Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Anderson, Heinlein, Asimov And Tolkien
A single novel like Poul Anderson's War Of The Gods was written comparatively quickly although not hastily. Anderson was able to produce quantities of quality. The volume of his output does not negate either its depth or its substance.
Although I like to trace chronological and conceptual links between Anderson's many works, they do not add up to a single sequence on the model of Tolkien's. Nevertheless, they do add up to something massive. Tolkien fans should check out at least Anderson's heroic fantasies.
When Harald Hardrada tries to sail to Jotunheim, it is as if he is seeking Tolkien's straight route beyond the horizon.