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Poul Anderson: The Author

"My entry in the Gale Research Contemporary Authors series tells as much about my life as I would ever want anybody to publish."
— Poul Anderson, Introduction to Going for Infinity


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These pages include Anderson biographical information and commentary, Anderson-related photos and images, a bibliography of Anderson's original science-fiction future history publications and a listing of Anderson future history works in the Zarthani.net hoard.

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Poul Anderson, illustration by Kelly Freas, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1971.
(Served by Galactic Central)

Links to Anderson biographical information:

Locus Magazine 1997 interview excerpt;
• Michael A. Gardner's 1997 biography

• William Tenn's 2001 obituary
• Locus Online 2001 obituary
• David V. Barrett's 2001 obituary in The Guardian
• BBC News 2001 obituary
• Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America 2001 obituary, with tributes
• "Poul Anderson, Science Fiction Novelist, Dies at 74, The New York Times, August 3, 2001

Commentary by Poul Anderson:

• "History of the [Psychotechnic League] Future," Poul Anderson (and "Poul Anderson's Future History" by Alexander Samalman, ed.), in Startling Stories, Winter 1954/1955
• "Introduction," in The Night Face, Poul Anderson, New York: Ace, 1978;
• "Author's note," in The Psychotechnic League, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1981;
• Paul Glister's excerpts from Anderson's 1986 letter to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society offering a possible answer to the "Fermi Paradox"
• "Introduction (to 'The Saturn Game')," in Going for Infinity, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 2002, pp. 17-18
• "Introduction (to 'Gypsy')," in Going for Infinity, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 2002, pp. 65-66
• "Introduction (to 'The Master Key')," in Going for Infinity, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 2002, pp. 152-153
• "Introduction (to 'The Problem of Pain')," in Going for Infinity, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 2002, p. 185
• "Introduction (to 'Windmill')," in Going for Infinity, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 2002, pp. 219-220



Poul Anderson Gallery

"He . . . saluted the Emperor's portrait not with his usual vague wave but with a snap that well-nigh dislocated his shoulder."
— Poul Anderson, A Circus of Hells


The photos of Anderson below include a handful of formal publicity photos from some of his works.

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From Trader to the Stars dust jacket,
Doubleday 1964

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From The Trouble Twisters dust jacket,
Doubleday 1966

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From The Earth Book of Stormgate dust jacket,
Doubleday 1978

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From Going to Infinity dust jacket,
Tor 2002
(Catawrayannis Base hoard)



Sandra Miesel's Commentary

Anderson's Future Histories essays by Sandra Miesel, self-described "world's greatest expert" on Anderson:

The Psychotechnic League:

   • "Forward, and interstitial material," Sandra Miesel, in The Psychotechnic League, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1981
   • "Forward, and interstitial material," Sandra Miesel, in Cold Victory, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1982
   • "Forward, and interstitial material," Sandra Miesel, in Starship, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1982
   • "A Chronology of the Psychotechnic Series," Sandra Miesel, in Starship, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1982 (based on "History of the Future" by Poul Anderson — and "Poul Anderson's Future History" by Alexander Samalman, ed. — which originally appeared in Startling Stories, Winter 1954/1955)
   • "The Psychotechnic League," Sandra Miesel, in The Complete Psychotechnic League, Volume 1, Poul Anderson, Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2017 (originally published as "Forward" in The Psychotechnic League, Tor, 1981)
   • "Forward," Sandra Miesel, in The Complete Psychotechnic League, Volume 2, Poul Anderson, Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2018 (originally published as "Forward" in Cold Victory, Tor, 1982)
   • "Forward," Sandra Miesel, in The Complete Psychotechnic League, Volume 3, Poul Anderson, Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2018 (originally published as "Forward" in Starship, Tor, 1982)
   • "Chronology of the Future," Sandra Miesel, in The Complete Psychotechnic League, Volume 3, Poul Anderson, Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2018 (originally published as "A Chronology of the Psychotechnic League" in Starship, Tor, 1982)

Technic Civilization:

   • "Introduction," Sandra Miesel, in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976
   • "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series," Sandra Miesel, in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976 (also available here "A Chronology of Technic Civilization")
   • "Introduction," Sandra Miesel, in The People of the Wind, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1977
   • "Afterword," Sandra Miesel, in The Night Face, Poul Anderson, New York: Ace, 1978
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel (uncredited), in The Earth Book of Stormgate, Poul Anderson, New York: Berkley, 1978 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "Introduction," Sandra Miesel, in Ensign Flandry, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Agent of the Terran Empire, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Flandry of Terra, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in A Circus of Hells, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Ensign Flandry, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in The Rebel Worlds, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "The Price of Buying Time (Afterword)," Sandra Miesel, in A Stone in Heaven, Poul Anderson, New York: Ace, 1979
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in A Stone in Heaven, Poul Anderson, New York: Ace, 1979 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "Lurex and Gold: Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry Series," Sandra Miesel, in Agent of the Terran Empire, Poul Anderson, New York: Ace, 1980
   • "Prologue, and interstitial material," Sandra Miesel, in The Long Night, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1983
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in The Long Night, Poul Anderson, New York: Tor, 1983 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in The Van Rijn Method, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2008 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in David Falkayn: Star Trader, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2009 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Rise of the Terran Empire, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2009 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Young Flandry, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2010 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Captain Flandry, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2010 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Sir Dominic Flandry, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2010 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)
   • "A Chronology of Technic Civilization," Sandra Miesel, in Flandry's Legacy, Hank Davis, ed., Riverdale, NY: Baen, 2012 (originally published as "Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization Series" in War of the Wing-Men, Poul Anderson, Boston: Gregg Press, 1976)



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