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HASH(0x960e757c) étoiles sur 5 Wonderful science fiction. Almost 5 stars. 9 novembre 2002
Par Roger J. Buffington - Publié sur
Format: Poche
This is a collection of short stories which take place in Poul Anderson's "Polesotechnic League" ("League of Selling Skills") aka Nicholas Van Rijn series. The premise is simple: 1) Humans have achieved cheap interstellar travel; 2) There are many other intelligent races and inhabited planets; 3) Humans and aliens alike are just as greedy in the future as humans are now.
Unlike "Star Trek" (which I also love!) and some other science fiction prognostications about the future, this series never, ever, assumes that people (or aliens) are or will become morally superior to people in the present day. There is no "Prime Directive" here. No, in Anderson's universe, most people are out to make a buck, and space is dominated by merchant-adventurers who make no bones about their aim of pursuing profit. Anderson presents this as mostly a good thing, albeit not without its moral hazards. The bad guys more often than not are politicians, whom Anderson more often than not, scorns. The good guys (and gals) are merchant-adventurers who, in their pursuit of profit, encounter some pretty wild situations and get into some pretty interesting (sometimes quite funny) predicaments.
The stories in this collection are highly readable, well-written, and quite imaginative. They always involve clever applications of scientific speculation combined with a good storyline. The stories generally do a fine job of keeping the reader's interest. They are crisply written and move along smartly, unlike some of Anderson's later writings (see my reviews of "Harvest of Stars" and "The Stars are also Fire" by Anderson--some of his later works.)
This book is highly recommended. If you like this one, don't miss "The Trouble Twisters" which is the next book in the series, also a collection of short stories set in the Polesotechnic League future. Enjoy both.
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HASH(0x96910e40) étoiles sur 5 Van Rijn and the Polesotechnic League. 17 septembre 2000
Par Brian C. Taylor - Publié sur
Format: Poche
This book contains three stories published in the in the 50s, and deals with adventures of Nicholas Van Rijn and the Polesotechnic League. Interesting stuff, for a quick read. Anderson tries to create realistic worlds based on real facts. Each story deals with the League (a loosely federated group of merchants) and its encounters with a new civilization. Each story is a little puzzle in its own way, of how the League will deal successfully with the new civilizations it encounters. Kinda sociological Sherlock Holmes stuff. Very well thought out, and logical, with some of the fun of golden age sci-fi thrown in.
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HASH(0x960e1eac) étoiles sur 5 An unlikely hero 5 février 2011
Par Chrijeff - Publié sur
Format: Poche
The first book in Anderson's Future History, set in the era of the Polesotechnic League (the predecessor of the Terran Empire that spawned his later character Dominic Flandry), focuses on the utterly unequalled Nicholas Van Rijn, boss of Solar Spice & Liquors and an often-reluctant venturer to distant worlds in pursuit of profit. Fat, hook-nosed, speaking a less-than-perfect Anglic and showing a definite lascivious streak, Van Rijn nevertheless is "a blue-ribbon spaceman" and very keen-witted, and saves the day every time in these three short novels. Anderson is considered a "hard-sf" writer, yet the alien species and societies he imagines, while naturally shaped by their environments, are drawn with great skill. (He does have a certain tendency to "tell, not show," though he often does it through dialogue--but since the data is indispensable to the story, obviously he has to find some way to provide his readers with it, even if they aren't as clever as Van Rijn is about making use of it.) In each outing Van Rijn is confronted by a species strange to him and must reason out why it behaves as it does or how to find it when it decides to hide on a zoo-transport starship among the animals. The real fun, of course, is seeing how this very unheroic "poor old man" turns the tables on everyone while moaning and groaning about his troubles.
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HASH(0x9673a768) étoiles sur 5 Part of the Chronicles of the Polesotechnic League. 12 juillet 2012
Par Doug Dandridge - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Three unconnected stories staring Nicholas van Rijn, who must solve mysteries of alien cultures while trying to make a buck, credit, imperial, or whatever else they may have for wealth. van Rijn is a throwback to old Earth merchant aristocracy, and uses his wit to find ways to survive, or equally important, to get a leg up on his competition. Set in a Galaxy teeming with intelligent life, Anderson does his usual masterful job of creating aliens that are alien and settings that are whole worlds, unlike many contemporary science fiction tales. I loved this book the first time I read it. And the second, third, fourth and fifth times.
HASH(0x960e1e70) étoiles sur 5 Polesotechnic League: book 2 of 7 1 mars 2016
Par Harold M. Curtis - Publié sur
Format: Poche
This is the 2nd book of 7 set in the Polesotechnic League era of the Terran Empire series.

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.)
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