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Our first guest post of the month is from Richard Robinson, blogger extraordinaire over at The Broken Bullhorn, where he’s been blogging since 2009.  Richard is one of the very few people who is allowed to call me “kiddo”.

Poul Anderson collected short works from NESFA, by Richard Robinson

Okay folks, buckle your strato-belts. We’re going to talk about a giant in field of science fiction of writing. Poul Anderson won 7 Hugos and 3 Nebulas over his career. He was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1998.

Readers who started with the SF-F genres in the Eighties and after may not be familiar with Anderson. That’s a shame because they should be. The science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s was some of the finest written. Many make the mistake – if they decide to read “the old guys” at all – of sticking with the “big three”: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein, assuming their works to be the best of the times. That’s certainly arguable, but there were many other outstanding authors writing science fiction at the time, just as there are now, including Hal Clement (Mission of Gravity is a classic), Eric Frank Russell and, best of all, Poul Anderson.

Anderson wrote a lot of novels and short stories (listing here) and many of the novels are my favorite works of SF, but since short stories are often more accessible and provide a nice sampling of the work of an author, I’m going for that. And since we’re going to go with Poul Anderson’s short works, I’m going for the best collections available.

The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. edited by Rick Katze & Lis Carey, NESFA Press hardcover – science fiction short story collections:
Volume 1: Call Me Joe, Volume 2: The Queen of Darkness, Volume 3: The Saturn Gate,
Volume 4: Admiralty, Volume 5: Door to Anywhere

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That’s a lot of ground to cover, so I’ll focus here on the first volume.

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