Poul Anderson

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ANDERSON, Poul (192,6) American science fiction author who is prolific and popular. He uses a clear style to deal in ingenious, if not particularly original, ways with most of the major themes of the genre. His "Trader" series which explores the role of commerce in planetary interaction is clearly based on the experience of the American frontier, and has been influential. His best work extends contemporary characteristics of American society into a technologically different future ; although he has written accomplished fantasy.

Selected Books & Recommended Reading
War of the Wing-Men (1958)
Trader to the Stars (1966)
The Trouble Twisters (1967)
Satan's World (1969)
Mirkheim (1977)
The Earth Book of Stormgate (1978)

Star Ways (1956)
The Snows of Ganymede (1958)
Virgin Planet (1959)
Cold Victory (1982)
Starship (1982)

Planet of No Return (1956)
The Enemy Stars (1959)
Perish by the Sword (1959)
The High Crusade (1960)
The Golden Slave (1960)
Rogue Sword (1960)

Vault of the Ages (1952)
The War of Two Worlds (1953)
Brain Wave (1954)
The Broken Sword (1954)
No World of Their Own (1955)

He is most famous for adventure yarns with great characters to invest in. His work did calm do in terms of reality and length as his career progressed.  Most of the sci fi is solidly based on scientific fact, though he does push the envelope at times. He specialised in planets that were unlike ours. Probably the most famous was the planet of The Man Who Counts. His tales regularly revolved around a marooned or stranded characters fight to survive on a hostile foreign planet.

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