David Falkayn: Star Trader

David Falkayn: Star Trader

Poul Anderson / Jan 28, 2020

David Falkayn Star Trader Poul Anderson remains one of science fiction s most popular writers and this generous volume of his best work with wide ranging themes and settings will attract his thousands of fans and win him

  • Title: David Falkayn: Star Trader
  • Author: Poul Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781416555209
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 Poul Anderson remains one of science fiction s most popular writers, and this generous volume of his best work, with wide ranging themes and settings, will attract his thousands of fans and win him many new ones.2 Included is a complete novel, Satan s World, and a number of equally exciting short novels.3 A book with strong appeal to readers of David Drake s RCN s1 Poul Anderson remains one of science fiction s most popular writers, and this generous volume of his best work, with wide ranging themes and settings, will attract his thousands of fans and win him many new ones.2 Included is a complete novel, Satan s World, and a number of equally exciting short novels.3 A book with strong appeal to readers of David Drake s RCN series.4 Many of the works in this volume have been out of print for years, and none have been previously gathered together in chronological sequence Long time Anderson fans will welcome old friends, and newer Anderson fans will find a host of prime, real science fiction by one of the field s very best.5 Advertising in Locus, The Polesotechnic League of star traders was prospering, and Nicholas Van Rijn, its most flamboyant member, was prospering most of all as commerce flowed between the stars But not all League members played fair when trading, nor did some of the non human races of the galaxy object to dirty tricks Van Rijn could not be everywhere, and relied on his representatives, foremost among them his young prot g , David Falkayn, and the members of David s trader team Adzel, a large dragon like being who practiced Buddhism, and Chee Lan, a brilliant but hot tempered felinesque extraterrestrial This is the second volume in the first complete edition of Poul Anderson s Technic Civilization saga And, after the three volumes chronicling the Polesotechnic League s rise and fall will come volumes, telling of the rise of the Terran Empire and the adventures of Poul Anderson s other legendary character, Captain Sir Dominic Flandry.

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    About "Poul Anderson"

      • Poul Anderson

        Pseudonym A A Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P Sanders, P A Kingsley.Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948 He married Karen Kruse in 1953 They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972 He was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America, a loose knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter s Flashing Swords anthologies He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism Robert A Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy 2 3 Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital Several of his novels were published posthumously.Series Time Patrol Psychotechnic League Trygve Yamamura Harvest of Stars King of Ys Last Viking Hoka Future history of the Polesotechnic League Flandry


    401 Comments

    1. Like the previous volume, I've read many of these stories before, but not in chronological order. Overall, I find the stories in this volume more interesting than those in the previous one, largely because I find the character of Falkayn more interesting than that of Van Rijn. Van Rijn is nearly an embodiment of the capitalist ideal. He often does the right thing, but because it's also the most profitable thing, not the most moral one, and while he gets older, he does not really change. A son of [...]


    2. This is the second book in the new compilation of Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization stories, and it's going to be hard to top. Apart from the titular Falkayn and his alien trader-pioneer partners, Chee Lan and Adzel the dragon, it features Nicholas Van Rijn himself again in most of the stories, and he is at his best. This volume includes the novels Satan's World and The Trouble Twisters, classics in their own right but here set in chronological order amidst shorter tales that give them their [...]


    3. The next volume, Rise of the Terran Empire, will introduce the next phase in Technic History. Dominic Flandry, the main character in most of the stories from the Terran Empire period will not show up until part four however. I think this change of scene will be good for the readers not familiar with Anderson's work. The stories in this volume are starting to feel like repetitions and at times van Rijn's East India Company mentality annoys me tremendously. Anderson has shown he is not blind for t [...]


    4. I fell onto this while reading about the inspirations for the space RPG "Traveller." I'd not read any of these stories, but I think I've read some of Anderson earlier.Quite good, and they certainly didn't seem aged to me: it was shocking to find that the central novella in this collection is as old as I am!I'll have to go look for some more.


    5. TLDR: Each story follows the same general pattern: female characters act as accessories as clever white male capitalists puzzle through the key to out-maneuvering alien species or adversaries either figuratively or literally for financial gain, through psychological/anthropological analysis of motivations or physical science and tactics. This pattern is executed by Anderson with a great level of skill and intelligence, especially scientifically. If this sounds appealing to you, then read this bo [...]


    6. More stories and another novel from the Van Rijn/David Falkayn Polseotechnic League universe, happening after those in "The Van Rijn Method". Typical Anderson, but I find Van Rijn (who's still around in some of these stories) particularly annoying.



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