- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Baen (Sept. 2 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781416555698
- ISBN-13: 978-1416555698
- ASIN: 1416555692
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,323,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Van Rijn Method: The Technic Civilization Saga #1 Hardcover – Sep 2 2008
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About the Author
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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These stories are mostly about Nicholas van Rijn, the businessman behind his interstellar trading company. Other key characters are introduced in some of the stories, so the characters and settings develop over the course of the tales. These stories are stories of exploration for profit, the merchant princes are looking for new worlds in order to find new products and new markets. The government hasn't become corrupt yet, so people and the alien races are free people of the galaxy.
I've always enjoyed Andersons writing, and the hard science fiction he wrote. So it's nice to have all the stories collected in volumes that make them easy to read in order. Each volume contains at least two novels and numerous short stories and novella's that precede the succeed the core novels.
If you enjoy the classic hard sci-fi that started in the 50's then you will enjoy this collection.
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.
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.