Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra

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Three novels and three novellas together for the first time in volume six of multiple Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Poul Anderson’s Technic Civilization science fiction adventure epic. In the twilight of the Terran Empire, one secret agent stands ready with the grit and wits to save a corrupt empire by hook or by crook.

In the twilight of the Terran Empire, one man exists who can save his empire—and civilization itself—by hook or by crook, whether his “betters” appreciate his ...

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Three novels and three novellas together for the first time in volume six of multiple Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Poul Anderson’s Technic Civilization science fiction adventure epic. In the twilight of the Terran Empire, one secret agent stands ready with the grit and wits to save a corrupt empire by hook or by crook.

In the twilight of the Terran Empire, one man exists who can save his empire—and civilization itself—by hook or by crook, whether his “betters” appreciate his efforts or not. Flandry is both a James Bond style agent of empire, and agent-provocateur of change. Flandry is a heroic but tragic figure: a man who knows too much history, who knows that battle and scheme as he will the Long Night of Empire is approaching. If that darkness is not to fall in his own lifetime, must do what he can. And anyone, human or alien, who gets in his way, will most definitely regret it.

Contains three complete Flandry novels collected in one volume for the first time: The Plague of Masters, Go Home, Hunters of the Sky Cave and A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows. This is the sixth entry in the seven-volume complete cycle of The Technic Civilization Saga.

About Poul Anderson:
"One of science fiction's authentic geniuses."–Chicago Sun-Times

“Anderson fuses elegiac prose and a sweeping vision of man’s technological future…”–Booklist

“One of science fiction’s giants.”–Arthur C. Clarke

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  • ISBN-13: 9781451638226
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Technic Civilization Series, #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Baen
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,004,292
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Poul Anderson was one of the most prolific and popular writers in science fiction. He won the Hugo Award seven times and the Nebula Award three times, as well as the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America. With a degree in physics, and a wide knowledge of other fields of science, he was noted for building stories on a solid foundation of real science, as well as for being one of the most skilled creators of fast-paced adventure stories. He was author of over a hundred novels and story collections, and several hundred short stories, as well as several mysteries and nonfiction books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Science Fiction's James Bond

    Poul Anderson's classic James Bond for the science fiction fan - get this and the two earlier volumes from Baen Books.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    The four reprints are entertaining tales of outer space daring do

    "Earthman, Go Home". Although the natives prefer he leave, Captain Sir Dominic Flandry of the Intelligence Corps, Imperial Terrestrial Navy visits the lost world Unan Besar. His mission is to bring the planet back into the Terran Empire before the Merseians use it as a military base.----------------------------

    "Hunters of the Sky Cave". Flandry helps a woman escape from a Merseian supported insurgency while setting up a counterinsurgency, but ponders that "We Claim These Stars" even while the Terran Empire will go the way of previous superpowers during the Long Night-----------------

    "The Warriors from Nowhere". Flandry battles his Merseian adversary Aycharaych, who has the advantage of telepathy. --------------------

    "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows". The Terran Empire is rapidly decaying as fortyish Flandry knows due partly from high level corruption. When Molitor seizes control, Flandry supports him as he believes a strong military leader is the only hope to prevent the Empire from imploding immediately. He also recently learns he has a son after a tryst with Persis the dancer and begins one with aristocratic slave Kossara from Dennitza. However, he will soon find out that his greatest success leaves him empty with nothing more than pride for accomplishing his job, no challenges left that matters, and a despondent look back at what he achieved and what he failed at. ------------------

    The four reprints are entertaining tales of outer space daring do. The first three star the carefree James Bond in space swashbuckling hero, which feel somewhat repetitive although Hunters of the Sky Cave hint at a darker outlook. The last contribution is superb as a middle age Flandry muses that all he did over the last couple of decades was place his thumb in the dyke while the slow flood of rot and decay spreads; he concludes he slowed down the death of the empire as all nations turn to stardust.
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    Harriet Klausner

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