The Right to Arm Bears

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The nine-foot tall, bear-like natives of planet Dilbia prize strength and sharp thinking over technology, which puts the relatively puny humans that have come to their world seeking an alliance at a disadvantage. And if that isn’t bad enough, Earthers aren’t the only aliens interested in a partnership. The dreaded Hemnoids—a bulky race with a nasty cruel streak—also have their eyes on the planet. Fortunately, creative problem-solving comes easily to certain humans–humans like John Tardy, Bill Waltham, and Malcolm O’Keefe, each of whom is thrust unceremoniously into their own Dilbian socio-political messes with only their quick wits and bendy thinking to help them prove to the Dilbians that humans are a race to be taken seriously.

Other than the blunt, good-natured disposition of the Dilbians themselves, The Right to Arm Bears doesn’t provide much to get attached to. The book is a collection of three separate stories, each featuring a different human hero, who manages to finesse his way out of a thorny, politically-charged problem. Unfortunately, the individual stories lack a cohesive thread, each female character is pigeon-holed into either a damsel in distress or a nagging shrew, and the three protagonists are completely indistinguishable from each other.

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Author Gordon R Dickson
Star Count 2/5
Format Trade
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Baen
Publish Date 2016-Nov-01
ISBN 9781476782058
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Issue March 2017
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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