There were three of them – Adzel who measured four and a half metres and resembled a dragon, Chee Lan who was furry, catlike, and female, and David Falkayn, a daredevil rakehell from space...
When they learned of a rogue planet two hundred and four light-years from Sol, they were interested... interested because the planet, a nightmare of ice and darkness, was rich in minerals. And the planet was about to melt – to move close to a sun and release the vast wealth entombed in its depths.
And Falkayn, Chee Lan, and Adzel were prepared to risk the horrors of an erupting, melting world if they could only salvage the riches that would shortly boil from the planet's core...
Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.
After the first initial burst of exploration for national glory and for the pure joy of exhilaration, Mankind found trading to be a truly excellent reason to travel from star to star hoping to make a discovery that would make an amazing financial killing. And if, along the way, you could do some good, well all the better... The Polesotechnic League stories cover that initial explosion of Technic civilisation up until its replacement by the Terran empire.
The Polesotechnic League consists of 6 total works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
Main series Technic History