Going For Infinity: A Literary Journey (Poul Anderson Collection)

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More than just a collection of some of Poul Anderson's most acclaimed works, Going for Infinity is both a celebration and a memoir of Anderson's distinguished sixty-year career in science fiction and fantasy. Along with several Hugo and Nebula Award-winning stories, Anderson also shares autobiographical musings, and fond memories as he looks back at a lifetime spent crafting many of science fiction's most memorable adventures.

Between the short story and novel excerpts collected here, which range over the entire length of Anderson's career, he reminisces about his experiences, including his encounters with such peers and colleagues as John W. Campbell, Anthony Boucher, "Gordy" Dickson, Jack Vance, Clifford Simak, and Harlan Ellison.

Going for Infinity provides a firsthand look at six decades of science fiction and fantasy, as lived by one of the field's most honored contributors. From the moons of Saturn to the shores of an enchanted isle, the astounding breadth of Poul Anderson's imagination is on ample display throughout this once-in-a-lifetime collection, along with a personal glimpse into the man himself.

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Going for Infinity is a wonderful, wide-ranging collection that aptly showcases one of the greatest writers of science fiction and fantasy.

This collection presents some of Anderson's best-known work, interspersed with his own comments on writing and selected memories of his six-decade career. It's a successful combination: Anderson's likeable, thoughtful persona and his powerful, precise fiction balance and enrich each other, bringing fresh context to both. Highlights include "The Saturn Game" with its characteristic blend of science, psychology, and beautiful prose; "The Problem of Pain," which offers a provocative redefinition of the concept of God; and "Goat Song," a chilling reworking of Greek myth.

Anderson (who died in 2001) was a graceful and deeply humanistic writer who used impeccable science and convincing fantasy to explore the complexities of love, death, sacrifice, necessity, and the wonder of the world. This collection is a must-have for his fans and a splendid introduction for readers new to his work. --Roz Genessee

From the Inside Flap:

"Anderson, far more than many newer science fiction writers, takes the trouble to envision a genuinely strange, complex future for mankind."
-The Washington Post

"This retrospective anthology serves as a valentine to SFWA Grandmaster Anderson's legions of fans. . . . full of anecdotes about fellow SF luminaries . . . This anthology represents the life's work of one of SF's most enduring and versatile writers."
-Publishers Weekly

"One of science fiction's authentic geniuses."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"Anderson, far more than many newer science fiction writers, takes the trouble to envision a genuinely strange, complex future for mankind."
-The Washington Post

"Poul Anderson is a legend, a bard of science fiction and fantasy."
-Elizabeth Haydon, USA Today bestselling author of the Rhapsody Trilogy

"One of the field's greatest writers."
-Orlando Sun-Sentinel

"One of the most influential science fiction writers of all time."
-Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

"One of hard science fiction's most consistently impressive writers."
-Omni

"Anderson has produced more milestones in contemporary science fiction and fantasy than any one man is entitled to."
-Stephen R. Donaldson

"Poul Anderson is science fiction's premier historian: past, present, and alternative."
-Detroit Free Press

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