"Poul Anderson grew up bilingual in a Danish American family. After discovering science fiction fandom and earning a physics degree at the. Author: Poul Anderson Author Record # 3; Legal Name: Anderson, Poul William; Birthplace: Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA; Birthdate: 25 November Poul Anderson, in full Poul William Anderson, (born November 25, , Bristol, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died July 31, , Orinda, California).
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World government[ edit ] While horrified by the prospect of the Soviets winning complete rule over the Earth, Anderson was not enthusiastic about having Americans in that role either. Several stories and books describing the aftermath of a total American victory in another world war, such as "Sam Hall" and its loose sequel "Three Worlds to Conquer" as well as "Shield", are scarcely less bleak than the above-mentioned depictions of a Soviet victory.
Like Heinlein in " Solution Unsatisfactory ", Anderson poul anderson that the imposition of an American military rule over the rest of the world would necessarily entail the destruction of American democracy and the imposition of a harsh tyrannical rule over the United States' own citizens.
Both Anderson's depiction poul anderson a Soviet-dominated world and that of an American-dominated one mention a rebellion breaking out in Brazil in the early 21st century, which is in both cases brutally put down by the dominant world power—the Brazilian rebels being characterized as "counter-revolutionaries" in the one case and as "communists" in the other.
Poul Anderson (Author of Tau Zero)
In the early years poul anderson the Poul anderson War —when he had been, as described by his later, more conservative self, a "flaming liberal "—Anderson pinned his hopes on the United Poul anderson developing into a true world government.
This is especially manifest in " Un-man ", a future thriller where the Good Guys are agents of the UN Secretary General working to establish a world government while the Bad Guys are nationalists especially American nationalists who seek to preserve their respective nations' sovereignty at all costs.
The title has a double meaning: Anderson and his wife were among those who in signed a pro- Vietnam War poul anderson in Galaxy Science Fiction.
A more explicit expression of the same appears in the later The Poul anderson of Time where a time-traveling young American woman from the s pays a brief visit to a university campus of the s and is not enthusiastic about what she sees there.
Libertarianism[ edit ] Anderson often returned to right-libertarianism and to the business leader as hero, most notably his character Nicholas van Rijn. Van Rijn is different from the archetype of poul anderson modern type of business executive, being more reflective of a Dutch Golden Age merchant of the 17th century.
If he spends any time in boardrooms or plotting corporate takeovers, the reader remains ignorant of it, since nearly all his poul anderson are in the wilds of a space frontier.
Beginning in the s, Anderson's historically grounded works were influenced by the theories of poul anderson historian John K. Hordwho argued that all empires follow the same broad cyclical pattern, into which the Terran Empire of the Dominic Flandry spy stories fit neatly. The writer Sandra Miesel has argued that Anderson's overarching theme is the struggle against entropy and the heat death of the universea condition of perfect uniformity where nothing can happen.
Fairness to the adversaries[ edit ] In his numerous books and stories depicting conflict in science-fictional or fantasy settings, Anderson takes trouble to make both sides' points of view poul anderson.
Even where there can be no doubt as to whose side the author is on, the antagonists are usually not depicted as villains but as honourable on their own terms.
The reader is given access to their thoughts and feelings, and they often have a tragic dignity in defeat. A common theme in Anderson's works, and one with obvious origins in the Northern European legends, is that doing the "right" wisest thing often involves performing actions that, at face value, seem dishonorable, illegal, destructive, or downright evil.
All the stories and short novels in this series were re-issued in the 3 volumes as The Complete Psychotechnic League starting inwith new introductions and notes by Sandra Miesel.
The early Time Patrol stories see Alternate History ; Changewar ; Time Police are contained in Guardians of Time coll of linked stories ; with 2 stories added vt The Guardians of Time and Time Patrolman coll of linked novellasboth assembled as Annals of the Time Patrol omni ; subsequently, early and later material was rearranged as The Shield of Time coll of linked stories and The Time Patrol collwhich re-sorted long stories from the first volumes along with a new novel, "Star of the Sea", plus The Year of the Ransom and other new material.
The History of Rustum sequence, mainly concerned with the establishing on laissez-faire lines of a human colony on a planet in the Epsilon Eridani system, includes Orbit Unlimited coll of linked stories and New America coll of linked stories With Gordon R DicksonAnderson wrote the Hoka series about furry, teddybear-like aliens who cannot understand nonliteral language i.
Although many of poul anderson novels and stories listed as linked to series can be read as singletons, there seems little doubt that the poul anderson complexity of reference and storyline in Anderson's poul anderson has somewhat muffled its effect in the marketplace.
This situation has not been helped by a marked lack of focus in its publication, so that the interested reader will find considerable difficulty tracing both the items in a series and their intended relation to one another, a situation which may be rectified in part through the release of Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson in seven substantial volumes, beginning with Call Me Joe coll and ending with Question and Answer coll ; it must be said, however, that series editor Rick Katze's decision to construct each volume according to taste — rather than chronology or theme or series — does not markedly clarify the picture.
It remains the case that with something like 85 novels and hundreds of stories to his credit — all written with a resolute professionalism and widening range, though also with a marked disparity between copious storytelling skills and a certain sameness in the creation of characters — Anderson is still not as well defined a figure in the pantheon of American sf as writers like Isaac Asimov from the Golden Age of SF and Frank Herbert from a decade later of about the same age and certainly no greater skill.
Nonetheless he was repeatedly honoured by the sf community, over and above the career awards listed above, serving as Science Fiction Writers of Poul anderson President forand receiving seven Hugos for sf in shorter forms: