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The Van Rijn Method: The Technic Civilization Saga #1 (Technic Civilization Series) Hardcover – September 2, 2008
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I first read most of these stories decades ago, and it is an immense pleasure to find them all together in one collection. Poul Anderson was particularly noted for his "hard science fiction" (fiction with a goodly dose of real, physical science behind it) and this is particularly evident in the detail and care with which he crafted the numerous worlds upon which his characters found themselves. And the natives of those numerous worlds were never simply humans in bad make-up (as characterized the original "Star Trek" television series), but true aliens in physiology and psychology. While Anderson's stories had no shortage of intense action, at heart they were driven by ideas, and most usually heroes achieved victory by thinking rather than shooting.
In the Technic Civilization stories Anderson created some of the most popular, enduring characters in all of science fiction, including Nicholas van Rijn and Dominic Flandry -- and this collection of tales contains all the van Rijn and Flandry stories and books (as well as others having nothing directly to do with those flamboyant heroes).
If you already are familiar with Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization series, this multi-volume collection is your cup of tea. And if you are not familiar with it, you owe it to yourself to read them to become acquainted with some really classic science fiction.
Nicholas Van Rijn is president of Solar Spice & Liquors, an interstellar trading corporation that specializes in finding new civilizations and selling them, well, Solar spices and liquors. These stories are a part of Poul Anderson's vibrant Technic Civilization series during the period in which the Polesotechnic League ("League of Selling Skills") dominates. Mankind has invented cheap and practical interstellar travel. Humans and their alien friends and rivals take the profit motive to the stars, and this makes for a fascinating and optimistic vision of the future.
Van Rijn himself is an unforgettable character. Smart and tough, with the ability to understand both human and alien motivations, his trials and travails as an interstellar trader make for great fun. Van Rijn is directly the protagonist in only a few of these tales, but he is the archtypical interstellar capitalist, and his influence can be felt throughout. Highly recommended. RJB.
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I have read many books by Poul Anderson, but this is one I am not overly enthused over. While very creative, and well constructed, the story, or series of stories in this time... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is Fifties Anderson at his finest. The central character is an infuriating old villain who does much good by doing well for himself. Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Reich
Bar none, one of my favorite SF characters is Nicholas Van Rijn, Poul Anderson's crusty old space trader. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Tom King
I like Poul Anderson as well as several others, Which is why I read them I like Pouls character here especially.Published on January 8, 2014 by Kenneth J.
In the beginning, Van Rijn made his fortune by making deals himself. This meant risking his own (considerable) skin on various planets, facing down tyrants and crooks (while... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer