First Time in Omnibus Mass Market. Nicholas Van Rijn, One of the Most Popular Characters in Science Fiction, and His Resourceful Assistant, David Falkayn, Against a Conquering Dictator. Includes Two Full-Length Novels, Mirkheim and The People of the Wind, in a Large Volume of Science Fiction Adventure.
Nicholas van Rijn, the most flamboyant member of the Polesotechnic League of star traders, could see dark times ahead. Fellow league members were using tactics verging on outright piracy, and others were all too eager to sell starships and high-tech weapons to alien barbarians. A planet not previously known for interstellar commerce suddenly revealed a secret fleet of armed starships, and started building an empire. Even if Van Rijn and his right-hand man David Falkayn could find a way to stop this blatant aggression, the glory days of the League were over. Hereafter, for its own protection against well-armed alien marauders the Earth must maintain a strong military fleet, and one charismatic man would found an empire that would learn nothing of the lessons history taught about the fates of other empires as it began annexing other star systems, whether they wanted to join the Terran Empire or not . . .
This is the third volume in the first complete edition of Poul Anderson’s Technic Civilization saga, and it includes a classic novella which appears here in book form for the first time. And the next volume begins the adventures of Poul ’s other legendary character, Captain Sir Dominic Flandry.
|Series:||Technic Civilization Series , #3|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.13(d)|
About the Author
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 many other awards, notably including the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America for a lifetime of distinguished achievement. 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. He died in 2001.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Poul Anderson was once one of the greatest SF authors in America, and those who read Rise of the Terran Empire will see why. He could write swashbuckling space opera that had a second layer of deep thinking and honest-to-gosh philosophy without being didactic or anvilicious. This collection has some of the last of his 'Polesotechnic League' stories (classic space merchant tales) with the fall of Terran civilization -- and the rise of a new Empire in its place. But this lacks the hamfistedness of Lucas and his fellows; Anderson shows us people who do the wrong things for the right reasons and who then willingly live with the consequences. Both the heroes and the villains are fully realized and well drawn, with few if any simplistic judgements on either side. He also gives us deeply thought-out and realistically presented worlds that are scientifically valid, regardless of how bizarre they and their inhabitants may seem to the reader. Especially in the crowning piece of this collection, People of the Wind. One of THE great Anderson novels, covering a war between an independent planet occupied by humans and aliens and the Terran Empire. Lesser writers would make it a struggle between good and evil, probably drawing on whoever they dislike the most in modern politics, probably with a schmaltzy moral sermon that "War is bad, mmmmmkay?" thrown in for spice. Anderson shows us good and evil on either side, illustrates that good people can do some terrible things and that even the worst of people, human and alien alike, can display nobility and even heroism under pressure, and illustrates the horrors of war without going into badly-done sentimentality. And he tells a rollicking good story too! These are some of the best stories from one of the best authors in the history of science fiction. Give them a try. You will not be disappointed.