We’ve had warm, even hot, weather; so it’s been a good time to get outdoors, especially into the garden, which is looking very nice just now.
One special book this time.
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois [Subterranean Press 2014 hardcover, cover and illustrations by Bob Eggleton, purchased new] – science fiction. Friends and regular readers of this blog know that Poul Anderson is one of my favorite science fiction writers. I have all of the fine NESFA collections of his short fiction and a copy of just about every novel he wrote. Not every one is great, but most are very good or excellent, and I’ve read some of my favorites several times. So when I saw Subterranean Press was publishing this, it was a mandatory addition to my shelves, and will have pride of place thereon.
Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. Named a Grand Master by the SFWA in 1997, he produced an enormous body of standalone novels (Brain Wave, Tau Zero) and series fiction (Time Patrol and Dominic Flandry books) and was equally at home in the fields of heroic fantasy and hard SF. He was a meticulous craftsman and a gifted storyteller, and the impact of his finest work continues, undiminished, to this day.
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds is an all-original anthology; a mixture of fiction and reminiscence. It contains thirteen stories and novellas by some of today’s finest writers, along with reflections by – among others – Anderson’s wife, his daughter and his son-in-law, novelist and co-editor Greg Bear. (Bear also writes the introduction, “My Friend Poul”.
Table of Contents:
- Introduction: My Friend Poul by Greg Bear
- Outmoded Things by Nancy Kress
- The Man Who Came Late by Harry Turtledove
- A Slip in Time by S. M. Stirling
- Living and Working with Poul Anderson by Karen Anderson
- Dancing on the Edge of the Dark by C. J. Cherryh
- The Lingering Joy by Stephen Baxter
- Operation Xibalba by Eric Flint
- Tales Told by Astrid Anderson Bear
- The Fey of Cloudmoor by Terry Brooks
- Christmas in Gondwanaland by Robert Silverberg
- Latecomers by David Brin
- An Appreciation of Poul Anderson by Jerry Pournelle
- A Candle by Raymond E. Feist
- The Far End by Larry Niven
- Bloodpride by Gregory Benford
- Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science) by Tad Williams
If you like the work of Poul Anderson, or just good solid science fiction, this is a book for you.
I have finished the three novel, 890 page collection The Planet Pirates by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon and Jodi Lynn Nye, comprised of Sassinak, The Death of Sleep and Generation Warriors. I enjoyed it, though the last novel seemed rushed near the end. Needing something completely different after that, so I read Agatha Christie’s Hickory Dickory Death (English title: Hickory Dickory Dock), one of the very few Poirot novels I seem to have missed. It seems to me it’s one of the weaker ones. I’ve now started Multiverse the book featured in this post. The weather is perfect for giving the garden some time in the morning and reading in the afternoon.
Barbara finished the last of The Leopard by Jo Nebso, and is about halfway through Cold Mourning by Brenda Chapman, a book she got at Left Coast Crime in Monterey. She’s enjoying it so far.
What new did you get, what have you been reading?