As we move into the second month of 2014, it’s time for the Author of the Month spotlight to return and we begin proceedings with the SFWA Grand Master, winner of seven Hugo Awards and three Nebulas – and father-in-law of Greg Bear – Poul Anderson.
Like previous Authors of the Month, Sheri S. Tepper, Gordon R. Dickson and Jack Vance, Poul Anderson was equally at home with either SF or Fantasy. Although much of his work falls unambiguously into the science fiction category – including major works, the Flandry and Psychotechnic League series – he received a World Fantasy Award nomination for A Midsummer Tempest and won the British Fantasy Award, for Hrolf Kraki’s Saga.
It is one of the oddities of the award process that his major works of fantasy were not recognised with wins or nominations by the various Fantasy Awards. SF-Fantasy fusion The High Crusade was shortlisted for the 1961 Hugo Award, but the seminal Norse fantasy The Broken Sword – hailed by no less than Michael Moorcock as one of the finest fantasies ever written – has troubled neither juries nor voters. It was, however, selected for inclusion in David Pringle‘s important Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels and will be published in Gollancz’s re-launched Fantasy Masterworks series late in the year.
There are currently seventy-eight titles by Poul Anderson available as SF Gateway eBooks and, for this month only, every individual title will be available at a discounted price!
We hope that this special pricing will persuade readers unfamiliar with Poul Anderson ‘s work to give him a try (see his SF Gateway author page for recommended titles to start with) and persuade those who already count themselves fans to try some of his less well-known titles.
Please note that we only have influence over UK pricing. This promotion may be taken up by our colleagues in other markets, but that is at the discretion of the local distributor.