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Into the gigantic task force assembling on the fringe of the Sirius system had gone the resources of seven inhabited worlds, and still it was not big enough.
The Sirius/Dogstar bit cold have been put down to a Freudian woof, had not Jim told us that his inspiration for 'Dogfight' came from seeing an ancient pooch asleep in torrential rain.  ". . . I kept thinking about that dog, about the human nature of dogs and the often animal nature of men.  The result . . . one of my few war stories" (from Introduction to Monsters and Medics).  Battle computer RK9 = 'R' for Robot and K9 for -- aargh!  'Dogfight' also prefigures the major plot-point of Open Prison/The Escape Orbit (see under Books).

Synopsis by graham Andrews
First Publication:
  •  NEW WORLDS No 81, March 1959
Publication History:
  • New Worlds US reprint  edition, April 1960


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