Earthman's Burden

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Earthman's Burden
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorPoul Anderson and Gordon Dickson
IllustratorEdd Cartier
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)

Earthman's Burden is a collection of science fiction stories by American writers Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1957. The story "Don Jones" was original to this collection. The other stories originally appeared in the magazines Other Worlds, Universe and Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The stories involve a teddy bear-like alien race known as Hokas, and spoof a variety of fictional genres.


  • "The Sheriff of Canyon Gulch"
  • "Don Jones"
  • "In Hoka Signo Vinces"
  • "The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound"
  • "Yo Ho Hoka!"
  • "The Tiddlywink Warriors"


Floyd C. Gale wrote that the stories in Earthman's Burden were "reasonably amusing. Under one cover and in company with minor works, though, the cumulative effect is less rewarding ... Hoka, like pickles, is a tasty appetizer in moderation, but leaves a characteristic aftertaste if overindulged".[1]

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  1. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (May 1958). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy. pp. 116–119. Retrieved 13 June 2014.


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