History Creator / PoulAnderson

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21st Feb '17 6:33:08 PM Xtifr
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TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poul_Anderson recurring themes in his work]] as (among others) "[[BigDamnHeroes larger-than-life characters]] who succeed gleefully or fail heroically," [[RockBeatsLaser the folly of underestimating "primitive" cultures]], and "[[GreyAndGrayMorality tragic conflict... with no villains at all]]." His most famous essay is [[http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/ "On Thud and Blunder,"]] where he takes potshots at those who fail to use basic research, or at least common sense when writing HeroicFantasy, and is the TropeNamer for ThudAndBlunder.

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TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poul_Anderson recurring themes in his work]] as (among others) "[[BigDamnHeroes larger-than-life characters]] who succeed gleefully or fail heroically," [[RockBeatsLaser the folly of underestimating "primitive" cultures]], and "[[GreyAndGrayMorality tragic conflict... with no villains at all]]." His most famous essay is essay, [[http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/ "On Thud and Blunder,"]] where he takes potshots at those who fail to use basic research, or at least common sense when writing HeroicFantasy, and is the TropeNamer for ThudAndBlunder.
21st Feb '17 6:31:14 PM Xtifr
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Poul Anderson (1926--2001) was an American writer of SpeculativeFiction, who was also involved in the founding of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Apart from Creator/JRRTolkien, probably the writer most involved in [[ShownTheirWork doing the research]] when it came to fantasy. A major source for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

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Poul Anderson (1926--2001) was an American writer of SpeculativeFiction, mainly science fiction, and occasional HistoricalFiction, who was also involved in the founding of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Apart from Creator/JRRTolkien, probably Though much of his work was dramatic, he also wrote a fair amount of humor. He was known for combining the writer most involved in nuts-and-bolts of [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hard SF]] with interesting and unusual characters. His novel ''Literature/TauZero'' was one of the first to consider the extreme implications of relativity, and he was one of the first authors to create a biologically plausible WingedHumanoid alien species. On the more humorous side, he was the first to postulate a spaceship powered by beer. His penchant for [[ShownTheirWork doing the research]] when it came also extended to fantasy. A his fantasy and historical works. He has been cited as a major source for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. But he was best known for his sweeping ''Literature/TechnicHistory'' space opera series, which was formed by CanonWelding his early Polysotechnic League stories with his later Dominic Flandry/Terran Empire stories.
19th Feb '17 8:55:24 PM Fireblood
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* CulturedBadass: In "A Little Knowledge"

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* CulturedBadass: In "A Little Knowledge"Knowledge".



* DearJohnLetter: In the BackStory of "The Corkscrew Of Space"

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* DearJohnLetter: In the BackStory of "The Corkscrew Of Space"Space".



* DirtyBusiness: The aliens' view, in "No Truce with Kings"
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In "No Truce With Kings"

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* DirtyBusiness: The aliens' view, in "No Truce with Kings"
Kings".
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In "No Truce With Kings"Kings".



* TheFairFolk: Appear in many Anderson stories, often with some kind of twist. Examples include ''The Queen of Air and Darkness''.

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* TheFairFolk: Appear They ppear in many Anderson stories, often with some kind of twist. Examples include ''The Queen of Air and Darkness''.



* FeudalFuture: Many

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* FeudalFuture: ManyMany.



* FlowerMotifs: The aliens loved this in "The Pirate"
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Averted in the short story ''The Food of the Gods''. A being or concept needs some initial worship to achieve Godhood, but after that are relatively self-sustaining. (If a bit hungry . . . )

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* FlowerMotifs: The aliens loved this in "The Pirate"
Pirate".
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Averted {{Averted}} in the short story ''The Food of the Gods''. A being or concept needs some initial worship to achieve Godhood, but after that are relatively self-sustaining. (If a bit hungry . . . )



* HomeSweetHome: Why they stopped looking for Earth in "Gypsy"

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* HomeSweetHome: Why they stopped looking for Earth in "Gypsy""Gypsy".



* ImAHumanitarian: Central to all of a planet's cultures in "Sharing of Flesh"

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* ImAHumanitarian: Central to all of a planet's cultures in "Sharing of Flesh"Flesh".



* ImprobablyHighIQ: In "Turning Point," invoked to be averted; it's meaningless to talk of how high an average IQ the planet of geniuses has, because the scale realy doesn't work past 180.

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* ImprobablyHighIQ: In "Turning Point," invoked to be averted; it's meaningless to talk of how high an average IQ the planet of geniuses has, because the scale realy really doesn't work past 180.



* ItWasAGift: Invoked as an excuse in "A Little Knowledge"

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* ItWasAGift: Invoked {{Invoked}} as an excuse in "A Little Knowledge"Knowledge".



* MasterOfYourDomain: A lot of his books e.g. ''Boat of A Million Years''
* MatterOfLifeAndDeath: In "Marque and Reprisal"
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: ''The Devil's Game''
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: In ''The Man Who Counts''
* TheMenFirst: In "Arsenal Port"

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* MasterOfYourDomain: A lot of his books e.g. ''Boat of A Million Years''
Years''.
* MatterOfLifeAndDeath: In "Marque and Reprisal"
Reprisal".
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: ''The Devil's Game''
Game''.
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: In ''The Man Who Counts''
Counts''.
* TheMenFirst: In "Arsenal Port"Port".



