Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Amazing Places

We visit amazing places through the imaginations of Poul Anderson and of the writers with whom we compare him, e.g.:

AI "emulations" in Anderson's Genesis;
timelines "deleted" by the Time Patrol;
the City of York and the World Tree in Operation Luna;
Jotunheim, the Norse land of giants, in The Broken Sword;
the Cloud Universe in the very last story of the Technic History.

And also:

Larry Niven's Ringworld and Smoke Ring;
ERB's Barsoom and Poloda;
the changed Solar System of Olaf Stapledon's Last Men period;
post-Armageddon Earth in James Blish's trilogy and the cosmic collision in his tetralogy;

Unable to write imaginative fiction, I feel privileged to be able to read, appreciate and discuss it. However, we, the readers, are an important part of the creative process. Because of us, works endure, are remembered and reprinted and hopefully become classics, always in print. Because of us.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

For once, I've found nothing to dissent from in comments of yours! I agree with what you said here. I should have remembered Larry Niven's THE SMOKE RING, a truly STRANGE environment for people to live in.

I'm currently reading, with great pleasure, Allen Steele's ARKWRIGHT. And I couldn't help but wonder if he meant Nathan Arkwright to be, only in some ways, Poul Anderson. Steele mentions many SF writers by name in the novel but not, so far, Poul Anderson. Some of Arkwright's ideas, esp. his passion for a REAL space program, reminds me of Anderson's beliefs.