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For Love and Glory

2.96  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
From the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning Grandmaster, a new novel of classic science fiction adventure

Mystery, discovery, and wonder on a cosmic scale are the core of Anderson's latest novel. Lissa, a human Earth woman, and her partner, "Karl," a giant alien academic who resembles Tyrannosaurs—are interstellar archaeologists investigating the remote and uncharted pl
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mary JL
Jul 19, 2012 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Sf fan
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Poul Anderson, winner of seven Hugo Awards and SF's Grandmaster Award, does not disappoint in the well crafted novel.

Set in the far future, where Earth is one of many worlds, it follows the career of Lissa Davysdaughter Windholm. She is human, but a native of the colony world Asborg.

After leaving the planet Jonna (see synopsis above) she is contacted by an alien Susaian. He has information about a scientific rarity that he is willing to sell to House Windholm--for a price. so Lissa's second expe
Lis Carey
Jan 12, 2011 Lis Carey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
This book is a fix-up, built around two stories originally written for the Isaac's Universe project, substantially modified and with new materal written to expand it out to novel length. Unfortunately, while each piece of it is a pleasant enough read, the overall effect is choppily episodic, the parts not complete enough to stand as separate stories, and not blended together sufficiently to make a satisfactory novel.

The background is a loose, multi-species civilization occupying mostly the near
The Brain in the Jar
Some think fun adventures and depth don’t go together. That’s a silly thing to think. Nothing in the adventure structure prevents it from showing us new ideas and make us look at the world in a different way. Adventures are, after all, tend to be an intense series of events that highly influence the character. This novel is a good enough example of such an adventure, but it’s the only good thing about it.

Anderson has some interesting ideas. His Created World feels like something that needs more
This book has as many problems as it has ideas that are clever and original. OK, I lied. There are way more problems than redeeming ideas. The characters are terrible. Lissa is boring, despite being constantly “thrilled” by things. She just moves with the story and doesn’t seem to do anything to further it. Hebo has slightly more depth but just when you start to like him, he turns just as boring as Lissa. And all that bullshit about human and alien species being “unable” to connect on a personal ...more
Faith Justice
Sep 04, 2010 Faith Justice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who crave one last novel from Anderson, Tor has produced For Love and Glory. This book is a prime example of Anderson's ability to tell a tale with depth and integrity. In the far future, the adventurous have left Earth and the last inhabitants turn increasingly to a machine-maintained mental community. Far-flung human colonies build homogenous and increasingly divergent societies. Lissa Davysdaughter Windholm, from a ruling merchant house on the planet of Asborg, meets "freelancer" To ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Gaurav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, science
This is clearly a set of two stories that were combined after Anderson's death into one (supposed) novel. I am not too sure of whether the second story was indeed completed by Anderson himself, since the thought process of Earth being involved with the Forerunners is only starting to be developed.

Also, it is ridiculous to close the story by ramming two spaceships, with the heroes' spaceship surviving unscathed.

Either ways, this is an average novel at best. Nothing sparks through as brilliant.
Sep 03, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
I'm always trying to find that great sci-fi book, such as Rendevous with Rama. This one isn't great but isn't bad either and was my first by Poul Anderson, now deceased. He was a good writer with well thought out ideas. I've downloaded and read some of his short stories and they're okay. This one is enjoyable if you like stories involving space travel, alien interaction, archeology involving advanced technologies, yadda, yadda. Good old fashioned space opera.
Apr 02, 2016 Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very adventurous book that goes from planet to planet. This book takes place in the future and earth is just one of the many planets that is in our galaxy that has been discovered. there is even different races of people and there planets too. This book in my opinion is really enjoyable if you like science fiction and tales of space adventure.
Ruby Hollyberry
Terrible sexist soap-opera garbage. If it was the first sci fi novel I'd read, I might have stopped there!
Kae Cheatham
Lots of hard SF with a bit of human insight thrown in. I like Anderson’s word usage. This story however seemed thrown together.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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