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Poul Anderson

Data de nascimento: 25. Novembro 1926
Data de falecimento: 31. Julho 2001

Poul William Anderson foi um escritor estadunidense da Era Dourada da ficção científica. Alguns dos seus primeiros contos foram publicados sob o pseudónimo de A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, e Winston P. Sanders. Foi, ainda, autor de diversas obras que se podem classificar como literatura fantástica, como na série King of Ys.

Filho de pais de origem dinamarquesa, formou-se em física na Universidade de Minnesota, em 1948. Casou-se com Karen Kruse em 1953, de quem teve uma filha, Astrid .

Começou a escrever ficção científica em 1937, enquanto estava convalescente de uma doença. O seu primeiro conto, publicado na revista Astounding em Setembro de 1944, foi A matter of relativity. Em 1947 publicou a sua primeira obra de envergadura: Tomorrow's children na mesma revista, mês de Março, com apenas 20 anos.

Em 1972 tornou-se o sexto presidente dos Escritores de Ficção Científica e Fantasia da América.

Foi também membro da "Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America", um grupo que unia em si várias correntes de autores, fundado na década de 1960 e cujas obras foram objecto de uma antologia organizada por Lin Carter .

Foi, igualamente, membro da Society for Creative Anachronism.

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Citações Poul Anderson

„What else is life but always bidding farewell?“

—  Poul Anderson, livro The Boat of a Million Years

Fonte: The Boat of a Million Years (1989), Chapter 1 “Thule”, Section 8 (p. 21)

„Nothing in excess, including self-denial.“

—  Poul Anderson, livro The Boat of a Million Years

Fonte: The Boat of a Million Years (1989), Chapter 2 “The Peaches of Forever” (p. 29)

„I also know you cannot pick and choose. Change is a medicine bundle. You must refuse it altogether, or take the whole thing.“

—  Poul Anderson, livro The Boat of a Million Years

Fonte: The Boat of a Million Years (1989), Chapter 12 “The Last Medicine” (p. 215)

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„She seldom bothered taking revenge. Time did that for her, eventually.“

—  Poul Anderson, livro The Boat of a Million Years

Fonte: The Boat of a Million Years (1989), Chapter 15 “Coming Together”, Section 2 (p. 281)

„Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ Yeah, trouble is, the three classes of people aren’t the same.“

—  Poul Anderson, livro The Boat of a Million Years

Fonte: The Boat of a Million Years (1989), Chapter 18 “Judgment Day”, Section 3 (p. 336)

„Do you actually hope to convert the whole of mankind?“

—  Poul Anderson, livro There Will Be Time

“Belay that! Anyhow, if you mean, Do we hope to make everybody into copies of us? The answer is, No. Mind, I’m not in Parliament or Admiralty, but I follow debates and I read the philosophers. One trouble with the old machine culture was that, by its nature, it did force people to become more and more alike. Not only did this fail in the end—disastrously—but to the extent it succeeded, it was a worse disaster.” Lohannaso smote the rail with a mighty fist. “Damnation, Thomas! We need all the diversity, all the assorted ways of living and looking and thinking, we can get!”
Fonte: There Will Be Time (1972), Chapter 11 (p. 119)

„Yeah. ‘Environment’ was very big for a while. Ecology Now stickers on the windshields of cars belonging to hairy young men—cars which dripped oil wherever they parked and took off in clouds of smoke thicker than your pipe can produce…Before long, the fashionable cause was something else, I forget what. Anyhow, that whole phase—the wave after wave of causes—passed away. People completely stopped caring…
I feel a moral certainty that a large part of the disaster grew from this particular country, the world’s most powerful, the vanguard country for things both good and ill…never really trying to meet the responsibilities of power.
We’ll make halfhearted attempts to stop some enemies in Asia, and because the attempts are halfhearted we’ll piss away human lives—on both sides—and treasure—to no purpose. Hoping to placate the implacable, we’ll estrange our last few friends. Men elected to national office will solemnly identify inflation with rising prices, which is like identifying red spots with the measles virus, and slap on wage and price controls, which is like papering the cracks in a house whose foundations are sliding away. So economic collapse brings international impotence…As for our foolish little attempts to balance what we drain from the environment against what we put back—well, I mentioned that car carrying the ecology sticker.
At first Americans will go on an orgy of guilt. Later they’ll feel inadequate. Finally they’ll turn apathetic. After all, they’ll be able to buy any anodyne, any pseudo-existence they want.“

—  Poul Anderson, livro There Will Be Time

Fonte: There Will Be Time (1972), Chapter 5 (pp. 53-54)

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