Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Robert Woodward
_Trouble Twisters_ is core?! Please, when talking Trader stories from
Poul Anderson, it is Nicholas van Rijn who is core; David Falkayn is
But van Rijn is more or less a loner (he has staff, but they're
interchangeable); whereas Falkayn has Adzel and Chee Lan, forming
a triangle at least as sturdy as the one in ST:TOS.
I'm forgetting just now which story it was wherein Adzel (the most
gentle of sophonts, but rather large) somehow gets into trouble
and must be temporarily incarcerated; and the chief of police
complains that all the large-prisoner cells in the city are
already full because of that cursed science fiction convention.
Do we ever really see Van Rijn as a trader? His big star turn in
_The Man Who Counts_ was as a shipwrecked schemer
We see Old Nick in the following:
2415 - "Margin of Profit"
Previously mentioned. We don't see him engaged in trading. However,
he's very active in running Solar Spice & Liquors (SSL), and in this
one goes out into the field on a dangerous mission.
2416 - _War of the Wing-Men_
Also previously mentioned. I don't believe that it's explicitly stated
why van Rijn is visiting Diomedes and SSL's factor there. However, he's
traveling with Lady Sandra Tamarin. In Chapter III: "Van Rijn purpled;
but one does not talk back to the heiress apparent of a nation with
important trade concessions to offer."
2427 - "Birthright"
In this one, he has called in a field operative of SSL for a detailed
report on a recent mission.
2427 - "Hiding Place"
After escaping pirates, he's busily engaged in "making revises of all
price schedules on pepper and nutmeg for Freya before we get there."
2428 - "Territory"
To solve some issues on t'Kela he sets up commercial arrangements.
2434 - "The Master Key"
As in "Birthright", he's receiving an in-person report from a field
operative. (Neither one is a rewrite of the other; they just use a
similar framing device.)
2437 - _Satan's World_
Previously mentioned. Although he's acting in his role as the head of
SSL, the "trade" that he sets up (with "Google Moon") could also be
2446 - "Lodestar"
Towards the end of his life. He's not trading here, but is tracking
what could be an incredibly valuable find.
2456 - _Mirkheim_
Although he's stil the head of SSL, I don't think that he's doing any
active trading here. He's too busy resisting the Long Night.
(All dates per Miesel)
Michael F. Stemper