* MindOverMatter: In ''Sargasso of Lost Starships''
* MoreHeroThanThou: "Sunjammer" -- they argue about who will do the dangerous part, based on two of them being young but unmarried, and one being married but old
* TheMutiny: In "Break"

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* MindOverMatter: In ''Sargasso of Lost Starships''
Starships''.
* MoreHeroThanThou: "Sunjammer" -- they argue about who will do the dangerous part, based on two of them being young but unmarried, and one being married but old
old.
* TheMutiny: In "Break""Break".



* NiceToTheWaiter: Ganch is repulsed by this in "Inside Straight"
* NonHumanSidekick: "To Build A World"
* NotAGame: Inverted in "The Un-Man" -- a two-year-old needs to think it's a game to avoid being traumatized.

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* NiceToTheWaiter: Ganch is repulsed by this in "Inside Straight"
Straight".
* NonHumanSidekick: "To Build A World"
World".
* NotAGame: Inverted {{Inverted}} in "The Un-Man" -- a two-year-old needs to think it's a game to avoid being traumatized.



* {{Privateer}}: ''The Star Fox''

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* {{Privateer}}: ''The Star Fox''Fox''.



* StockholmSyndrome: Wanda reminds herself of this in ''Year of the Ransom''
* TakingTheVeil: The end of "Kyrie", and a plot twist in "The Live Coward"
* TalkingInYourSleep: A danger in "The Burning Bridge" -- the man must become a HumanPopsicle so he will not reveal all

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* StockholmSyndrome: Wanda reminds herself of this in ''Year of the Ransom''
Ransom''.
* TakingTheVeil: The end of "Kyrie", and a plot twist in "The Live Coward"
Coward".
* TalkingInYourSleep: A danger in "The Burning Bridge" -- the man must become a HumanPopsicle so he will not reveal allall.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In "A Little Knowledge"

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In "A Little Knowledge"Knowledge".



** In "Say It With Flowers", the main character pleads for news on the grounds that he had a relative on a ship

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** In "Say It With Flowers", the main character pleads for news on the grounds that he had a relative on a shipship.



** "The Man who Came Early" moved back in time after a lighning strike.

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** "The Man who Came Early" moved back in time after a lighning lightning strike.



* TwiceToldTale: "Goat Song" is Orpheus

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* TwiceToldTale: "Goat Song" is OrpheusOrpheus.



* WhenTreesAttack: An alien forest in ''The Star Fox''
* WouldNotHitAGirl: "To Build A World"

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* WhenTreesAttack: An alien forest in ''The Star Fox''
Fox''.
* WouldNotHitAGirl: "To Build A World"World".
5th Jan '17 10:10:20 AM Andrewjpet12
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* ConstrainedWriting: [[https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=alt.language.artificial/ZL4e3fD7eW0/_7p8bKwLJWkJ "Uncleftish Beholding"]] is a short essay Anderson wrote that provides a basic overview of atomic physics, but does so as much as possible with only words of Germanic, rather than Latin, origin.



* ConstrainedWriting: [[https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=alt.language.artificial/ZL4e3fD7eW0/_7p8bKwLJWkJ "Uncleftish Beholding"]] is a short essay Anderson wrote that provides a basic overview of atomic physics, but does so as much as possible with only words of Germanic, rather than Latin, origin.
24th Dec '16 4:05:39 PM Andrewjpet12
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* ConstrainedWriting: [[https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=alt.language.artificial/ZL4e3fD7eW0/_7p8bKwLJWkJ "Uncleftish Beholding"]] is a short essay Anderson wrote that provides a basic overview of atomic physics, but does so as much as possible with only words of Germanic, rather than Latin, origin.
15th Oct '16 1:03:10 PM SorPepita
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TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poul_Anderson recurring themes in his work]] as (among others) "[[BigDamnHeroes larger-than-life characters]] who succeed gleefully or fail heroically," [[RockBeatsLaser the folly of underestimating "primitive" cultures]], and "[[GreyAndGrayMorality tragic conflict...with no villains at all]]." His most famous essay is [[http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/ "On Thud and Blunder,"]] where he takes potshots at those who fail to use basic research, or at least common sense when writing HeroicFantasy, and is the TropeNamer for ThudAndBlunder.

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TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poul_Anderson recurring themes in his work]] as (among others) "[[BigDamnHeroes larger-than-life characters]] who succeed gleefully or fail heroically," [[RockBeatsLaser the folly of underestimating "primitive" cultures]], and "[[GreyAndGrayMorality tragic conflict... with no villains at all]]." His most famous essay is [[http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/ "On Thud and Blunder,"]] where he takes potshots at those who fail to use basic research, or at least common sense when writing HeroicFantasy, and is the TropeNamer for ThudAndBlunder.
4th Sep '16 7:21:15 PM PaulA
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* VenusIsWet: In "Sister Planet", Venus is an ocean world with no landmasses. In a variation from the norm, it doesn't have a human-breathable atmosphere.
30th Jun '16 8:26:32 PM PaulA
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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: ''After Doomsday''



* HopeIsScary: In ''After Doomsday'', an alien does not understand this.



* TheLeader: ''After Doomsday''



* YouAreInCommandNow: In ''After Doomsday'', the second officer breaks apart when this hits him.
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