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Poul Anderson



Poul Anderson at his best reads like poetry and wonderfully romantic space fiction (and at his worst fails to make any lasting impression, though maintaining high professional standards throughout). Some of his stories can be forgettable (though still exciting for their imagery), but for the sheer volume of exalted "space romance" masterpieces he should be entered into the "Space Adventure Hall of Fame" on par with Edmond Hamilton and E. E. 'Doc' Smith, as he almost single-handedly "carried the torch" of Space Opera through the 1960s and 1970s. His fiction is very often great fun, shines with impressive visuals and lyrical language, and speaks of glorious, endless exploration (his fondness for free roaming in space probably came from his Nordic Viking roots). My favorite Poul Anderson story is "Gypsy", later expanded into "Star Ways", though I prefer the shorter version.


(artwork copyright by Chris Foss, click to enlarge)

Pen-names: Winston P. Sanders, A.A.Craig
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"Admiralty"
(Gunnar Heim)
© F&SF, Jun 1965
The Star Fox, 1965
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Adventure Of The Misplaced Hound"
(with Gordon R. Dickson)
(Hoka series)
© Universe Science Fiction, Dec 1953
Earthman's Burden, 1957

"After Doomsday" (nv)
(also as "The Day After Doomsday")
© Galaxy, Dec 1961
novel: 1962, Ballantine Books
--/ fourth place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Agent Of The Terran Empire" (coll)
(Dominic Flandry)
© Ace Books, 1965
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Alight In The Void" (coll)
© 1991, Tor Books
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Ambassadors of Flesh"
(also as "Warriors from Nowhere")
(Dominic Flandry)
© Planet Stories, Sum 1954
Agent Of The Terran Empre, 1965
--/ cool sf story

"Among Thieves"
(Ambassador Unduma series)
© Astounding, Jun 1957
Strangers From Earth, 1961

"The Ancient Gods" (nv)
(also as "World Without Stars")
© Analog, Jun 1966
book : Ace Books, 1967
The Worlds Of Poul Anderson, 1974
--novel : 1966 Nebula
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"And Yet So Far"
(also as "Condemned to Death")
(Rustum Migration series)
© Fantastic Universe, Oct 1959
Orbit Unlimited, 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Arsenal Port"
(Gunnar Heim)
© F&SF, Apr 1965
The Star Fox, 1965
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Avatar" (nv)
(exp. from "Joelle")
© IASFM, Fall 1977
book: 1978, Berkley / Putnam
--novella : 1978 Locus /9
--novel : 1979 Locus Poll

--/ fourth place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Backwardness"
© F&SF, Mar 1958
Kinship With The Stars, 1991

"Ballade Of An Artificial Satellite"
© F&SF, Nov 1958
Homebrew, 1976
Alight In The Void, 1991
--/ cool sf poem
--/ wonder award

"Barnacle Bull"
(as by Winston P. Sanders)
© Astounding, Sep 1960

"Beyond The Beyond" (coll)
(Polesotechnic League)
© 1969, Doubleday / Signet
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award

"Bicycle Build For Brew" (nv)
(also as "Makeshift Rocket")
© Astounding, Nov 1958
Kinship With The Stars, 1991
book : Ace Double, 1959
--/ cool sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award


"The Big Rain"
(Psychotechnic League)
© Astounding, Oct 1954
Psychotechnic League, 1981
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Birthright"
(also as "Esau")
(Nicholas Van Rijn)
© Analog, Feb 1970
The Earth Book of Stormgate, 1978
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Bitter Bread"
© Analog, Dec 1975
Explorations, 1981
--/ cool sf story

"The Boat Of A Million Years" (nv)
© 1989, Tor Books
--novel : 1990 Hugo
--novel : 1989 Nebula
--novel : 1990 Locus Poll
--novel : 1990 Prometheus

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ awesome scale


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"Brain Wave" (nv)
(exp. from "The Escape")
© Space Science Fiction, Nov 1953
novel: Ballantine Books, 1954
--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale


