Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Fortuitously, the three preceding posts have catalogued three major English/British influences on Poul Anderson:

William Shakespeare;
Arthur Conan Doyle;
HG Wells.

Two others are:

Mary Shelley - the first science fiction novel and the Frankenstein theme, which Anderson addressed in Genesis;

Olaf Stapledon - cosmic sf, with Stapledon's time scales influencing Anderson's Tau Zero.

Was CS Lewis also an influence on Anderson as he was on James Blish? Certainly, Anderson addressed Lewisian themes.

Neil Gaiman is not an influence but an interesting parallel.

Thus, at least seven relevant British authors.

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