• David Falkayn: Star Trader

  • The Technic Civilization Saga, Book 2
  • By: Poul Anderson
  • Narrated by: BJ Harrison
  • Length: 22 hrs and 49 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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When you trade upon a star...

Think self-congratulating Federation lackeys are going to be the ones to boldly go where no one has gone before? Think again! Now second-son of nobility David Falkayn, hot to prove his worth, leads a team of alien capitalists through deadly threat and gnarly interplanetary dilemma. The mission: to keep intergalactic trade forever free - and always profitable!

Contains mature themes.

©2009 Poul Anderson (P)2020 Tantor

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"Muddlin' Through"

A collection of the best Polesotechnic League stories featuring David Falkayn, Chee Lan and Adzel in their spaceship "Muddlin' Through". Poul Anderson introduced Falkayn in several stories found in "The Van Rijn Method" and Nicholas Van Rijn appears prominently in this book. The book begins with a couple of weak stories, but in the "The Trouble Twisters" (1965) Anderson introduces Chee Lan (from planet Cynthia) and Adzel (from Woden) in an adventure on a planet near the bright star Spica.

In "Day of Burning" (1967) the Trader Team try to save the Merseians (who appear in later Technic League books) from the aftereffects of a nearby supernova explosion.

The narrator BJ Harrison does a great job presenting "The Master Key" (1964) where Falkayn learns of an ill fated trading mission as told by survivors of the mission to planet Cain.

The novel "Satan's World" (1968) is my favorite story where the Trader Team and van Rijn battle the Shenna in a life or death struggle over a unique planet discovered near the bright star Beta Crucis, or as van Rijn likes to pronounce it "Beta Crosseyes".

In "A Little Knowledge" (1971) a band of pirates discover the disadvantages of not working on their home turf when they kidnap Witweet of planet Trillia.

In the final story "Lodestar" (1973), Van Rijn plays detective as he attempts to determine the organization behind a mysterious company known as Supermetals.

Poul Anderson ends the book with a tribute to John W. Campbell Jr. who originally published the Polesotechnic League stories in his famous magazine "Astounding Science Fiction". With Campbell as editor, they worked together on these stories throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

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