Flandry of Terra Author:Poul Anderson Dominic Flandy - Agent of Imperial Terra — His duty. As officially defined: to seek out threats to the Pax Terrestria, and to neutralixe them - or, failing that, to call in His Majexty's military forces, who will end them in a more drastic and final way. As defined by Bominic Flantry: to stick his finger in the dike of civilization, to hold o... more »ff for his lifetime the inevitable coming of the barbarians and the Long Night.
To this end he battles gloriously, murders remorselessly, betrays outrageously. His justification? "Supple young women cland in sunlight, blooded horses stamping on the plains of llion, smoke curling fragrant about cofee and cognac on Terra" - in a phrase, all the joys and pleasures that, taken together, comprise human civilization.« less