Monday, 6 October 2014


Poul Anderson describes many dynamic towns and cities in Technic Civilization, notably the two on Avalon. Here is another. War on Freehold has not damaged Nordyke but has filled its airport and seaport with ships and its "...streets with young men from every corner of the Empire." -Poul Anderson, Captain Flandry: Defender Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2010), p. 11.

Nordyke factories use raw materials from the other continents. On the heights are old castle-like buildings and, along the Catwick river, a modern town with blooming parks and brawling taverns where the locals spend the money brought by the Imperialists.

Admiral Fernando Cruz Manqual and Terran military headquarters are in Nordyke, where Ridenour, the xenologist sent from Earth and billeted in a float-shelter on the bay, is able to interview an Arulian prisoner, although he must travel to another of the Nine Cities, Domkirk, to meet human outbacker prisoners.

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