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
- NEW WORLDS No 81, March 1959
- New Worlds US reprint edition, April 1960