When I was a kid, I remember reading a science fiction novel in which the main character loses an arm at some point, and has a run in with a homicidal squirrel. Does anyone know what this was?

For what it's worth, I remember it was one of four novels published in a single volume collection, one of the other's was Alfred Bester's "The Demolished Man".

  • One arm makes me think of [Gil Hamilton][en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Hamilton], but no squirrel.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 2:29
  • For four-works collections, ISFDb lists this one though I don't know of a killer squirrel in those works. There's also this one, in French, though.
    – Jenayah
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 2:31
  • "Homicidal squirrel" makes me think of Mudge (the otter) from Spellsinger.
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 4:13
  • Thanks for the link to isfdb! It turns out I misremembered - the novel wasn't in that collection after all... Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 16:01

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Necromancer by Gordon R Dickson - chronologically it is the first in his Childe Cycle of novels

The main protagonist Paul Formaine loses an arm in a mining accident.

At a later point in the story he is undergoing initiation into the Chantry Guild during which he has to fight off an unexpected attack, which takes the form of a telepathically controlled squirrel trying to shoot him with his own gun while he is resting in a forest.

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    Looking on ISFDB I can't see an anthology where this story and Alfred Bester's "The Demolished Man" are collected together so the OP may be mistaken about that.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 13:55
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    Great - thanks a lot! That is exactly the one, the arm was lost in a mining accident... Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 16:02

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