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David Falkayn: Star Trader: The Technic Civilization Saga #2 (Technic Civilization Series) Hardcover – January 6, 2009


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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 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.
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  • Series: Technic Civilization Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Book Club Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141655520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joy V. Smith VINE VOICE on February 11, 2009
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I finished David Falkayn: Star Trader: The Technic Civilization Saga #2 recently. I enjoyed reading the adventures of David Falkayn, Chee Lan, Adzel, and Nicholas Van Rijn again, and it's interesting reading them in chronological order and seeing how the times and people change... Poul Anderson wrote a long history of life and adventure among the stars, including other characters who came later. There's a chronology of Technic Civilization at the end, btw, that helps the reader see the big picture. David's ambition and drive and loyalty to his companions, Chee Lan's temper, and Adzel's gentleness--though not everyone sees beyond his size--and Nicholas Van Rijn's shrewdness are a fun mixture. And Poul Anderson's science background adds intriguing planets--and cultures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2009
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These excellent stories constitute Poul Anderson's vision of humanity's future in space. Essentially, the author assumes that human beings and their alien counterparts on other worlds will be driven by the same motivations as today--material and commercial gain. Free enterprise needs elbow room, according to the author, and in these stories the author postulates a future in which interstellar travel is cheap and feasible, and there are many intelligent races in the universe, some friendly some not. The Polesotechnic League ("League of Selling Skills") is a loose confederation of interstellar merchants with the sole aim of promoting conditions favorable to interplanetary commerce. The League is more powerful than any government, and less oppressive since its only goal is to promote commerce. These stories deal with David Falkayn, a human being, Adzel (a large reptilian intelligent being), and Chee Lan, a small feline being who despite their differences as species, meld together into an interstellar trading team with the mission of finding and developing new markets. Many of these new commercial opportunities involve strange civilizations and aliens, and it is all great fun. One of Poul Anderson's strengths is his ability to intelligently postulate the nature of other alien beings, and usually the aliens that he presents in his story really are aliens, and they make sense to the reader even with their different-than-human perspectives. Falkayn, Adzel, and Chee Lan are vivid characters that the reader will come to know and appreciate. I did.

Anderson's Polesotechnic League stories, presented in this collection, provide a dazzling and optimistic vision of the future. It is great that author Anderson's works are being republished. I do wish that Kindle versions were available and I hope that this will happen soon. Meanwhile, enjoy.

Highly recommended. RJB.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. Frederick Zimmerman on June 17, 2009
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I have been re-reading the three volumes (so far) in Baen's reissue of the Van Rijn, Falkayn, and Flandry stories, and the headline has been rediscovering just how good a science fiction writer Poul Anderson was. One of the back cover blurbs says something to the effect that "Poul Anderson ... probably does more different things well than anyone else in the field", and I think that is a very fair assessment. The science is great, the politics is very good, the characterization is very good, and the maturity level of the author is far higher than, say, Heinlein. Anderson's very best is not as good as Heinlein's very best, but almost everything of Anderson's is far better than Heinlein's weak stuff--and none of it is marred by the self-indulgence and wish fulfillment that marked later Heinlein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bower TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2012
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First of all let me congratulate Hank Davis on his editorial work in compiling these stories in proper order. Two factors hold this series together, the Polesotechnic League and the Van Rijn/Falkayn clan. In that sense the various stores almost seem to be chapters in a longer work; for fans of Poul Anderson that is a very workable arrangement.

The notes inside the front flap of the dust jacket include this paragraph: "David Falkayn: Star Trader continues the complete publication in chronological order for the first time of Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization series, a towering landmark in science fiction..." Davis' goal was ambitious and challenging; I'm grateful he took the necessary time to put it all together for the fans.

This is good readable science fiction and another worthy addition to the sci-fi fans library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Waymil. on May 31, 2010
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I grew up in the Technic Civilization through the words of the master, Poul Anderson. Finding a new publication by Anderson was a bright spot in my reading week when I was young. The names of Falkyn, Von Rijn and Flandry remained on my personal hard disc so it was nice to see them reappear in print and in chronological order with a chronologic history by Sandra Meisel guiding me through the era. I've given this 4 rather than 5 stars because as nostalgic as the series is ( and I definitely look forward to the Flandry releases), I don't think it quite reaches the level of Jack Chandler's Lost Fleet Series but it should be a welcome addition to the serious SF reader's library. Best if read in order but not absolutely necessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil G. Matthews on August 8, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed David Falkayn: Star Trader, which is a collection incorporating a novel, five novellas and a short story. The only other book I've read in the Technic Civilization series is "The Three Cornered Wheel", which I thoroughly enjoyed many, many years ago, so it was great to find more stories from the same 'future history'. While in a space opera style, most stories are build around some hard science seed, and given these stories were written some thirty years ago, they've held up very well. This book is well worth a look if you enjoy a light SF read that has much of the background extrapolated from astronomical physics to good effect.
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