Poul Anderson

Literary Birthday – 25 November – Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson was born 25 November 1926, and died 31 July 2001.

Seven Quotes

  1. A fanatic is a man who, when he’s lost sight of his purpose, redoubles his effort.
  2. All those agonising philosophical-theological conundrums amount to Ask a silly question, get a silly answer.
  3. So much American science fiction is parochial — not as true now as it was years ago, but the assumption is one culture in the future, more or less like ours, and with the same ideals, the same notions of how to do things, just bigger and flashier technology. Well, you know darn well it doesn’t work that way.
  4. We live with our archetypes, but can we live in them?
  5. A man isn’t really alive till he has something bigger than himself and his own little happiness, for which he’d gladly die.
  6. When facts are insufficient, theorising is ridiculous at best, misleading at worst.
  7. I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.

Poul Anderson was an American science-fiction author. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. His novels include Tau Zero and The Broken Sword.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th November 2014