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The Earth Book of Stormgate Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1983
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One of the great modern works of the imagination, this book tells of the trader van Rijn and the adventurer Falkayne; it rounds and completes the future history of the Polesotechnic League that spans four thousand years of Earth's interstellar empire; and it chronicles Mankind's encounters with the great-winged Ythri, who kept this record at far Stormgate. Behold these annals from the Discovery on through the World-Taking. They are garnered from different trees, and few of them will seem at once to grow toward the same sun. Yet they do. This is the tale, told afresh, of how Avalon came to settlement and thus our choth to being. This is the tale as told by Terrans, who walk the Earth.
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In a burst of OCD, I decided to read the entire Terran Empire series in chronological order, and not start on it until I had copies of all of them. Depending on what editions can be found, there are 19 or 20 or so books covering the eras of: the Psychotechnic League; the Polesotechnic League; the Terran Empire; and the Long Night.
I think reading straight through the whole series was a mistake. It would have been all right a little at a time. It isn’t what one might call ‘fast paced’. Poul Anderson’s effusive descriptive imagery is like a combination of Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway – if they had been Vikings! Sometimes I did think I was reading a Norse epic saga set on another planet. I mean, his scene setting is incredible – you would easily be able to paint a portrait of each character, including the background down to individual bushes, trees, mountains, and clothes that they were wearing – but I found myself skimming at times.
And, of course, the style is uneven, since the series was written out of chronological order over 4 decades.
If you decide to commit to this author and this series, or just this book, I highly advise studying the Wikipedia entry on Poul Anderson first. There is much to like about Poul Anderson. (Your mileage may vary.)
The Earth Book of Stormgate (many stories do not feature Van Rijn) (1978). It collects:
* "Wings of Victory" (1972)
* "The Problem of Pain" (1973)
* "How to be Ethnic in One Easy Lesson" (1974)
* "Margin of Profit" (1956)
* "Esau" (also known as "Birthright") (1970)
* "The Season of Forgiveness" (1973)
* The Man Who Counts (first appearance of the unedited version of War of the Wing-Men) (1958)
* "A Little Knowledge" (1971)
* "Day of Burning" (also known as "Supernova") (1967)
* "Lodestar (Anderson)" (1973)
* "Wingless" (also known as "Wingless on Avalon") (1973)
* "Rescue on Avalon" (1973)