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Renascence by Paul Anderson

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The scope of life may be far wider than most humans think—but there’s at least one human trait that’s likely to persist through even the most extreme changes…

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Paul Anderson

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Paul Anderson (Poul William Anderson, USA, November 26, 1926 - July 31, 2001) - Amer. novelist, one of the leading authors of the post-war NF USA. Used pseudonyms W.

Sanders (Winston P.

Sanders), Michael Karageorg (Michael Karageorge), A.A.

Craig (AA Craig). Paul W.

Anderson was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania in 1926 to a Danish family, which explains the unusual spelling of his first name in English, Poul. Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor`s degree in physics. Anderson`s second education is historical. In addition, due to his origin, he is well versed in the Scandinavian languages ​​(both ancient and modern) and the literature of the European North. The first try of the pen dates back to Anderson`s years of study at the physics department of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. It was then, in the mid-40s, that several of his stories were published by the famous magazine Astounding Science Fiction, headed by the then no less famous V.

Campbell. The first story of the future master of science fiction, published in this edition, is Children of Tomorrow, co-written with F.N. Waldrop. Such an early success in the literary field turned the young man away from physics, in which he specialized and defended his diploma. Anderson dropped once: "I decided to postpone physics and sit for a year or two at a typewriter." This “year”, to the great delight of amateurs, then stretched out for half a century ...

Anderson`s first novel, “Brainwave,” was published in 1954, and then an avalanche of novels, novellas and short stories fell upon the reader. The usual "norm" for a writer is two or three books a year. Anderson`s creative interests are unusually versatile. From under his pen there are children`s and popular science books, adventure novels and detective stories, reworkings and translations of medieval Scandinavian sagas and, of course, science fiction novels, stories, short stories. Two cycles can be traced among the novels. The first is about the Galasociotechnical League and space merchant Nicholas Van Rijn: The War of the Winged People (1958), The Merchant is Always a Merchant (1964), The Intruders (1966), The Satanic Games (1969), Mirkheim ( 1977), The Book of the Gates of the Storm (1978). The second cycle is dedicated to the adventures of the agent of the Earth Empire Domenic Flanders: "Give us the stars" (1959), "Earthman, Get Out of Here" (1960), "May Orbit" (1961), "Agent of the Earth Empire" (1965), "Warrant Officer Flanders" (1966), Infernal Circus (1970), Knight of Flanders (1974), Imperial Game (1984). From the standpoint of science fiction, Paul Anderson examines space travel ("The Long Way Home" (1954), "After Judgment Day" (1963), "Tau Zero" (1970)), time travel ("Time Patrol" (1961), "Dancer from Atlantis" (1971)), anthropology, ethics ...

not to mention physics, which in one way or another is present in all of the writer`s science fiction works. Often, Anderson draws his ideas from history, which, to his credit, he knows professionally deeply: "Crusade to Heaven" (1971), "Dancer from Atlantis", trilogy about the Last Viking (1981). The last cycle, however, is more of an adventurous historical than a fantastic one. But the novel "A Storm on a Summer Night" (1974) belongs to the genre of the so-called "alternative history": what could have been, if not the Puritans, but the royalists had won in the civil war in England ...

Anderson`s work is especially characterized by a fascination with myths and legends different peoples and primarily Scandinavian: the novels "Broken Blade" (1954), "The Saga of Holva Kraki" (1973), the story "Children of the Water King" (1973). The list of awards received by Anderson tells about the artistic level of works of all these genres. For half a century of creative activity, Paul Anderson seven times became a laureate of the Hugo Prize (1961 - the story "The Longest Journey", 1964 - the story "No Peace to Kings", 1969 - the story "Communion of the Flesh", 1972 - the story "The Queen of Winds and Darkness" , 1973 - the story "The Singer", 1979 - the story "Hunting Moon", 1982 - the story "Saturnalia"); three times received the Nebula Prize (1971 - the story “The Queen of Winds and Darkness”, 1972 - the story “The Singer”, 1981 - the story “Saturnalia”). In addition, the writer received the Gandalf Prize (officially the John R.R.

Tolkien Memorial Prize) (1978) and the Macmillan Prize for Best Detective Story of the Year (1959). As the famous editor, writer and critic Damon Knight once remarked: “… among thinkers Anderson can be attributed to rationalists, and among writers - to romantics. Such a paradoxical combination turned out to be very fruitful.

" In addition to science fiction, Anderson tried his hand at such literary genres as detective and adventure novels, historical chronicles, fantasy, works for children, and, as a rule, not unsuccessfully ...

Paul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001 in his own house near San -Francisco. Anderson is survived by his wife Karen, who several times acted as his co-author (in particular, in the tetralogy King Isa (1988)) and a daughter. Anderson`s son-in-law is also a famous science fiction writer - Greg Beer. S.V., 05.05.2007

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