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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 non-fiction books. He died in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Series: Technic Civilization Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555698
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. M Stirling on August 22, 2008
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Anderson is one of the grand masters of the field, and these adventures -- carefully thought-out, with solid worldbuilding and scientific speculation, plus great characters and wonderful action -- are classics. If you want to know science fiction, you should read these. And if you want to have a great time... then read them for that, too.
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These stories are wonderful -- if you haven't read them before, stop reading this review and start reading the stories. You're in for a treat. This is volume one of a proposed six-volume collation of Poul Anderson's wonderful Technic stories, starting with the beginnings of human exploration of the solar system, and moving out into the heyday of the Commonwealth. The world building is superb, the stories fun, and the characters fascinating (and believable). Wonderful stuff, and now we can read them in internal chronological order. So much fun!
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I was so happy to see another classic reprint from Baen. (I have the Christopher Anvil and James H. Schmitz collections.) I enjoyed the Polesotechnic League stories years ago, especially the adventures of David Falkayn, Chee Lan, and Adzel; and I'm really looking forward to the second volume, David Falkayn, Star Trader. Van Rijn's character is a nice change of pace for space exploration, and his twists on old sayings are fun, such as "This is the times that fry men's souls." Also, his stirring speech in The Man Who Counts that incorporated the famous speeches from Terra's history: "This blessed plot, ...," Pericles' funeral speech, Scots Wha' Hae, the Gettysburg Address, and something about St. Crispin's Day. (I'm not familiar with the Pericles speech or St. Crispin's Day. I'd like to see them all referenced somewhere.) Anyway, thanks again Baen for letting more people enjoy these classics!
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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 abusing the King's English). Along the way, we learn history of the Polesotechnic League. And about planetary science- not fantasy.
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.
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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 does not contain the plot elements I like. Also, a rarity for Poul Anderson, there is plot redundancy in which the team is going to run out of food. This is a seldom used element in Sci-Fi. Not a bad read, but I don't plan on reading any more.
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If you enjoy stories involving worlds created by a talented author with a physics degree (and thus has the background to create believable worlds), then this book is worth a look. Comprised of ten short stories plus a novella, set on imaginative worlds where there is often a challenging problem to overcome, this first collection of Technic Civilization stories includes a range of characters, with several, including the novella, featuring Nicholas Van Rijn. The stories written later in the series show how Poul Anderson has improved his skills and the novella, written in 1958, provides an interesting baseline from which you can see how the author has developed over the decades. I enjoyed the later book in the series more than this one, which is why I've rated this down. Read the series in order and your enjoyment can only grow!
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Baen Books has thus far published five ominbus volumes of Poul Anderson's "Technic Civilization" tales, with two more planned to complete the series. "Van Rijn's Method" is the first volume. Together, the seven volumes will cover thousands of years of future history.

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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