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The Trouble Twisters (Future History of the Polesotechnic League)

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David Falkayn -- Few indeed had won their Master Merchant's certificate as young as he, let alone become confidential associates of an uncrowned prince like Nicholas van Rijn, or ruled entire planets. But with an alien posse riding hot on his heels, even Falkayn can't feel completely at ease...

In his magnificent Future History of mankind's second great age, Poul Anderson h
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Berkley (first published 1963)
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Jun 12, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
Trouble Twisters reads like an Ursula K. LeGuin Hainish Cycle book, and I mean that as the most sincere compliment, especially in terms of the xenobiological detail.

The Polesotechnic League stories of Anderson are closely distinguished with his Pyschotechnic League alternate future history. Like Heinlein, Anderson has created, amidst episodic short stories intermittently woven together, a future history of mankind. Here, unlike the Psychotechnic League stories, Anderson reveals his more mature
Mar 30, 2008 Victor rated it it was ok
You should be careful of re-reading books you really liked as a teenager, because you might find that they do not hold up when you are older. You might even be embarrassed by what you used to think of as “good.” One volume in the docket, guilty as charged: The Trouble Twisters, by Poul Anderson. This is a collection of stories he wrote about his Polesotechnic League, and specifically about Nicholas van Rijn and his protégé David Falkayn. It comes after Trader to the Stars, where we first meet Ni ...more
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Feb 06, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Good SiFi story. Anderson's stories are always good quick reads. Recommended
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Nov 30, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
The Three-Cornered Wheel · Analog Oct ’63
A Sun Invisible ·Analog Apr ’66
The Trouble Twisters [“Trader Team”] · Analog Jul ’65
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Oct 23, 2016 Steven Reiz rated it liked it
Shelves: livingroom
Shallow but entertaining
Aug 06, 2016 JonSnow rated it really liked it
I'd rate this, for what is is, around 3.5 to 3.8 out of 5.

The first story was a bit silly. enjoyable in the end but probably my least favorite so far. The whole civilization without the wheel idea seems a bit preposterous, but thats what science fictions about some times.

The second story in this book was probably my favorite.

the last and longest story drug on a bit in the middle. I found it hard to get into with so many weird names of people, races, clans, cities, etc. BUT once I got into that l
Jul 03, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myscifi
This is a fun book - Three long short stories with a common thread. And real math/science in the solution to the problems posed in each story.

I read it a long time ago, and pick it up from time to time for "something light."

Sep 17, 2014 Sffgeek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-bb, fav-authors, 4-star
Really enjoyed this. World building, problem solving, characters you care about (including aliens). Excellent!
BTW - the pathetically childish cover shown above does a massive dis-service to this book. Luckily, it isn't the cover on my copy.
Feb 16, 2012 Bridget rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I love the style of this book, its reminicent of Neil Gaiman's Stardust but more subtle and quirky in a different way :)
Apr 04, 2015 Yves rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Classic, twisted, multi-extra-terrestrial plot, opera in the stars. Thoroughly enjoyed. I read this when I was 11 :)
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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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Other Books in the Series

Future History of the Polesotechnic League (8 books)
  • The Man Who Counts
  • Trader to the Stars
  • Satan's World
  • Mirkheim
  • The Earth Book of Stormgate
  • The Earth Book of Stormgate 2
  • The Earth Book Of Stormgate 3

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