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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. De Camp offers descriptions of geography, plants, and animals in "A Gun for Dinosaur." Do these descriptions enhance your enjoyment of the story? Why would de Camp devote space to the descriptions?

2. Many writers and critics regard "A Gun for Dinosaur" as a classic; what qualities does it have that would make it a classic? Why would it be widely admired?

3. Would someone who is not interested in dinosaurs like "A Gun for Dinosaur"? What would be its appeal?

4. Are you satisfied with how de Camp handles the time paradox in the story?

5. What is more attractive about "A Gun for Dinosaur," the adventure or the dinosaurs?

6. Why do Rivers and Aiyar not send Courtney James home before he causes a disaster?

7. Did you learn anything from the novelette?