Hands-down the most enjoyable Poul Anderson and one of the most classic extrapolations of "the mind" in science fiction - it is also the most unusual apocalypse for the human race: gradual increase in IQ world-wide, total "genius" epidemic. What the people would do when they realize the ultimate futility of most of our conventional tasks, goals and aspirations? Not to mention the downfall spiral, when they begin to lose the hightened intelligence and return to previous "dumbed-down" state. Sort of like "Flowers for Algernon", but on the global scale. Plus has the signature poetic prose of vintage Anderson.
review: 04-Jul-06 (read in 1985)

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"Brake"
(Psychotechnic League)
© Astounding, Aug 1957
Beyond the Beyond, 1969
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Brave To Be A King"
(Time Patrol)
© F&SF, Aug 1959
Guardians Of Time, 1960
--/ cool time sf story

"The Burning Bridge"
(Rustum Migration)
© Astounding, Jan 1960
Orbit Unlimited, 1961
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Butch"
© New Worlds, Jul 1955
--/ cool sf story

"The Byworlder" (nv)
© Fantastic, Jun 1971
book: Signet, 1972
--novel : 1972 Nebula
--novel : 1972 Locus /12

--/ cool sf novel

"Call Me Joe"
© Astounding, Apr 1957
The Dark Between the Stars, 1981
--/ third place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Captive Of The Centaurians"
© Planet Stories, Mar 1952
Asimov's SF Adventure, 1978
The Gods Laughed, 1982
--/ cool sf story
--/ adventure award

"Chain of Logic"
(also as "Logic")
(Twilight World series)
© Astounding, Jul 1947
Twilight World, 1961

"The Chapter Ends"
(Psychotechnic League)
© Dynamic Science Fiction, 1954
Starship, 1982
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale
--/ rare find


"Children Of Fortune"
(Twilight World series)
© Twilight World, 1961
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

"A Chronology Of Technic Civilization"
(Polesotechnic League)
© 1979, Earth Book Of StormGate

"A Circus Of Hells" (nv)
(Dominic Flandry)
(incl. "The White King's War")
© Galaxy, Oct 1969
book: NAL, 1970
--/ cool sf novel

"Cold Victory"
(Psychotechnic League)
© Venture Science Fiction, May 1957
Seven Conquests, 1969
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Cold Victory" (coll)
(Psychotechnic League series)
© 1982, Tor Books
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"Commander Flandry" (nv)
(also as "The Rebel Worlds")
(Dominic Flandry)
(Terran Empire)
© New American Library, 1969
also in UK in 1978, Orbit
--/ cool space sf novel
--/ wonder award

"Conan The Rebel" (nv)
(Conan series)
© 1988, Sphere / Ace Books
--/ cool f novel

"Condemned To Death"
(also as "And Yet So Far")
(Rustum Migration series)
© Fantastic Universe, Oct 1959
Orbit Unlimited, 1961
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Conflict" (coll)
© Tor Books, 1983
--/ cool sf collection

"Conquests" (coll)
(also as "Seven Conquests")
© 1969, Doubleday Books
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Contact Point"
(with Theodore R. Cogswell)
© 1954, IF
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"The Corridors Of Time" (nv)
(Time Patrol)
© Amazing, May 1965
book: Ace Books, 1965
--/ third place time sf novel
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Cradle Song" (poem)
© 1988, Space Folk
--/ wonder award

"The Critique Of Impure Reason"
© IF, Nov 1962
Time and Stars,1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"The Dark Between The Stars" (coll)
© 1981, Berkley / Putnam
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Day After Doomsday" (nv)
(also as "After Doomsday")
© Galaxy, Dec 1961
novel: 1962, Ballantine Books
--/ fourth place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale


"Day Of Burning"
(also as "Supernova")
(David Falkayn series)
© Analog, Jan 1967
Beyond the Beyond, 1969
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Day Of Their Return" (nv)
(Dominic Flandry)
(Terran Empire)
© Doubleday Books, 1973
--/ cool sf novel

