Favourite Poul Anderson Novel

What are your favourite Poul Anderson novels? (3 choices each)

  • The Boat of a Million Years

    Votes: 5 27.8%
  • Brainwave

    Votes: 3 16.7%
  • Tau-Zero

    Votes: 9 50.0%
  • The High Crusade

    Votes: 6 33.3%
  • The Broken Sword

    Votes: 6 33.3%
  • Three Hearts and Three Lions

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • Harvest of Stars

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Long Way Home

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • Time Patrol

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • The People of the Wind

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mirkheim

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Enemy Stars

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • Starfarers

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Any Dominic Flandry novel (e.g. A Circus of Hells, or, Rebel Worlds)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Any Falkayn/van Rijn book (e.g. Earth Book of Stormgate, or, The Trouble Twisters)

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 11.1%

  • Total voters
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Parson

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Found it. Only available in English. Probably never been translated.
Well, that's no problem. :)
Sigh! I'm jealous of being very literate in at least 2 languages. There is no other language that I could read a novel in.
 

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Sigh! I'm jealous of being very literate in at least 2 languages. There is no other language that I could read a novel in.
Look at it this way: English is the world no. 1 language. So there is little need for you to bother yourself with learning a second language, just to be able to get around in the world. And getting 'very literate' (your words, not mine) can take a lot of time and energy. You can put that energy in learning other stuff that suits you best.
Though I won't deny that knowing two or more languages is a great advantage.
 

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(Grins) "Very literate" was my way of saying I know a little of a couple of languages, Greek and Hebrew, and now that I'm retired I'm spending an hour probably more each night learning Spanish. (200 + nights so far) But as insightful as any of that can be, and sometimes it's very insightful indeed, it's not the same as being able to read and communicate in a which is not absolutely painstaking and frustrating. I'm trying to learn Spanish because I want to make the increasingly numerous number of Spanish speakers moving into our area feel welcomed and accepted. --- I really wish more American schools made learning a foreign language mandatory.
 

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(Grins) "Very literate" was my way of saying I know a little of a couple of languages, Greek and Hebrew....
Ah! I was wondering about that, you being the Resident Parson. Not languages to get easily 'very literate' in.

I really wish more American schools made learning a foreign language mandatory.
It is in the Netherlands, on any school. Whether or not there is a practical need (or aptitude), it does broaden your mind and cultural outlook..

Anyway, all this has little to do with Poul Anderson.
 

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Ah! I was wondering about that, you being the Resident Parson. Not languages to get easily 'very literate' in.


It is in the Netherlands, on any school. Whether or not there is a practical need (or aptitude), it does broaden your mind and cultural outlook..

Anyway, all this has little to do with Poul Anderson.
True that. Thanks
 

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My favorite Poul Anderson is not one listed it's "The Only Game in Town." I also voted for "The Boat of a Million Years" and "Time Patrol." I've probably not read as much of his stuff as I should have, bu those three are definitely memorable.
The Only Game in Town is the fourth Time Patrol book, so I only listed the first - a vote for Time Patrol kinda encapsulates the sequels, perhaps.
 

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The Only Game in Town is the fourth Time Patrol book, so I only listed the first - a vote for Time Patrol kinda encapsulates the sequels, perhaps.
But I've got to wonder about that list. I see the title in a "Time Patrol" omnibus but I know of certainty that what I read was a stand alone and I really think novel size. I remember distinctly picking it up at a used book store in the late 80's after an acquaintance had told me that her son read all of Poul Anderson he could get a hold of, and I had not read any of his stuff at that time. There is nothing that I remember in "The Only Game in Town" about the Time Patrol it is a story of a mongol from before Genghis Chan's time who is hijacked to a time when the mass of people are illiterate and have no knowledge of history and the computer controlling human society presents history in the form of what we would call "reality shows." His only way of living in the time is to join the game and play a mongol, which of course he was. Could Anderson have reworked it into a novel at another time?

Edit: I found the short story and skimmed it. That story is not the story I read. --- Now I'm really flummoxed.
 

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Okay I've done some research, Parson. The Only Game in Town is a novellete, only 27 pp. first appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and it is included in Time Patrol. It is the fourth story in that series. The stories are loosely associated, not necessarily closely linked. Given its not a novel, I feel vindicated to not include it separately. It also explains why I hadn't heard of this great lost Poul Anderson novel! :) ;)
 

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My favorites were "The Man Who Counts", and the "Operation" stories.
"Operation"s Virginia Greylock character was based on Ginny Heinlein.
 

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That was tough - Tau Zero and Brain Wave were easy and "Any Polesotechnic League/Terran Empire Future History book" would have been my third. Without that option, I was torn between van Rijn/Falkayn and Flandry and thought I might just go for an independent novel instead, but then was torn between The High Crusade and The Enemy Stars, so I ended up going back to van Rijn/Falkayn. (BTW, Mirkheim is one of those and People of the Wind is a Future History tale not in the main two subseries.) Unless everybody else was having the same problem I was having, I can't believe no one but me has voted for van Rijn/Falkayn/Flandry yet.
 

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For a look at his earlier work I'd recommend After Doomsday.
I enjoyed
Mirkheim
and
The Dancer from Atlantis
 

JimC

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" I can't believe no one but me has voted for van Rijn/Falkayn/Flandry yet".

I did, in the post immediately preceding yours - 'The Man Who Counts'
 

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" I can't believe no one but me has voted for van Rijn/Falkayn/Flandry yet".

I did, in the post immediately preceding yours - 'The Man Who Counts'
I meant in the poll options - until I checked the Falkayn/van Rijn box there were 0 votes for it and there are still 0 on the Flandry option so far.
 
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