Mirkheim - Polesotechnic League Author:Poul Anderson In Mirkheim we feel the awesome movements of grand ideas and great civilizations: the first interstellar war is about to begin. — A thousand years have passed; earth has established interstellar colonies; aliens have been contacted. The terran empire is loosely governed by the capitalist Polesotechnic League of trading companies. Nicholas Van Rij... more »n, protagonist of TRADER TO THE STARS, heads one of the largest, and his granddaughter is married to David Falkayne, hero of the The Trouble THE TWISTERS and Satan's World. But the old order is dying--the PL is collapsing and a few huge corporate blocs are taking power.
Mirkheim was a gigantic planet blasted and vaporized by a supernova. Its transmuted core survives and becomes the only natural source of vital supermetals. Falkayne discovers this phenomenally rich body, but does not report it to Van Rijn and the PL. Instead, he turns Mirkheim over to an association of poor colonies. But the secret is short lived, and an alien race - the Barburites - with the help of a few rapacious humans, steps in and claims the planet.
This precipitates the formation of the first union of interplanetary governments with the PL, and the members clamor for war. Van Fijn sends Falkayne to investigate, and the outcome of the Baburian conflict signals a new phase in man's social evolution.« less