"Deathwomb"
(Berserker series)
© Analog, Nov 1983
Berserker Base, ed. F. Saberhagen, 1984
Space Folk, 1988
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


"Delenda Est"
(Time Patrol)
© F&SF, Dec 1955
Guardians Of Time, 1960
--/ cool time sf story

"The Demon Of Scattery" (nv)
(with Mildred Downey Broxon)
© 1980, Chapbook Publ.
-- illustrated book : 1980 Locus /14
--/ cool f novella
--/ wonder award

"Details"
© IF, Oct 1956
Seven Conquests, 1969
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The Dipteroid Phenomenon"
(also as "The Sharing of Flesh")
© Galaxy, Dec 1968
The Night Face & Other Stories, 1979
The Dark Between The Stars, 1982
--/ cool sf story

"The Discovery Of The Past" (nf)
© 1984, Past Times
--/ wonder award

"The Disintegrating Sky"
© Fantastic Universe, Aug 1953
Strangers From Earth, 1961
--/ cool apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"Don Jones"
(with Gordon R. Dickson)
(Hoka series)
© Earthman's Burden, 1957

"Door to Anywhere"
© Galaxy, Dec 1966
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"Duel on Syrtis"
(Psychotechnic League)
© Planet Stories, Mar 1951
Strangers from Earth, 1961
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"The Earth Book Of Stormgate" (coll)
(Polesotechnic League)
© Berkley / Putnam, 1978
--collection : 1979 Locus Poll
--/ cool sf collection

"Earthman, Beware!"
© Super Science Stories, Jun 1951
Strangers From Earth, 1961
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Earthman's Burden" (coll)
(with Gordon R. Dickson)
(Hoka series)
© 1957, Doubleday / Camelot

"Earthman, Go Home!" (nv)
(also as "A Plague Of Masters")
(Dominic Flandry)
(Terran Empire)
© Fantastic, Dec 1960
Flandry of Terra, 1965
book: Ace Books, 1961
--/ cool sf novel

"Elementary Mistake"
(as Winston P. Sanders)
© Analog, Feb 1967
Space Folk, 1988
--/ cool space sf story

"The Enemy Stars" (nv)
(also as "We Have Fed Our Seas")
(David Ryerson)
© Astounding, Aug 1958
novel: Berkley, 1960
--novel : 1959 Hugo
--/ fourth place space sf novel
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award


"Enough Rope"
(Wing Alak series)
© Astounding, Jul 1953
Kinship With The Stars, 1991

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Poul Anderson
"Ensign Flandry" (nv)
(Dominic Flandry series)
© Amazing, Oct 1966
book: Berkley, 1966
--/ fourth place space sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ awesome scale


This is one of the better Flandry novels, setting the stage not only for the series but for the endless imitations and the whole sub-genre of "naive space cadets coming of age among gritty interstellar war". Most of diplomacy and "cloak-and-dagger" plot is well thought-through and will be appreciated by those who like their Cold War-style politics suitably sophisticated and cold. For me the biggest "bang" came when Anderson unleashed the climactic space battles: told from the point of view of being inside the embattled ship, it has loads of Industrial Light & Magic special effects. Enjoyable book, one of the better efforts among "diplomatic space warfare" novels, so popular in the 60s and 70s. It's also a part of the Polesotechnic League future history; the next story in continuity of the cycle is "A Circus of Hells". Check out another enthusiastic review of this book at SF Reviews.
review: 02-Sep-07 (read in 2003)


(original unknown)

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"Epilogue"
© Analog, Mar 1962
Time and Stars, 1964
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale


"Esau"
(also as "Birthright")
(Nicholas Van Rijn)
© Analog, Feb 1970
The Earth Book of Stormgate, 1978
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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"The Escape"
(exp. into "Brainwave")
© Space Science Fiction, Nov 1953
novel: Ballantine Books, 1954
--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ awesome scale


