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Mirkheim (Future History of the Polesotechnic League)

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A star explodes. And a billion years later, a galaxy explodes in war. When the heavy metal ruin of Mirkheim is discovered at the edge of Known Space, the gigantic planet becomes the center of a war that is fought in all the far reaches of Earth's dazzling and corrupt empire. This epic adventure of the end of a thousand-year civilization sweeps from hyperspace skirmishes in ...more
Published April 1st 1983 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1977)
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Mary Catelli
Not quite the end of the adventures of David Falkayn and Nicholas van Rijn. But close. It may even be their descendents that carry on the tales, though I don't recall exactly. I do know that this has a lot of allusions to earlier tales of theirs.

But it opens with the discovery of the title planet. Rediscovery, actually. Intelligent beings are mining it for the super-elements that it contains, spawned by a long ago supernova. This means trouble. The companies of the far future have fallen, on the
Only 3 stars for a Poul Anderson? I'm afraid so. I've loved his Polesotechnic League stories with van Rijn and Falkayn for decades; and I've been saving / putting off reading this one for years. It's the last in the series, but unfortunately it's not the best. Anderson is determined to set up the events which lead to the end of the League and the formation of the Terran Empire (for his Flandry series, previously written). So the puzzle solving and wheeler-dealing which were so great in the earli ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Johnny rated it liked it
One of the most interesting premises I've encountered in my epic scifi spree. A planet composed almost entirely of trans-uranic island of stability elements. If you think platinum is expensive... Story is a little weak, but a good meditation on the different conceptions of wealth across cultures.
Anthony Faber
Apr 26, 2016 Anthony Faber rated it liked it
The last of David Falkayn & Nicolas Van Rijn. Whew.
Jul 05, 2014 John rated it really liked it
1978 Grade B. Book B6.
2014 Grade B.

The Prolog is quite dull and can be skipped. The rest is good but a bit tedious to read in places that are too preachy, philosophical, or descriptive.
Dec 17, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
If I had read the preceding stories I might have found this more interesting. Oh well. Some creative aliens. Lots of space politics.
Jul 30, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
When I first picked up this book I didn't think it would be compelling, but Anderson has a way with characters and stories and I loved it.
May 06, 2012 Peter rated it liked it
Falkyn, Van Rijn et all.. good read if a bit flat at the end
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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 a
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