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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 (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Original edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134016
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
"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.

Harriet Klausner
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By L. King on October 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the 3rd volume in Baen Books' republication of Anderson's Flandry series and sixth in the PolysoTechnic Civilization. I read most of these as a teenager and I find that they hold up quite well three decades and a bit later.

In "A Plague of Masters" Flandry uses the latitude granted by his roving commission to take a side trip to the planet Unan Besar, a planet with an environment that is toxic enough that humans need to take a pill every 30 days in order to stay alive. Off the Imperial radar for 300 years, it is now ruled, poorly in Flandry's estimation by an oligarchy of tehnicians known as Biocontrol which controls the manufacture and distribution of the pills. Sensing that a reengagement with the larger Imperial realm threatens the local power structure, Flandry escapes detention, makes contact with the local underground, uses his skills as a storyteller to raise a stake and attempts to foment an uprising. Good characterization throughout, especially Warouw as Flandry's nemesis from BioControl, Luang, a strong female presence who gradually falls for Flandry's charms, Kemul her protector and an intriguing description of a subculture that has constructed a lifestyle living in the branches of giant trees where Flandry seeks refuge.

Next is "Hunters of the Sky Cave", first published in 1959. The first half of the story is IMV under architected. It introduces the Ymir, a race who's empire intertwines both Terra and Merseia, but are non-competitive with each as their natural environment is that of massive planetary gaseous giants. Flandry's constant smoking is a bit archaic and some of the dialog such as our hero exclaiming "great hopping electrons!" seems to come out of a B grade space oater.
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The Dominic Flandry series by Poul Anderson is the very best writing in the space opera genre. Dominic Flandry is the 31st Century James Bond, but with a melancholy outlook that adds depth and perspective to this excellent series. Flandry knows that the Terran Empire that he serves is decadent and unlikely to survive many more generations. He decides that it is important to learn how to "enjoy decadence" even while he laments it: "decadence is not merely lolling around on cushions eating drugged custard" he explains. Enjoying real decadence takes work!

These are some of the best Dominic Flandry stories. "Hunters from the Sky Cave" is one of my very favorite Flandry stories and is one that should not be missed. All of these stories are well worth reading and the discerning reader will appreciate them all. RJB.
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By Lance on November 23, 2013
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Poul Anderson is a skilled writer, and produces works with poetic descriptions throughout. Dominic Flandry is the James Bond of the future. Smart, athletic, skilled and a devil with the ladies. His deeds support the survival of the Terran Empire against the aggression of barbarism. Excellent entertainment.
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As much of a Poul Anderson fan as I am, loving Van Rijn and David Falkayn when originally published, how did I ever miss reading the Flandry stories? Thus, I am thoroughly enjoying these stories now. Thanks for publishing the entire series.

My wife, though, hates the lurid artwork on the covers. Loves the stories.
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