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Poul Anderson Biography

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author was one of the most popular authors of his time all the way into the 21st century. Anderson was born on November 25th, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

He began writing while attending the University of Minnesota. As an undergraduate his first stories were publish by John W. Campbell. Meanwhile he earned his B.A. in physics but his heart wasn’t in becoming a physicist. Instead after his graduation he became a freelance writer and continued to work on his writing. Anderson’s first stories were published while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota by John W. Campbell in the publication known as Astounding Science Fiction: "Tomorrow's Children." He also became the sixth President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He officially took his position in office in 1972.



Poul Anderson’s specialty was in scientifically creating completely believable non-Earthlike planets which is much harder than it sounds. Perhaps his best known work was the planet of The Man Who Counts. When Anderson created the planet he adjusted its size and composition making it so humans could live in the open air yet the flying intelligent aliens who also inhabited the planet could evolve. He also explored the consequences of creating a planet like this.

Anderson is probably most known for his adventure stories that he creates in which larger than life characters will either succeed gleefully or fail with dignity. The plot lines he created frequently involved the application of social and political issues in a such a manner that was not offensive yet appropriate to the science fiction genre. He also wrote some less extreme works of writing that were generally of shorter in length and which also appeared more often later in his career. For his works and contribution during what is known as the Golden Age of the science fiction/fantasy genre Anderson received many awards. To date he has been rewarded the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, John Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Nebula Award. Pegasus Award, the Prometheus Award, SFWA Grand Master Award and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Award. Below is a list of Anderson’s completed works: 

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Poul Anderson on the Web

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Books by Poul Anderson

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The Psychotechnic League: The Earth itself has lived in peace for many years. No longer are there wars and no longer are there people around that have to defend themselves. But cycles are known to repeat themselves.

Harvest of Stars

Time Patrol

Technic Civilization

Flandry

Single Books:

Star Ways

The Snows of Ganymede

Virgin Planet

The Psychotechnic League

Cold Victory

Starship 

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