War of the Wing-Men
by Poul Anderson

Another Nicholas van Rijn story that shows the benefits of trade versus war. Three Terrans crash on a planet whose food is poison to them. They have to get to the other side of the planet where a Terran base camp can feed them. Unfortunately they get embroiled in a war between rival tribes of wing-men. van Rijn uses his wits to manipulate the situation to his own benefit and brings about a truce.

Anderson applies cultural and biological evolution theory to explain how the race and its rival tribes with their different moral traditions might have come to be. The book is mostly action, but is recouped by bits of sound theory, especially at the end.

Year Read: 2001

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