I've only read the novel, not this original story; if I get my hands on this pulp... but it is quite rare. I am curious how such a great novel evolved out of this story, what has been added, and what started it.
review: 04-Jul-06 (read in 1999)

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"Escape From Orbit"
© Amazing, Oct 1962
Time and Stars, 1964
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Escape The Morning"
© Boy's Life, Nov 1966
Space Folk, 1988
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award


"Explorations" (coll)
© 1981, Tor Books
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Eutopia"
© Dangerous Visions, 1967
The Dark Between the Stars, 1981
--/ cool sf story

"Eve Times Four"
© Fantastic, Apr 1960
Time and Stars, 1964
--/ cool f story

"A Fair Exchange"
(Rustum Migration)
© Continuum # 3, ed. R. Elwood, 1974
New America, 1982

"The Fatal Fullfillment"
(Afterlife Of Bailey series)
© F&SF, Mar 1970
Five Fates, ed. Keith Laumer, 1970
The Best of Poul Anderson,1976
also in series -
Harlan Ellison "The Region Between"
Gordon Dickson "Maverick"
--short story : 1971 Locus
--short story : 1971 Nebula


"Fire Time" (nv)
© 1974, Berkley Books
--novel : 1975 Hugo
--novel : 1975 Locus Poll


"Flandry" (coll)
(incl. "A Circus Of Hells"
and "The Rebel Worlds")
(Dominic Flandry)
© 1993, Baen Books

"Flandry Of Terra" (coll)
(Dominic Flandry)
© 1965, Ace / Putnam
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Flilght To Forever"
© Super Science Stories, Nov 1950
Past Times, 1984
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale
--/ style award
--/ rare find


"For The Duration"
© Venture Science Fiction, Sep 1957
Strangers From Earth, 1961
--/ cool apocalyptic story
--/ rare find

"Fortune Hunter"
© Infinity # 4, 1972
The Dark Between The Stars, 1981
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Game of Glory"
(Dominic Flandry)
© Venture Science Fiction, Mar 1958
Flandry of Terra, 1965
--/ cool sf novella

"Garden In The Void"
© Galaxy, May 1952
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


"The Gate of the Flying Knives"
(Thieves' World)
© Thieves' World # 1, 1979
--/ cool f novella

"Genius"
© Astounding, Dec 1948
--/ cool sf story

"Ghetto"
(Maurai & Kith)
© F&SF, Jan 1953
Maurai And Kith, 1982
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ romance award
--/ emotion award


"Gibraltar Falls"
(Manse Everard series)
(Time Patrol series)
© F&SF, Oct 1975
The Guardians of Time, 1981
--/ fourth place time sf story
--/ wonder award

"Goat Song"
© F&SF, Feb 1972
Homeward and Beyond, 1975
--novelette : 1973 Hugo W
--novelette : 1973 Nebula W
--short fiction : 1973 Locus /3

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Gods Laughed" (coll)
© 1982, Tor Books
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"The Green Thumb"
(Wilson Pete series)
© Science Fiction Quarterly, Feb 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ rare find

"Guardians Of Time" (coll)
(Time Patrol)
© 1960, Ballantine Books
--/ fourth place time sf colection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Gypsy"
(Psychotechnic League)
© Astounding, Jan 1950
Strangers From Earth, 1961
--/ second place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ romance award
--/ rare find


"A Handful of Stars"
(also as "Hunters of the Sky Cave")
(exp. into "We Claim These Stars!")
(Dominic Flandry)
© Amazing, Jun 1959
book: Ace Books, 1959
Agent Of The Terran Empire, 1965
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Helping Hand"
© Astounding, May 1950
--novelette : 2001 Retro Hugo
--/ cool sf story

"Heroes Are Made"
(also as "The Sheriff Of Canyon Gulch")
(with Gordon R. Dickson)
(Hokas series)
© Other Worlds, May 1951
Earthman's Burden, 1957

