Going for Infinity
by by Poul Anderson
A book review by Mark L. Olson
Tor, 2002, $25.95, 416 pp
If you ever doubted that Poul Anderson was a most distinguished SF writer, this valedictory collection should prove it to you. It appears to have been assembled by Anderson after he knew that he had probably-fatal cancer. It collects a batch of his best stories along with running autobiographical commentary.
There's not a weak story in the bunch the weakest is a short sequel to The High Crusade that I was entirely unaware even existed and the strength of his writing is demonstrated by the fact that not even all his Hugo and Nebula winners made it into the book! (I do wish there'd been a Hoka story, though.)
The high points, to me, were
- "Sam Hall"
- "Journeys End"
- "The Problem of Pain"
- "The Queen of Air and Darkness"
What a remarkable writer! Highly recommended!
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