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Anderson Poul : Circus of Hells (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1988

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HASH(0x944fca74) out of 5 stars The autumn of Technic civilization ... good science fiction 25 Oct. 2008
By Roger J. Buffington - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Poul Anderson's "Technic Civilization" series of novels and short stories is based upon the premise that: a) mankind will achieve practical interstellar travel; b) there are many alien civilizations out there; and c) humans will behave pretty much as they always have throughout history.

This novel is set in the "Empire" phase of Technic Civilization. The more or less democratic Polesotechnic League, which was based upon laissez-faire capitalism on a gigantic scale, has been replaced with a despotic Imperial regime that is rapidly sliding into decay. The protagonist here is one Captain Dominic Flandry, who is bright, patriotic, and yes, a tad decadent. But it is a wholesome decadence! Flandry explains that "good decadence isn't lolling around on cushions eating drugged custard!... it is fine food and fine women and conversation as a fine art!..."

The several stories in this novel are all very well-written for those who enjoy "hard" science fiction. Dominic Flandry is a 30th Century Horatio Hornblower and James Bond all rolled into one. This is lots of fun!

Poul Anderson was one of the Greats of the Golden Age of science fiction, due in large part to his "Technic Civilization" stories. Hopefully all of his works will soon be published on Kindle so that they will be safely preserved and made available to future generations of readers. In the meantime, if you find this book used, and are a lover of science fiction, snap it up!
HASH(0x944fcc48) out of 5 stars Above-average space opera 7 Nov. 2007
By Roger J. Buffington - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent novel of the "space opera" genre, featuring Dominic Flandry, Poul Anderson's 26th Century James Bond. Fans of the "Flandry" series of Anderson stories will recognize that this novel is set early in Flandry's career, after the Starkad affair but before most of his later adventures. Here, Flandry is assigned to a routine posting near the frontier, and by rights should have been bored stiff. But being Flandry, before long he is involved in interstellar intrigue of a startling nature. This is not a bad yarn, and fans of Flandry and Poul Anderson should not miss this one.
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