Friday, 11 November 2016

Favorite Novels

My favorite novel in Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization is The People Of The Wind because of its solid description of the physical environment and composite civilization on the planet Avalon.

My favorite James Bond novel is You Only Live Twice because of its unique (in the series) Japanese setting, because it recounts the final conflict with Blofeld and because it is the point at which the series most nearly becomes a serial. It matters what had happened in the previous novel and what is going to happen next.

Anderson describes an exotic setting or settings in each volume of his series. The People Of The Wind is pre-Flandry. Flandry's final conflict with Aycharaych is in A Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows. The Technic History remains not a serial but a series in which each installment can be read separately although the cumulative effect of all forty three installments is way more than the sum of the parts.


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I like all of the stories and novels of the Technic Civilization series--but I've never thought before of having a FAVORITE from among them. Hmmm, from the era of the Polesotechnic League I would pick THE MAN WHO COUNTS, because of how it shows us Old Nick. Harder to pick a story from the Imperial age--ENSIGN FLANDRY came immediately to mind. Problem is, there are so many I could select!


    1. Sean,
      Of the Polesotechnic League novels, I prefer MIRKHEIM, a book that has everything.

    2. Kaor, Paul!

      That too is a good selection! I also thought of SATAN'S WORLD.