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Anderson, Poul


Three Hearts and Three Lions

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Author: Poul Anderson

Transported to a medieval realm of magic and myth, a World War II resistance fighter undertakes a perilous quest in this classic fantasy adventure.

Holger Carlsen is a rational man of science. A Danish engineer working with the Resistance to defeat the Nazis, he is wounded during an engagement with the enemy and awakens in an unfamiliar parallel universe where the forces of Law are locked in eternal combat with the forces of Chaos. Against a medieval backdrop, brave knights must take up arms against magical creatures of myth and faerie, battling dragons, trolls, werewolves, and giants.
 
Though Holger has no recollection of this world, he discovers he is already well-known throughout the lands, a hero revered as a Champion of Law. He finds weaponry and armor awaiting him—precisely fitted to his form—and a shield with three hearts and three lions emblazoned upon it. As he journeys through a realm filled with wonders in search of the key to his past, Holger will call upon the scientific knowledge of his home dimension, the destinies of both worlds hanging in the balance.

Before Thomas Covenant, Roger Zelazny’s Amber, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the great Poul Anderson introduced readers to the Middle World and the legendary hero Ogier the Dane. Inventive and exciting, Three Hearts and Three Lions is a foray into fantasy that employs touches of science fiction from an award-winning master of the speculative.

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The Broken Sword

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Author: Poul Anderson

This acclaimed fantasy classic of men, elves, and gods is at once breathtakingly exciting and heartbreakingly tragic.

Published the same year as The Fellowship of the Ring, Poul Anderson’s novel The Broken Sword draws on similar Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon sources. In his greed for land and power, Orm the Strong slays the family of a Saxon witch—and for his sins, the Northman must pay with his newborn son. Stolen by elves and replaced by a changeling, Skafloc is raised to manhood unaware of his true heritage and treasured for his ability to handle the iron that the elven dare not touch. Meanwhile, the being who supplanted him as Orm’s son grows up angry and embittered by the humanity he has been denied. A pawn in a witch’s vengeance, the creature Valgard will never know love, and consumed by rage, he will commit a murderous act of unspeakable vileness.
 
It is their destiny to finally meet on the field of battle—the man-elf and his dark twin, the monster—when the long-simmering war between elves and trolls finally erupts with a devastating fury. And only the mighty sword Tyrfing, broken by Thor and presented to Skafloc in infancy, can turn the tide in a terrible clashing of faerie folk that will ultimately determine the fate of the old gods.
 
Along with such notables as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner Poul Anderson is considered one of the masters of speculative fiction.

This edition contains the author’s original text.

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Tau Zero

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Author: Poul Anderson

This Hugo Award finalist, “justifiably regarded as a classic” (SFReviews.net), is the tale of an epic space voyage where time dilation goes horribly wrong.
 
Aboard the spacecraft Leonora Christine, fifty crewmembers, half men and half women, have embarked on a journey of discovery like no other to a planet thirty light-years away. Since their ship is not capable of traveling faster than light, the crew will be subject to the effects of time dilation and relativity. They will age five years on board the ship before reaching their destination, but thirty-three years will pass on Earth. Experienced scientists and researchers, they have come to terms with the time conditions of their space travel.
 
Until . . . the Leonora Christine passes through an uncharted nebula, which damages the engine, making it impossible to decelerate the ship on the second half of their trip. To survive, the crewmembers have no choice but to bypass their destination and continue to accelerate toward the speed of light. But how will they keep hope alive and maintain order as they hurtle deeper into space with time passing more and more rapidly, and their ultimate fate unknown?
 
With its combination of mind-blowing hard science and compelling human drama, Tau Zero is “the ultimate hard science novel” (Mike Resnick).
 

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The Complete Psychotechnic League, Vol. 1

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Author: Poul Anderson

The first of three volumes collecting ALL of the Psychotechnic League future history stories, from multiple Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning author Poul Anderson. After World War III ravages the globe, humanity, led by the Psychotechnic Institute, bands together to create peace on Earth and to spread that peace throughout the solar system and beyond. But soon the cycle of war and destruction begins anew. Includes short stories never before collected in a Psychotechnic League volume.

