MIRKHEIM. New York: Published by Berkley Publishing Corporation Distributed by G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Octavo, printed red wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. The 1000-year old Terran empire, loosely governed by the capitalist Polesotechnic League of trading companies, is decaying. The old order is dying -- the PL is collapsing and a few huge corporate blocs are taking power. A dispute over the ownership of Mirkheim, a recently discovered, mineral rich planet, precipitates the formation of the first union of interplanetary governments with the PL, and members clamor for war -- the first interstellar war is about to begin. Anderson's novel features two of his series characters: Nicholas Van Rijn and David Falkayne. Part of Anderson's future history series. A fine copy. (#11420).