy bear

  • Title: Earthman's Burden
  • Author: Poul Anderson Gordon R. Dickson
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 276
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  • It could almost have been Earth or so thought Ensign Alexander Braithwaite Jones, who crash landed on the planet Taka, 500 light years from the Solar System Then he met the Hokas, a race of teddy bear like aliens, with the astounding ability to transform outdated Earth stories into riotous real life adventures From the guns and slang of an Old West saloon to a hair raiIt could almost have been Earth or so thought Ensign Alexander Braithwaite Jones, who crash landed on the planet Taka, 500 light years from the Solar System Then he met the Hokas, a race of teddy bear like aliens, with the astounding ability to transform outdated Earth stories into riotous real life adventures From the guns and slang of an Old West saloon to a hair raising drug bust in Victorian England led to the by a button nosed, pipe puffing Hokan Sherlock Holmes, the Hokas demand that Alex Jones live it all along with them Suddenly his ordinary military career is changed into a crazy world of intergalactic adventure, as he tries, without much success, to bring his furry, alien charges along the road to civilization, sanity, and a m ore respectable social rating in the Interbeing League.

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    1. Poul Anderson Gordon R. Dickson

      Pseudonym A A Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P Sanders, P A Kingsley.Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948 He married Karen Kruse in 1953 They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972 He was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America, a loose knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter s Flashing Swords anthologies He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism Robert A Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy 2 3 Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital Several of his novels were published posthumously.Series Time Patrol Psychotechnic League Trygve Yamamura Harvest of Stars King of Ys Last Viking Hoka Future history of the Polesotechnic League Flandry

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    1. This book was a big surprise to me. We picked it up because of the cover - who can resist bears and science fiction? Turns out it's a series of short stories that were originally published in science fiction magazines in the 50's. Without giving too much away, in the future, we've discovered a plant populated by a race that looks like teddy bears. They're an extremely literal race and when they are presented with literature and movies from Earth, they take on those roles quite seriously. An astr [...]


    2. How can I not like a book about a planet of sentient teddy bears named Hokas that voraciously adapt various Earth stories and act them out as if they're reality? Thank goodness they never came across Mein Kamph or the Communist Manifesto!This is a lighthearted, silly collection of short stories detailing one Earthman delegate's misadventures in attempting to quell the Hoka's vivid imagination to little success. As the title suggests, a bit of imperial colonialism/native culture assimilation come [...]


    3. Ah, Hoka! A race of teddy-bear-like aliens, charming, friendly -- a serious danger to your sanity.Hokas, you see, love fiction so much that they will adopt the roles and start playing it out. The series opens with Alexander Jones, crash landed on Toka, their planet, realizing that the first explorers had introduced new concepts to them by use of the Wild West. The Hokas have cheerfully adopted them whole cloth. Well, not entirely. Ten gallon hats, longhorns albeit reptilian, and even men's names [...]



    4. Read this with the boys. They didn't get a lot of the references (French Foreign Legion, the intricacies of Sherlock Holmes) but, with a little explanation, they enjoyed the play on these different works. Anderson's Hoka is a very dated, and--I expect--a very obscure work that perhaps deserves to be a bit less obscure.


    5. I don't know why this book got good reviews, I couldn't stand it, I read the first 1/4, scanned the next quarter, and gave up. I love sci-fi but couldn't stand this book.


    6. Earthman's Burden by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson is a collection of short stories set in the Hoka universe. The Hoka are an adorable race that look like one meter tall teddy bears and which emulate stories which they are told. They can not tell the difference between reality and the story and so attempt to subconsciously make the whole story reality. The resulting stories are very funny but sweet at the same time. The first story the Sherriff of Canyon Gulch tells how the main character in [...]


    7. I was surprised how much fun this book was. The Hokas are a species of teddy bear creatures that are surprisingly intelligent matched with a tendency to immerse themselves completely into fiction stories they enjoy and change their society to match. A little role play never hurt anyone, right? Nope!This book is a compilation of a series of stories that appeared in several science fiction magazines and books in the '50s. Each story is relatively self contained, focusing on the Hokas' adopting a c [...]


    8. Uno dei romanzi più divertenti e comici che abbia mai letto. Fantascienza umoristica allo stato puro. Non ha una trama intricata, né storie dipanate su più livelli, passaggi profondi o personaggi tridimensionali - al contrario, è tutto molto molto molto semplice - ma di sicuro ha la capacità di intrattenere il lettore in modo egregio.Gli Hoka, orsetti del pianeta Toka con più fantasia che cervello, sono un'involontaria miniera di trovate eccezionali, che mettono bonariamente in ridicolo i [...]


    9. These stories can be classified as part of the rather small genre of science-fiction farce. They're juvenile, ridiculous, and low on literary merit, despite being written by a team of two experienced and popular writers who were both capable of better.However, the Hoka are an original and amusing idea with some potential. When you get used to them, they're at once bizarre and rather likeable; the book is possibly worth reading to make their acquaintance. An author such as Jasper Fforde could hav [...]


    10. Okay- I'm just going to ignore the title for now because I have no idea what the authors were thinking when they chose it. Other than that- Stripper Teddy Bear was very off putting. This might look like a GREAT book for your kids. I mean you can't go wrong Teddy Bears from Space right? But if the title alone doesn't clue you in, just trust me, there are plenty of adult concepts in this story. Personally it just comes across as pretty creepy. I'll never look at Teddy Bears the same way again.


    11. Gli Hoka, una razza di orsacchiotti spaziali tipo Ewok sotto steroidi, ha come passatempo principale l'interpretazione letterale della narrativa di genere proveniente dalla Terra, con esiti spesso distruttivi e esilaranti. Si spazia dal giallo classico al romanzo d'avventura piratesco, il tutto condito da un sottofondo fantascientifico molto ironico e leggero. Hoka Sapiens non è certo una raccolta di racconti imperdibile, ma resta comunque divertente da leggere.


    12. I love this book.Anderson and Dickson, two successful, experienced SF authors, were obviously having a lot of fun, and they came up with a premise and with characters--the Hoka, large, powerful, but kindly teddy bears--that are perfect for this sort of story.The funniest SF book I've ever read.


    13. Nach wie vor die einzige komische SciFi, die dem Anhalter das Wasser reichen kann. Auch (oder erst recht) im englischen O-Ton.


    14. Grade B+. Short stories. GoodReads book record lists co-author Gordon R. Dickson, but doesn't list in shelf author column, nor does this book turn up for him in personal shelf search.




    15. Aliens who look like sentient teddy bears mimic Victorian England as seen through the Sherlock Holmes stories. The cover depicts a Sherlock Bear riding a dragon/lizard thing. God I love nerds



    16. I loved this book when I was younger. I came across another about the Hokas on when I was searching for The Sound and the Furry.


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