FROM THE ASHES OF WORLD WAR III

World War III has ravaged the globe. Once great nations have been brought to their knees. Now, a new science offers hope for the future: Psychodynamics, the ability to influence government and popular opinion. Led by the Psychotechnic Institute, humanity denounces its violent ways, once and for all. While peace reigns on Earth, humankind ventures out into the Solar System—and to the stars beyond. But soon the cycle of war and destruction begins anew.

The first of three volumes collecting all of multiple Hugo- and Nebula-Award winning author Poul Anderson's massive future history magnum opus. Includes short stories previously uncollected in a Psychotechnic League volume!

About Poul Anderson:

"One of science fiction's authentic geniuses."–Chicago Sun-Times

“Anderson fuses elegiac prose and a sweeping vision of man’s technological future…”–Booklist
 
“One of science fiction’s giants.”–Arthur C. Clarke

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Sargasso of Lost Starships & The Ice Queen

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Author: Poul Anderson

Armchair Fiction presents extra large editions of classic science fiction double novels. The first novel is “Sargasso of Lost Starships” by one of the most heralded sci-fi authors of all time, Poul Anderson. The Terrans wanted Basil Donovan for a long interstellar voyage into one of the most feared regions of outer space. They needed him to guide them into the Black Nebula—a place from which few starships had ever returned. But Donovan hated the Terrans. They had conquered his planet and turned his life as a member of the Royal Family into a shambles. However, there was more to it than just hating the Terrans. Donovan had been one of the few men to ever come back from the Black Nebula alive. And since his return, his grip upon his own sanity had been tenuous at best. He had been a captive in the Black Nebula, the captive of a race of bizarre alien creatures whose mental powers were far beyond those of ordinary human beings. There was also a beautiful female alien waiting for him there, a green-eyed alien whom he both hated and loved. And he knew she would never let him go home again—alive. The second novel “The Ice Queen” was penned by one of the most prolific science fiction authors of the golden age of pulp magazines, Don Wilcox. An adventurous tale of a lost world, hidden beneath the ice. When Jim McClurg signed on to be ship’s artist on the Aurora, he thought he was embarking on a long rescue mission, a lengthy sea voyage into ice-infected Arctic waters in search of a lost fur trader, missing some five years. And all he had to do was paint lovely pictures for his eccentric employer. However, the Lady Lucille Lorruth wanted more than to find her missing husband. Somewhere in these frozen wastes was a fortune in furs, left in a secret cache several years earlier. A fortune she coveted perhaps even more than the life of her husband. But guarding them was a strange, beautiful girl—a girl who rode a fantastic white tiger with intelligence and seemingly super scientific powers. Together they guarded the entrance to a fantastic lost world hidden beneath vast layers of glacial ice.

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Time Patrol

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Author: Poul Anderson
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Forget minor hazards like nuclear bombs. The discovery of time travel means that everything we know, anyone we know, might not only vanish, but never even have existed. Against that possibility stand the men and women of the Time Patrol, dedicated to preserving the history they know and protecting the future from fanatics, terrorists, and would-be dictators who would remold the shape of reality to suit their own purposes. But Manse Everard, the Patrol's finest temporal trouble-shooter, bears a heavy burden. The fabric of history is stained with human blood and suffering which he cannot, must not do anything to alleviate, lest his tampering bring disastrous alterations in future time. Everard must leave the horrors of the past in place, lest his tampering-or that of the Patrol's opponents, the Exaltationists-erase all hope of a better future, and instead bring about a future filled with greater horrors than any recorded by past history at its darkest and most foul.

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The Complete Psychotechnic League, Vol. 2 (The Psychotechnic League)

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Author: Poul Anderson

Volume two of three collecting ALL of the Psychotechnic League future history stories, from multiple Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning author Poul Anderson. After World War III ravages the globe, humanity, led by the Psychotechnic Institute, bands together to create peace on Earth and to spread that peace throughout the Solar System and beyond. But soon the cycle of war and destruction begins anew. Includes short stories never before collected in a Psychotechnic League volume!

FROM THE RAVAGES OF WAR, HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

After World War III has ravaged the globe and toppled once-great nations, a new science offers hope for the future: Psychodynamics, the ability to influence government and popular opinion. Led by the Psychotechnic Institute, humanity denounces its violent ways, once and for all. Peace reigns on Earth. Humankind shakes off the tyranny of gravity and ventures out into the galaxy. But no sooner is utopia realized than the cycle of war and destruction begins anew.

