Necromancer

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Doubleday, 1962 - Fiction - 191 pages
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Life on Earth is good. Disease is checked, hunger ended, and war and suffering abolished, with liberty and justice and a high standard of living for all.
But Paul Formain, a strangely gifted young engineer, doesn't believe a word of it.
So he comes to Walter Blunt's Chantry Guild, whose motto is "Destruct!" and whose stated goal is the end of civilization. There are Alternate Laws at work in the world, says the Chantry Guild; Walter Blunt has pledged his life to them, and to the principle of destruction as a positive force.
Even more disturbingly, the Alternate Laws appear to work.
After centuries of hope and progress, and the triumph of science, something strange is happening to mankind. And whatever it is, it's going to be big.

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This book was also published as "No Room For Man". Dickson has created a good Dorsai story here. this is a prequel, in which Dickson sets up the psychological side of the divergent evolutionary stage that will face mankind. Read full review

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A naturalized American who was born in Canada in 1923, Gordon Rupert Dickson is a popular science fiction writer. Dickson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948 and made his home in Minneapolis. Among his many novels, especially notable is Soldier, Ask Not, which won the Hugo Award in 1965. For many years, Dickson's most engrossing project was his Childe Cycle, a series of novels about humanity's evolutionary potential, which included a group of futuristic books that are popularly known as the Dorsai Cycle. Dickson also wrote hundreds of short stories and novelettes including Call Him Lord, for which he received a Nebula Award in 1966.

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