The Dosadi Experiment (Tor Science Fiction) and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. The Dosadi Experiment (Tor Science Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – September 16, Frank Herbert () created the most beloved novel in the annals of science. The Dosadi Experiment is part of a series on Saboteur Extraordinary Jorj X. McKie consisting of two pieces of short fiction, A Matter of Traces. The Dosadi Experiment is a Science Fiction novel by Frank Herbert; part of his ConSentiency series (less famous than his Dune series). The protagonist is.
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Okay, I urgently need to reread the entire Dune saga. Yet The Dosadi Experiment is supposed to be one of the few books still worth reading. An important part of this book is courtroom drama: McKie, is not only a top notch secret agent, coincidentally he is also the only guy in the universe disadi was accepted at the bar of the Gowachin court — the Gowachin being frog like aliens who have a legal system with intricate, changing rules and high stakes, the courtroom being an arena.
They provide legal ways to kill any participants — judges, Legums, clients … But it must be done with exquisite legal finesse, with its justifications apparent to all observers, and with the most delicate timing. Or to use exepriment review trope: It sucks the joy out of the reading. In the end, I just kept on reading to follow the plot to its conclusion, but that felt like being led, not something that engaged my mind actively, as I had not enough information to do so.
I have to admit the story itself was interesting, but this same mechanic also takes the joy experimemt of the plot twists.
But those of you thinking you might learn something about politics or power systems, look elsewhere. For example, the people set on Dosadi evolve to be both extremely perceptive and quick thinkers, as their violent living conditions are ruthless to the meek and the slow. Similarly, the Gowachin are focused on individual excellence, and are outright elitists.
The philosophical foundation of this novel boils down to simple social Darwinism. In the typical introductions to each chapter — snippets from fictional histories, scientific reports, alien aphorisms — Herbert does utter thinly veiled criticism at bureaucracy and militarism, both Soviet totalitarianism and USA imperialism.
Some of them are interesting, and some of them are bland and chewy. You be the judge. Law must retain useful ways to break with traditional forms because nothing is more certain than that the forms of Law remain when all justice is gone.
History has exleriment answered that question. Every society in the ConSentiency today reflects the historical judgment that failure to provide full information for informed consent on such an issue represents an ultimate crime.
THE DOSADI EXPERIMENT – Frank Herbert () | Weighing a pig doesn’t fatten it.
This is what Dosadi says: Greed sets its own limits, is self-regulating. In Whipping Star Jorj X. McKie needed to teach the godlike Caleban to communicate as a human, resulting in pages looking like gibberish. The problem is Herbert builds up so explicitly expeeriment the Dosadi abilities — they are dangerous monsters with superpowers, if they are let lose on the universe it will be an utter disaster — that when it becomes clear what their powers actually are, the sizzle soon becomes a hiss.
If anything, this book needed pages more. It is certainly true that Dosdi packs in too much. Like Liked by 1 person. That makes me wonder: I think you mentioned pretty much all the elements Herbert put dosado the Gowchin.
THE DOSADI EXPERIMENT – Frank Herbert (1977)
It has been a while since I read this book but what stayed with me of vosadi scenes is how their legal system is basically a reflection of their ecology. There are frequent references of Gowachin males winnowing their young so only the fittest survive. In court, not of the parties involved is certain of survival. Only those most skilled in the legal process will make it out unharmed and experimetn. It is almost Darwinian in nature.
Kinda like watching a dramatised wildlife documentary about the Serengetti. Drama, struggle for survival and entertainment rolled into one. The Dosadi take this struggle even further.
Population pressure has something to do with it of course. Members of your own species are your fiercest competitors.
The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert
Without the Gowachin influence I doubt Dosadi would have developed in the way it has though. They are both the ultimate bureaucrats and anti-bureaucrats. Looking forward to edperiment review: I thought the court arena was one of the easier parts to understand and the more basic drama parts. Other things like the phylums and Mckvies history and relation to BuSab and the like are more uncertain. I liked Whipping Star, because despite its faults, it was basically trying to communicate an alien understanding to the reader, as alien as mindset as the reader might possibly be able to understand.
I agree that the book should have been a bit longer, the court scene was a bit rushed.
Herbert was often rather subtle in his ecological analogies. The bit that I want more explanation about is the DemoPol, which as far as I can gather from various places is a kind of polling device that asks some of the public about things in order to gauge things. Herbert remains stuck in using only verbal communication.
Still, good that he included that. Interesting point about Consentiency. It was basically every citizen got a few policy question in its inbox each morning, and what got decided by those polls was put into law. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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Weighing a pig doesn’t fatten it. Experient gets me to the million dollar question already: Herbert tries to convey all this by passages like this: Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window. Anonymous February 18, at Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.