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||November 25, 1926
||July 31, 2001
The bestselling author of such classic novels as Brain Wave and The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson is one of the more prolific and well known of the hard science fiction writers, though he explored the fantasy genre and dabbled in non-fiction as well.
Educated as a physcist (University of Minnesota, 1948) and of Scandanavian orgin, Anderson's work is suffused with these important influences. For the former this is evidenced in his many space/time travel novels and in the latter in such works as Tao Zero and "Sorrows of Odin the Goth". His work is replete with his evolving political views ranging from liberal to conservative and eventually resting in a libertarian outlook. The great events of his time, i.e., the Cold War, Vietnam and the student protest movement are heavily present in his work.
Though his fiction is usually devoid of deeeper psychological insights, Anderson tends to focus on larger political and social conflicts emerging from time-travel, terra-forming and the temptations of power contained in those endeavors.
Anderson has earned a variety of awards including seven Hugos (noms and wins), three Nebulas, the John W. Campbell Memorial award, a Pegasus award and four Prometheus awards. In addition he was the President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1972 and a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. He also received the SFWA Grandmaster Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He married Karen Kruse in 1953, has a daughter who is currently married to Greg Bear and has resided in the San Fransciso area most of his long and productive life. He died of Cancer in 2001.
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- Tau Zero by Poul Anderson [Thinking Faith - the online journal of the ...
This week's recommended reading comes from the science fiction genre. David Baird thinks that you really must read a little-known 1970 novel by Poul Anderson. 'The soul of Tau Zero, in a phrase, is the quest of the Christian ...
- Advanced Readings in D&D: Poul Anderson | Tor.com
When Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax published his now-classic Advanced D&D Dungeon Master's Guide in 1979, he highlighted ?Inspirational and Educational Reading? in a section marked ?Appendix N.? ...
- Book Review: There Will Be Time, Poul Anderson (1972) | Science ...
(Uncredited cover for the 1973 edition) 4/5 (Good) Nominated for the 1973 Hugo Award for Best Novel (Hugo Award related tangent: how Silverberg's Dying Inside lost to Asimov's The Gods Themselves is beyond me. There ...
- Book Review: Brain Wave, Poul Anderson (magazine publication ...
(Richard Powers' cover for the 1954 edition) 3.25/5 (Vaguely Good) I have long been a fan of Poul Anderson's functionalist yet engaging SF adventures. He is one of the masters at integrating social commentary (often on the ...
- The Martian Crown Jewels by Poul Anderson - Journey Into...
There is only one Martian who can help Inspector Gregg solve the mystery of the missing Martian crown jewels: Syaloch, a seven foot bird-like being who has taken on the methods of Sherlock Holmes.
- Poul Anderson Appreciation: Night Piece
I do not understand Poul Anderson's "Night Piece". Anderson's Introduction to the story in The Gods Laughed (New York, 1982) informs us that: "...Night Piece is at least three concurrent stories, two of them symbolic." (p. 34)
- Poul Anderson Appreciation: Hunter's Moon
(This is the 100th post for the current month. Now I will definitely take a break from blogging. I must do some other things and get more exercise.) (Friday 30 August: From Sunday 1 September, posts will resume at the rate of ...
- 5. Poul Anderson Discussion - Mythic Scribes
Number 5 from the "list" is Poul Anderson. Here's another sadly I haven't read, but have heard good things about. He's won seven Hugos and.
- Book Review: Time and Stars, Poul Anderson (1964) | Science ...
(Richard Powers' cover for the 1965 edition) 3.75/5 (collated rating: Good) Time and Stars (1964) is a wonderful collection of short works by one of the greats, Poul Anderson. Anderson is best known for hard science fiction ...
- ?The Rebel Worlds? by Poul Anderson (1969) | Dad Who Writes ...
Make oneness. I/we: Feet belonging to Guardian of North Gate and others who can be, to Raft Farer and Woe who will no longer be, to Many Thoughts, Cave Discoverer, and Master of Songs who can no longer be?
- Poul Anderson Appreciation: Backwardness
Poul Anderson's "Backwardness" (Kinship With The Stars, New York, 1991) identifies itself as science fiction at the very end of its first paragraph by informing us that a con man spends his spoils not only in Florida but also in ...
- Poul Anderson's Solution to the Helpless Local Problem | Jeffro's ...
I just finished reading the second story in Flandry of Terra, ?A Message in Secret.? The first one was filled with subtle influences to Traveller and was pretty exciting to boot. This one? was more of a shaggy dog type story.
- Poul Anderson Appreciation: Among Thieves
In Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization History, Technic Civilization is represented by the Terran Empire whose capital city, called Archopolis, is in North America and whose dominant language is Anglic. In Anderson's ...
- Poul Anderson Appreciation: Lamentation
The narrator of Poul Anderson's "The House of Sorrows" (All One Universe, New York, 1997) spends the entire period of the story in a city that, he learns on the last page, used to be called Jerusalem. In the city, the deepest ...
- Poul Anderson Appreciation: Human Galactics
The point of Poul Anderson's "Details" is that history is chaotic. The point of his "Backwardness" is that a high average IQ was not necessary for human survival or technology. The point of his "Soldier from the Stars" is that ...