Death: July 31, 2001.
Comments: When talking about science fiction authors, the "top" of the class is generally agreed to be held by the "Big Three" of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. Some people place Bradbury with that trio, abbreviating the group the "ABCH" of science fiction. But in the very next group down, just a half-step behind, is Poul Anderson. Anderson sold his first story at the age of twenty, and then produced piles of excellent science fiction and fantasy for the next five and a half decades. Anderson also produced some brilliant pieces of non-fiction, including Thud and Blunder, a deconstruction of the typically silly heroic tropes of fantasy, and Uncleftish Beholding, a brief discussion of atomic physics written as if the Greek and Latin influences in the English language never existed.
Anderson's work was honored many times over. Through his long and prolific career he earned seven Hugo Awards, a Locus Award and three Nebula Awards. He was also the sixth President of the SFWA and a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Anderson's fiction generally emphasized a link between human freedom and space exploration, a recurring theme that garnered him four Prometheus Awards. He was named a Gandalf Grand Master in 1978, and in 1998, the SFWA named him a Grand Master of Science Fiction.
Anderson's daughter Astrid is married to science fiction author Greg Bear.
My reviews of Poul Anderson's books:
Other books by Poul Anderson I have read but not reviewed:
Agent of the Terran Empire
Flandry of Terra
The Enemy Stars (aka We Have Fed Our Sea)
The High Crusade
The Long Night
The Star Fox
Trader to the Stars
Short fiction by Poul Anderson appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Goat Song found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2
The Longest Voyage found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 1
The Queen of Air and Darkness found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 1
The Sharing of Flesh found in More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Volume II
Wingless on Avalon found in Children of Infinity
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