Trying to find a book I remember reading probably in the early 80s. The protagonist is an anthropomorphic bear on a planet of bears. He’s a postman or a mailman, which is a prestigious job.

  • Hi there. That's some info already, but please take a look at [thse guidelines][scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/a/9337/98028), see if they trigger any more memories to edit in. For instance, you say it's sci-fi/fantasy - what other aspects of sci-fi or fantasy did that book have? Was it normal that the bears could talk, post mail etc? Or had they been uplifted or something? – Jenayah Mar 29 '19 at 20:50
  • Could it be this children's book? – JBH Mar 29 '19 at 20:51
  • @JBH in which case it doesn't seem on-topic, same as Mr Bear, Postman – Jenayah Mar 29 '19 at 20:54
  • @Jenayah, there's a point to be made there. Not exactly scifi-y are they? – JBH Mar 29 '19 at 21:03
  • It doesn't really bear thinking about. – Valorum Mar 29 '19 at 21:05

This sounds like the 1st story in The Right to Arm Bears by Gordon R. Dickson. It's an omnibus of 3 stories involving the bears-like aliens of the planet Dilbia.

The first story, "Spacial Delivery" is about a human (John Tardy/Half-Pint Posted) who is delivered to his destination by the "stalwart Dilbian postman Hill Bluffer".

The second story was also a novel "Spacepaw", and the third is a short story, "The Law-Twister Shorty" which before the omnibus appeared in various collections.

Cover of the 1983 edition of the stand-alone novel Spacial Delivery: Cover of 1983 edition of Spacial Delivery

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    Could you edit to explain why this sounds like the story the OP has described? – TheLethalCarrot Mar 29 '19 at 21:08
  • You're probably right (+1) but please include the title of the story and some of explanation of how it matches the OP's description, perhaps with a quotation or two from the story. The first story in that collection (Gordon Dickson's Dilbia series) is "The Man in the Mailbag", which is available at archive.org/details/Galaxy_v17n04_1959-04/page/n160 – user14111 Mar 29 '19 at 21:20
  • @TheLethalCarrot - is it policy here to suppress the location of a link? i try to avoid posting links that don't show the destination. ///// yes, i can add the why of it. give me a bit to read up. [grin] – Lee_Dailey Mar 29 '19 at 21:20
  • @Lee_Dailey it's more about formatting​, plain links are kind of ugly... The link is still here, wrapping the story title, and anyone can preview it in their browser before going to the address – Jenayah Mar 29 '19 at 21:30
  • @Jenayah - it makes me uncomfy ... but this is y'alls playground, so i will do my best to abide by the local customs. [grin] thank you for the feedback! – Lee_Dailey Mar 29 '19 at 21:57

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