"Hiding Place"
(Nicholas Van Rijn)
© Analog, Mar 1961
Trader to the Stars,1964
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The High Crusade" (nv)
© Astounding, Jul 1960
book: 1968, MacFadden-Bartell
--novel : 1961 Hugo
--/ third place time sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The High Ones"
© Infinity Science Fiction, Jun 1958
The Horn Of Time, 1968
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"High Treason"
© Impulse, Mar 1966
Conflict, 1983
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Holmgang"
(also as "Out Of The Iron Womb")
(Psychotechnic League)
© Planet Stories, Sum 1955
Cold Victory, 1982
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"Homeward And Beyond" (coll)
© 1975, Doubleday books
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"Homo Aquaticus"
(also as "The Horn of Time the Hunter")
(Maurai & Kith)
© Amazing, Sep 1963
The Horn of Time, 1968
--/ cool sf story

"Honorable Enemies"
(Dominic Flandry)
© Future, May 1951
Agent Of The Terran Empire, 1962
--/ cool space sf story

"The Horn of Time the Hunter"
(also as "Homo Aquaticus")
(Maurai & Kith)
© Amazing, Sep 1963
The Horn of Time, 1968
--/ cool sf story

"The Horn Of Time" (coll)
© 1968, Signet Books
--/ cool sf collection

"Horse Trader"
© Galaxy, Mar 1953
Space Folk, 1988
--/ cool sf novella

"How To Be Ethnic In One Easy Lesson"
(Polesotechnic League)
© Future Quest, ed. R. Elwood, 1974
The Earth Book Of StormGate, 1979
--/ cool sf story

"Hunter's Moon"
(Medea Series)
© Analog, Nov 1978
Medea, Harlan Ellison, 1985
Space Folk, 1989
--novelette : 1979 Hugo W
--novelette : 1979 Locus /2
--novelette : 1979 AnLab /4

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Hunters of the Sky Cave" (nv)
(also as "We Claim These Stars!")
(exp. from "A Handful of Stars")
(Dominic Flandry)
© Amazing, Jun 1959
Agent Of The Terran Empire, 1965
book: Ace Books, 1959
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Immortal Game"
© F&SF, Feb 1954
--/ cool sf story

"In Hoka Signo Vinces"
(with Gordon R. Dickson)
(Hoka series)
© Other Worlds, Jun 1953
Earthman's Burden, 1957

"Industrial Revolution"
(as by Winston P. Sanders)
(also as "The Rogue")
(Flying Mountains series)
© Analog, Sep 1963
Tales Of The Flying Mountains, 1970
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"Inside Straight"
© F&SF, Aug 1955
Seven Conquests, 1969
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Joelle"
(exp. into "The Avatar")
© IASFM, Fall 1977
The Avatar, 1978
--novella : 1978 Locus /9
--novel : 1979 Locus Poll

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


"Roma Mater" (nv)
(with Karen Anderson)
(The King of Ys 1)
© 1986, Baen Books
--novel : 1987 Locus Poll

"Kings Who Die"
© IF, Mar 1962
Seven Conquests, 1969
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award


"Kinship With The Stars" (coll)
© 1991, Tor Books
--/ cool sf collection
--/ wonder award

"Knight Flandry" (nv)
(also as "A Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows")
(Dominic Flandry)
(Terran Empire)
© IF, Sep 1974
book: NAL, 1975
--novel : 1975 Locus Poll

"A Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows" (nv)
(also as "Knight Flandry")
(Dominic Flandry)
(Terran Empire)
© IF, Sep 1974
book: NAL, 1975
--novel : 1975 Locus Poll

"Kyrie"
© The Farthest Reaches, ed. J. Elder, 1968
The Best Of Poul Anderson, 1976
--short story : 1968 Nebula
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award