The second of three volumes collecting all of multiple Hugo- and Nebula-Award winning author Poul Anderson's massive future history magnum opus. Includes short stories previously uncollected in a Psychotechnic League volume!

About Poul Anderson:

"One of science fiction's authentic geniuses."–Chicago Sun-Times

“Anderson fuses elegiac prose and a sweeping vision of man’s technological future…”–Booklist

“One of science fiction’s giants.”–Arthur C. Clarke

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A Twelvemonth and a Day & Preferred Risk

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Author: Poul Anderson

Armchair Fiction presents illustrated, extra large editions of classic science fiction double novels with original illustrations. Poul Anderson is one of the most beloved science fiction authors of all time. Here is another fine example of his story-telling prowess. The travelers from the stars had come to the planet Gwydion on a diplomatic mission. They consisted of spacemen, diplomats, and soldiers. What they sought was permission to build an interplanetary spaceport. However, what they found was a planet of true wonder, a world of sheer physical beauty graced with lofty peaks, sparkling streams, and lush valleys. Its inhabitants were like no other race of humanoids in the galaxy, seemingly devoid of all vice, with no overt thoughts of selfishness, lust, crime, or killing. It all seemed a little too perfect. But the Gwydionians were a devoutly religious people, and with the coming of Bale time—the time of religious rejoicing and ecstasy, the visitors from space discovered just how unique the people of Gwydion really were… The second novel is “Preferred Risk” by Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey. The Company was a powerful, efficient, and monstrous organization that controlled the entire world, scientifically regulating everything in life: war, epidemics, one-a-day food pills, and test-tube sex…all through the use of its patented, terrifying human deep-freeze vault. “Preferred Risk” is an extraordinary, prophetic novel of the world of tomorrow from two ingenious science fiction masters, Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey. “Preferred Risk” was also the winner of the $6,500 Galaxy-Simon & Schuster novel-writing contest of 1955. It is a taut science fiction suspense story that asks the challenging question: how dangerous would it be to live in a rigidly risk-free world?

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The Complete Psychotechnic League, Vol. 3 (The Psychotechnic League)

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Author: Poul Anderson

Volume three of three collecting ALL of the Psychotechnic League future history stories, from multiple Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning author Poul Anderson. Includes stories never before collected in a Psychotechnic League volume! After World War III ravages the globe, humanity, led by the Psychotechnic Institute, bands together to create peace on Earth and to spread that peace throughout the Solar System and beyond. But soon the cycle of war and destruction begins anew. 

After World War III has ravaged the globe and toppled once-great nations, a new science offers hope for the future: Psychodynamics, the ability to influence government and popular opinion. Led by the Psychotechnic Institute, humanity denounces its violent ways, once and for all. Peace reigns on Earth. Humankind shakes off the tyranny of gravity and ventures out into the galaxy. But no sooner is utopia realized than the cycle of war and destruction begins anew.

The final of three volumes collecting all of multiple Hugo- and Nebula-Award winning author Poul Anderson's massive future history magnum opus. Includes short stories previously uncollected in a Psychotechnic League volume!

About Poul Anderson:

"One of science fiction's authentic geniuses."–Chicago Sun-Times

“Anderson fuses elegiac prose and a sweeping vision of man’s technological future…”–Booklist

“One of science fiction’s giants.”–Arthur C. Clarke

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Brain Wave

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Author: Poul Anderson

From the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author: “A panoramic story of what happens to a world gone super intelligent” (Astounding Science Fiction).
 
With “wonderfully logical detail . . . exciting storytelling and moving characterization” (Anthony Boucher), science fiction master Poul Anderson explores what happens when the next stage of evolution is thrust upon humanity and animals. As Earth passes out of a magnetic field that has suppressed intelligence for eons, the mental capacity for all mammals increases exponentially, radically changing the structures of society.
 
A mentally impaired farm worker finds himself capable of more delicate and intelligent thoughts than he ever dreamed. A young boy on holiday manages to discern the foundations of calculus before breakfast. Animals that were seen as livestock and pets can now communicate clearly with their owners and one another. And an already brilliant physics researcher now uses his boundless intellect to bring humankind to the stars—even as his wife plunges into an existential crisis. For all of them, the world will never be the same . . .
 

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