Poul Anderson


Poul William Anderson (1926 – 2001) was an American science fiction author who wrote during a Golden Age of the genre. Poul Anderson also authored several works of fantasy.  He was educated at the University of Minnesota where he gained a degree in physics in 1948.

He was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972.

Much of Anderson’s science fiction is thoroughly grounded in science (with the addition of dubious but standard speculations such as faster-than-light travel). His stories often depicted a shipwrecked or stranded hero's struggle to survive in the hostile environment of an alien world through ingenuity and sheer drive.

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From Archive - Audio:

1.  Security  (5 Parts) - A scientist is assigned to a super-secret project, and finds himself in a brand new life. A very likeable story set in a very unlikeable world.

2.  Sci-Fi Radio 17 - Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson (play) 

From LibriVox:

1.  The Burning Bridge   (The 5th short story in Short Sci Fi Collection Vol. 002)

2.  The Valor of Cappen Verra  (13th story in short story collection 39)

3.  Duel on Syrtis  (1st story in sci fi story collection # 38)

4.  The Valor of Cappen Varra  (17th story in Short Story Collection # 47)

5.  Security 

“Security”, tells the story of a compartmentalized government physicist ordered by secret police to complete experiments aimed at developing a new weapon. He is brought to a hidden space station and put in charge of the project but there are many questions. In a world of spies watching spies it’s sometimes hard to know what’s patriotic. -- Poul Anderson was a Golden Age Science Fiction and Fantasy author. “Security” first appeared in the magazine “Space Science Fiction” in February of 1953.

6.  Chapter End - 

 Far, far in the future the Earth is still spinning around the Sun, on the edge of the galaxy, dozing in obscurity, forgotten by it's trillions of progeny and completely irrelevant. But this doesn't matter to the few millions who still live there in simplicity and quiet happiness. But then interstellar politics dictates that they must all leave Earth because ... well, listen to the story as told by the great Poul Anderson as he explores what the Earth means to humans and to one man in particular.

7.  Sentiment Inc -  The way we feel about another person, or about objects, is often bound up in associations that have no direct connection with the person or object at all. Often, what we call a "change of heart" comes about seemly from a change in the many associations which make up our present viewpoint. Now, suppose that these associations could be altered artificially, at the option of the person who was in charge of the process.... 

8.  Inside Earth - This story takes place in the not so distant future. Earth has been conquered and is a subjugated planet, the much too humanoid new rulers now extract heavy taxes, control industry and reproduction and interfere in every aspect of life. Rumors of their brutality and vicious massacres increase every day. Obviously, they must be thrown out and rebellion seethes among the patriots. But on the other hand, others are not so eager to get rid of the overlords: the terrible nationalistic wars have been stopped, famine is long gone and health care is almost universally available. Still, the elite intellectual portion of the earth's population plot to remove the heavy heel of the oppressors from their necks and let earth be free again. But time and again the attempts for freedom have been crushed the Valgolians mainly because national, ethnic, religious and racial prejudices and hatred among the earthlings keep the conspirators from working together. Obviously, no conqueror wants his subjects to revolt against his rule. Obviously? This one would go to any lengths to start a rebellion!

9.  The Sensitive ManPoul Anderson delves into the realm of human potential in this exciting story and asks some penetrating questions for us to think about. What if psychology finally enabled people to even partially control all those automatic reactions of our minds and bodies? What if we were not slaves to anger, fear, emotions, hormones, blood pressure and the thousand other things that our bodies 'take care of' from instant to instant? What if those things could be brought under the control even partially of our reason and minds? In this story one man stood between a power-hungry cabal and their world mastery—but a man of, shall we say, unusual talents.


From Hour 25 Podcast:

  1. Call Me Joe 
  2. Kyrie

 From Hard SF:  [Listed by Author in alphabetical order]

  1. Inside Story - X Minus One 
  2. The Light - X Minus One
  3. Planet of Geniuses - Exploring Tomorrow

From Archive.Org:

  1. My Object All Subline - Time war information could be fatal.
From SFF Audio:

     1.  Seeing Ear Theater - The Martian Crown Jewelsgo to 4th audio