"The Lady Of The Winds"
(Cappen Varra / Thieve's World)
© F&SF, Oct 2001
--novelette : 2002 Locus /4

"The Last Monster"
(also as "Terminal Quest")
© Super Science Stories, Aug 1951
Alight In The Void, 1991
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Let The Spaceman Beware!" (nv)
(also as "The Night Face")
(Fall Of The Terran Empire)
(exp. from "A Twelth-month And A Day")
© Fantastic Universe, Jan 1960
book: Ace Books, 1963
revised: Ace Books, 1978

"License"
© F&SF, Apr 1957
Seven Conquests, 1969
--/ cool sf story

"The Light"
© Galaxy, Mar 1957
Past Times, 1984
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"A Little Knowledge"
(Polesotechnic League)
© Analog, Aug 1971
The Earth Book of Stormgate, 1978
--/ cool sf story

"The Little Monster"
© Way Out, ed. R. Elwood, 1974
Past Times, 1984

"The Live Coward"
(Wing Alak series)
© Astounding, Jun 1956
Un-Man and Other Novellas, 1962

"Lodestar"
(exp. into "Mirkheim")
(Nicholas Van Rijn)
(David Falcayn)
© Astounding Anthology, ed. H. Harrison, 1973
The Earth Book Of StormGate, 1979
book: 1980, Berkley
--/ cool sf story

"Logic"
(also as "Chain of Logic")
(Twilight World series)
© Astounding, Jul 1947
Twilight World, 1961

"The Long Remembering"
© F&SF, Nov 1957
Homeward and Beyond, 1975
--/ cool time sf story
--/ advenure award

"Long Way Home" (nv)
(also as "No World Of Their Own")
© Astounding, Nov 1955
novel : 1955, Ace Books
revised : 1975, Ace Books

"The Longest Voyage"
© Analog, Dec 1960
The Many Worlds of Poul Anderson, 1970
--short fiction : 1961 Hugo W
--/ fourth place time sf story
--/ adventure award

"Lord Of A Thousand Suns"
© Planet Stories, Sep 1951
--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


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"The Santaroga Barrier" and "The Green Brain"

Universe at Play:
Two Must-Read Novels of the Fantastic


"The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon...
and David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"

Two of the Most Entertaining SF Novels from the 1980s

"Vacuum Flowers" by Michael Swanwick...
and Tim Power's "The Anubis Gates", of course!

"The Body Snatchers" and Other Alien Pods

Fiction by Jack Finney, Vance, Simak and Bloch
mind impostors and emotion imitators

Exploring the Noir and the Grotesque

Jack O'Connell "The Resurrectionist"
and other newest examples of the bizarre

Overpopulation, Sex and Sensibility

Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside"
and other classic sf blasts

H. P. Lovecraft "At the Mountains of Madness"

and other masterpieces of terror
including original illustrations

"Constellations", edited by Peter Crowther

original anthology, 2005
full review: mind-bending stories

The Ultimate Guide to New Writers of SF&F

more than 2,000 writers, 1990-2009
Ratings, awards, web links

The Surreal Office

"The Situation", "The Cookie Monster"
Weird fiction by Jeff VanderMeer and Vernor Vinge

Mind-shattering Novels of Philip K. Dick

"UBIK", "Now Wait for Last Year", etc.

Theodore Sturgeon's "More Than Human"

There’s a problem with this new gestalt being:
...it needs a conscience.

Jack Williamson's "Legion of Space" Series

Classic Space Opera
The ultimate weapon, controlled by a gorgeous woman

Astounding Stories, August 1934

Jack Williamson, Nat Schachner, "Doc" Smith
Epic space opera gems and horror surprises

Rare Pulp SF&F, Issue 3

Leigh Brackett, Fritz Leiber, Vic Phillips
Rediscovered gems of wonder & adventure

William Gibson's Novels

"Pattern Recognition", "Neuromancer"
A Fractured Delight...

