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The Van Rijn Method: The Technic Civilization Saga #1 (Technic Civilization Series) Hardcover – September 2, 2008
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So, The Saturn Game is the crew of a spaceship lost in a role playing game.
The Problem of Pain concerns two races on an island- one dying of a local germ, the other ill, not dying.
How to be Ethnic in One Easy Lesson relies on a friend to score points at a festival.
The Three-Cornered Wheel takes place on a primitive planet under fire.
Each story a neat set-piece in a different place.
The book is especially valuable for a Chronology of the Technic civilization.
See: David Falkayn: Star Trader: The Technic Civilization Saga.
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.
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I first read this book decades ago. It is still one of the better books I have ever read. A great many of todays SciFi writers should read this book, they could get some tips on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy Richley
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 16 months ago by Bill 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.
Was looking for Kindle Polesetechnic books a few months ago - nothing. And then - hurrah! A whole slew of Poul Anderson works. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Jack L Rookard