Poul Anderson was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1997, he produced an enormous body of standalone novels and series fiction and was equally at home in the fields of heroic fantasy and hard SF. He was a meticulous craftsman and a gifted storyteller, and the impact of his finest work continues, undiminished, to this day.
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds is a rousing, all-original anthology that stands both as a significant achievement in its own right and as a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable writer - and equally remarkable man. A nicely balanced mixture of fiction and reminiscence, Multiverse contains more than a dozen stories and novellas by some of today's finest writers, along with moving reflections by, among others, Anderson's wife, Karen; his daughter, Astrid Anderson Bear; and his son-in-law, novelist and coeditor Greg Bear. Bear's introduction, "My Friend Poul", is particularly illuminating and insightful.
The fictional contributions comprise a kaleidoscopic array of imaginative responses to Anderson's many and varied fictional worlds. A few of the highlights include Nancy Kress' "Outmoded Things" and Terry Brooks' "The Fey of Cloudmoor", stories inspired by the Hugo Award-winning "The Queen of Airand Darkness"; a pair of truly wonderful Time Patrol stories, "A Slip in Time" by S. M. Stirling and "Christmas in Gondwanaland" by Robert Silverberg; Raymond E. Feist's Dominic Flandry adventure, "A Candle"; and a pair of very different homages to the classic fantasy novel, Three Hearts and Three Lions: "The Man Who Came Late" by Harry Turtledove and "Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science)" by Tad Williams.
Copyright information: “Introduction: My Friend Poul” © 2014 by Greg Bear. “Outmoded Things” © 2014 by Nancy Kress. “The Man Who Came Late” © 2014 by Harry Turtledove. “A Slip in Time” © 2014 by S. M. Stirling. “Living and Working with Poul Anderson” © 2014 by Karen Anderson. “Dancing on the Edge of the Dark” © 2014 by C. J. Cherryh. “The Lingering Joy” © 2014 by Stephen Baxter. “Operation Xibalba” © 2014 by Eric Flint. “Tales Told” © 2014 by Astrid Anderson Bear. “The Fey of Cloudmoor” © 2014 by Terry Brooks. “Christmas in Gondwanaland” © 2014 by Agberg, Ltd. “Latecomers” © 2014 by David Brin. “An Appreciation of Poul Anderson” © 2014 by Jerry Pournelle. “A Candle” © 2014 by Raymond E. Feist. “The Far End” © 2014 by Larry Niven. “Bloodpride” © 2014 by Gregory Benford. “Three Lilies and Three Leopards (and a Participation Ribbon in Science)” © 2014 by Beale-Williams Enterprise.