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Wolf and Iron

Written By:Gordon R. Dickson - 1990

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After the collapse of civilization, when the social fabric of America has come apart in bloody rags, when every man's hand is raised against another, and only the strong survive.

"Jeebee" Walther was a scientist, a student of human behavior, who saw the Collapse of the world economy coming, but could do nothing to stop it. Now he must make his way across a violent and lawless America, in search of a refuge where he can keep the spark of knowledge alive in the coming Dark Age. He could never make it on his own, but he has found a companion who can teach him how to survive on instinct and will. Jeebee has been adopted by a great Gray Wolf.


Jeebee tensed as he climbed. True, Wolf had not so far tried to take from him anything that he was actually holding, even the bits of porcupine meat the were merely close to him. But that was no guarantee. Moreover, Wolf was really an awesomely dangerous animal, wtih those teeth and the speed and power Jeebee had seen hom show over the past few weeks. If it came to a real contest between them... Jeebee had come to love Wolf, but now, somehow, everything had changed... Deep in him a primitive decision was stirring. He had food now, and no one, not even Wolf, was going to take any of it from him.

He went on up the ladder.

As his head rose above the earth, and his eyes met Wolf's, only a half a dozen feet away, something seemed to touch him at the base of the back of his skull. A chill flooded out as if it was some powerful dye; spreading forward to the back of his ears, down his spine. As he continued to come up the ladder and step out at last on level ground, his vision focused more and more tightly until he saw nothing but Wolf directly ahead of him—and all this time his eyes and never left Wolf's...


"WOLF AND IRON, a tale sustained on a raft of emotion, shines in its clarity like a jewel." —Los Angeles Times

"One of the best of the season... a fine piece of writing." —The Toronto Star

"Dickson has surpassed his own usual high quality of writing in breating life into scenes, and in the process has created the most human, best-realized character of his career." —Publishers Weekly

"Dickson's skill at storytelling combines painstaking research with a craftsperson's love for his work in this novel of faith in humanity's ability to learn from the wild." —Library Journal