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The Technic Civilization Collections

"Uniting [the Dominic Flandry and Nicholas van Rijn] stories gave Anderson the nucleus of a future history 5000 years long which now numbers more than 40 separate items including 11 full-length novels.  It is the most remarkable achievement of its kind in [science-fiction]."
— Sandra Miesel, "Lurex and Gold," Agent of the Terran Empire


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Several Technic Civilization works were first collected in the period 1964-66, with six Polesotechic League tales in two collections —Trader to the Stars (Van Rijn) and The Trouble Twisters (Falkayn) — published by Doubleday and seven Dominic Flandry tales in two collections — Agent of the Terran Empire and Flandry of Terra — published by Chilton.  All four collections were subsequently reissued several times by multiple publishers through the mid-1980s.

A fifth collection of twelve additional Technic Civilization tales — The Earth Book of Stormgate — was published by Berkley in 1978 and a sixth collection of five more Technic Civilization tales — The Long Night — was published by Tor in 1983.

While Agent of the Terran Empire included the Flandry novel We Claim These Stars! and The Earth Book of Stormgate included the Van Rijn novel The Man Who Counts, several Technic Civilization novels — Satan's World (Van Rijn and Falkayn), Mirkheim (Van Rijn and Falkayn), People of the Wind, Ensign Flandry, A Circus of Hells (Flandry), The Rebel Worlds (Flandry), The Day of Their Return, A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (Flandry), A Stone in Heaven (Flandry) and The Night Face — did not appear in any of these original collections.  (The Flandry novel The Game of Empire was published after The Long Night.)

Trader to the Stars

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Dust jacket illustration by Thomas Chibbaro.

Trader to the Stars, uncredited editor, New York: Doubleday, 1964, with dust jacket illustration by Thomas Chibbaro, collects three tales of Nicholas Van Rijn:

Trader to the Stars was reissued several times:


The Trouble Twisters

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Dust jacket illustration by Emanuel Schongut.

The Trouble Twisters, uncredited editor, New York: Doubleday, 1966 (Doubleday gutter code "H17" — April 1966 — on page 189), with dust jacket illustration by Emanuel Schongut, collects three tales of David Falkayn:

The Trouble Twisters was reissued several times:


Agent of the Terran Empire

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Dust jacket illustration by Roger Hane.

Agent of the Terran Empire, uncredited editor, Philadelphia, Chilton, 1965, with dust jacket illustration by Roger Hane, collects four tales of Dominic Flandry:

Agent of the Terran Empire was reissued several times:


Flandry of Terra

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Dust jacket illustration by Roger Hane.

Flandry of Terra, uncredited editor, Philadelphia, Chilton, 1965, with dust jacket illustration by Roger Hane, collects three tales of Dominic Flandry:

Flandry of Terra was reissued several times:


The Earth Book of Stormgate

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Dust jacket illustration by Tony Roberts.

The Earth Book of Stormgate, David G. Hartwell, ed., New York: Berkley, 1978, with dust jacket illustration by Tony Roberts (variant of cover illustration for The Corrdors of Time, Poul Anderson, Panther, 1975), collects twelve Technic Civilization tales:

The Earth Book of Stormgate was reissued several times:


The Long Night

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Cover illustration by Kevin Eugene Johnson.

The Long Night, Sandra Miesel, ed. (uncredited), New York: Tor, 1983, with cover illustration (from "The Star Plunderer") by Kevin Eugene Johnson, collects five Technic Civilization tales:



The Technic Civilization Saga

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Beginning in 2008 with The Van Rijn Method collection, Baen reprinted all of Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization future history as a seven-volume collection, capping the effort with the 2011 omnibus Flandry's Legacy.  Comprised of 12 novels and 31 shorter works, the Technic Civilization Saga includes all of the adventures of Nicholas van Rijn and David Falkayn, Traders of the Polesotechnic, and all of the adventures of Dominic Flandry, Agent of the Terran Empire, as well as stories from the period prior to the League, during the "Time of Troubles" between the collapse of the League and the founding of the Empire, and from the "Long Night" which follows the demise of the Empire.

The Van Rijn Method

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Cover illustration by David Seeley
(served by Simon & Schuster)

The Van Rijn Method, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2008 (hardcover edition), with dust jacket illustration (from The Man Who Counts) by David Seeley, collects eleven tales from the Polesotechnic League-era, and includes:

The Van Rijn Method was reissued as:


David Falkayn: Star Trader

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Cover illustration by David Seeley
(served by Simon & Schuster)

David Falkayn: Star Trader, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2009 (hardcover edition), with dust jacket illustration by David Seeley, collects seven tales from the Polesotechnic League-era, and includes:

David Falkayn: Star Trader was reissued as:


Rise of the Terran Empire

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Cover illustration by Bob Eggleton
(served by Simon & Schuster)


Rise of the Terran Empire, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2009 (ISBN 978-1-4391-3275-3; trade paperback edition), with cover illustration (for People of the Wind) by Bob Eggleton, collects six tales from the Polesotechnic League-era, and includes:

Rise of the Terran Empire was reissued as:


Young Flandry

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Cover illustration by David Seeley.
(served by Baen)

Young Flandry, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2010 (978-1-4391-3327-9; trade paperback edition), with cover illustration by David Seeley, collects three Flandry novels, and includes:

Young Flandry was reissued as:


Captain Flandry

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Cover illustration by David Seeley
(served by Simon & Schuster)

Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2010 (978-1-4391-3333-0; trade paperback edition), with cover illustration by David Seeley, collects six tales from the Terran Empire era, and includes:

Captain Flandry was reissued as:


Sir Dominic Flandry

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Cover illustration by David Seeley
(served by Simon & Schuster)

Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2010 (978-1-4391-3401-6; hardcover edition), with cover illustration by David Seeley, collects four tales from the Terran Empire era, and includes:

Sir Dominic Flandry was reissued as:


Flandry's Legacy

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Cover illustration by David Seeley
(served by Simon & Schuster)

Flandry's Legacy, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2011 (978-1-4391-3427-6; trade paperback edition), with cover illustration by David Seeley, collects six tales from the Terran Empire era and the post-Empire era, and includes:

Flandry's Legacy was reissued as:



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