Sunday, 31 May 2015

Yamamura, Crowfeather And Van Rijn

It is almost impossible to glance inside a book by Poul Anderson without finding something for a blogger to post about. For example:

"I would have liked to continue with [Trygve Yamamura], but was earning so much more by science fiction that it became impractical."
-Poul Anderson, Going For Infinity (New York, 2002), p. 296.

We already knew that we would have read more about Dominic Flandry's daughter, Diana Crowfeather, if Anderson had not wanted to write other kinds of sf. Now we also know that we would have read more about Yamamura if he had paid better. But, in a sense, the readers decided.

However, we got three novels and one short story about Yamamura - and I have yet to read one of those novels - whereas we got only one novel about Diana.

Anderson wrote nonstop for over fifty years, producing a monumental canon, but we still want to read more about all of these characters - in particular maybe to accompany Nicholas van Rijn on his last exploratory voyage outside known space.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I suspect, but don't know, that Poul Anderson also wrote some short stories featuring Trygve Yamamura. Such as the stories pub. by THE SAINT DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. One example being "The Corpse in a Suit of Armor." After all, we do know, from "Dead Phone" collected in THE UNICORN TRADE that he wrote Yamamura short stories. And "Dead Phone" was also first pub. by THE SAINT MYSTERY MAGAZINE (Dec. 1964).