Alfred Bester "The Computer Connection"

"Bester was the mountain, all the rest of us..."
Pyrokinetic writing in one neat package

Two Novels by Samuel R. Delany

"Nova" and "Babel-17"
New Wave Milestones, and then some.

Theodore Sturgeon's "The Cosmic Rape"

(and more reviews of his fiction)
Classic SF at its best and most humane

Travel Distant Worlds!

Vintage Space Travel Posters, and more.
Part 3 of Pulp Sf art series...

Alastair Reynolds' Epic Novels

"Chasm City" and "Revelation Space"
And it's only the beginning...

Rare Fantasy Gems by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner

Hidden Gems of Pulp Fiction
When two star writers become husband and wife

Grand Old Times... in the Future

Overview of Pulp Art
A Loudly Lurid Universe of Sci-Fi Illustration

Exclusive: Interview with Nancy Kress

From High Fantasy to Hard Science Fiction
A Spectrum of Wonder

Jack Vance

"To Live Forever"
and other Vance extravaganzas

Alastair Reynolds

"Pushing Ice"
Cosmological "noir" chase across space

Charles Stross

"Missile Gap"
Mind-bending Cold War world-building

Hidden Gems of Pulp SF, Part 2

Rare stories from the "Age of Wonder"
incl. David Keller, Horace Gold etc.

Ultra-Rare Serials from "Fantasy Magazine"

"Cosmos" + "Challenge From Beyond"
incredible line-up of writers

Hidden Gems of Pulp SF, Part 1

Neat & Rare Stories
incl. the mad rally story "The Racer"

Astounding Stories, June 1935

Full Issue Review
incl. Gallun, Schachner, Campbell

Astounding Stories, May 1941

Full Issue Review
incl. Heinlein, Asimov, Eric Frank Russell

Horace Gold; P. Schuyler Miller

"Apocalyptic Blockbusters"
"Inflexure" and "Spawn": guilty pleasure

Exclusive:
Interview with John C. Wright


Plus his advice to new writers
Adventures in Space & Magic

Frank Belknap Long

"The Horror from the Hills"
Great Lovecraftian Weird Novella

Exclusive:
Interview with Jeff VanderMeer


Plus his Recommended Reading List
A Triumph of the Bizarre

Alastair Reynolds, Part 2

More "Galactic North" Stories
A Mixture of Hard Sf, James Bond & Jaws...

Alastair Reynolds Review

"Galactic North"
staring down infinity...

Most Shocking Article

"Holey Fools" by M. Christian
Warning: Gross Subject Matter

Alfred Bester Review

"The Stars My Destination"
"...nail it to the Retro Hugo voting board..."

Larry Niven Review

"Neutron Star"
"better get GP alien ship hull"

Poul Anderson Review

"Ensign Flandry"
"or how to start a sub-genre..."

Thomas M. Disch Review

"The Squirrel Cage"
"...seriously mind-bending stuff..."

Henry Kuttner Review

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" (The Last Mimzy)
"...great storyline for a pretty average movie..."

Robert A. Heinlein Review

"The Moon is the Harsh Mistress"
"...it caused a tooth ache, and put my brain on freeze..."

Frank Herbert Review

"Destination: Void"
"...a layered cake of ideas and a scientific extrapolation on a genius level..."

Harlan Ellison Review

"The Abnormals"
"...editors slapped the most outrageous titles on his stories..."

James White Review

"All Judgement Fled"
"...the tension is palpable, soon to grow almost unbearable..."

Grand Adventure Strikes Again

Space Opera Article, by Avi Abrams
Based on Arthur Clarke's "Against the Fall of Night"

William Gibson Review

"Burning Chrome"
"...sheer pyrotechnics and exuberance of style..."

Ace Double: Murray Leinster

"The Pirates of Ersatz /The Mutant Weapon"
"...the characters might as well be cats or hamsters..."

Astounding Stories, May 1935

Pulp SF Magazine Review
with many original illustrations

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The Wonder Timeline: SF&F Restrospective
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