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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Koskinen had returned to earth with a strange new "Shield" - a device which enclosed the wearer in a force shield which absorbed all energies below a certain level. Light could come through the Shield, but no weapon known to man could penetrate it Koskinen had developed the Shield in collaboration with the Martians. From the moment of his return to earth he was in deadly d ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1978 by Universal-Tandem Publishing Co. Ltd (first published January 1st 1963)
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Sep 20, 2014 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poul Anderson, the consummate science fiction “idea man” came up with quite a few great ideas and then built stories around them. Some were OK, many were much better than OK, and only a few were not so good.

In 1963, Anderson released Shield, which most definitely fits into the “much better than OK” category. Peter Koskinen returns to Earth after an extended scientific stay on Mars. Like Heinlein and Bradbury, the Martians from Shield are an ancient and technologically advanced race, but whose sc
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Feb 27, 2012 Simon Hedge rated it liked it
Pete Koskinen returns to Earth from the first long-term expedition to Mars, where he communed with the martians and created a portable invulnerability shield. Now forces are out to get him, and the secret of the shield! Yup, it's mostly just pulpy old-school nonsense. A few chases, a few fights and a bit of romance. Scratch beneath the surface though, and there is some good work here. Anderson does some very nice world-building, believably positing a United States of America that has taken on th ...more
May 30, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, liberty, 1960s
Minor spoilers ahead: This is a prime example of what I mean when I say that Libertarianism will probably occur as a result of some technological breakthrough rather than as a result of activism or political action. I was pretty impressed with the overall pacing, story, hard scifi tech elements, and short philosophical diatribes. The female character is also pretty damn good for a scifi book. Will read more of Anderson as a result of this book.
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Jul 29, 2012 Jim Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-again
If you read science fiction, drop what your reading and find this book.
If you read history or political science, drop what your reading and find this book.

It is amazing how close Anderson nailed our political climate today in a book written in 1955. The only real problem is that, we don't have the shield.
Apr 26, 2016 Nawfal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you combine "The Fugitive" with political/sociology wrangling, this novel is precisely what you get.

Most readers are going to be minimally surprised and confused by the enigma that is the female character (Vivienne). She is very much unexpected; I'm not saying I think she is super, but only that readers will be surprised by her.

The technology that provides the focal point for the plot is in a way simplistic and yet developed enough to provide enough meat for the whole storyline. The assistanc
Mina Kelly
Aug 03, 2010 Mina Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed with this book. It has everything in perfect measure - action, politics, romance, science - and the characterisation is superb. An intelligent, strong-willed, motivated woman who isn't an emotional deadzone? Written in the 60s? (it's more likely than you think!). Characters had their own motivations and goals that intersected, and I would love to read about some of the others that crossed paths with the protagonists - the Polish insurrectionist, the crime boss, the martian ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but dated, and kind of short. Given that it was written in the mid-60s, it has held up remarkably well. There were a couple sections with intricate political discussions that seemed excessive, although they were certainly well thought out.
Ann Thomas
Jul 14, 2016 Ann Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an old book, but a good one. New technology is brought back from Mars, rather naively, because everyone wants it for their own ends. The way the situation is resolved is good, but I won't give it away. Good characters, good plot, really enjoyable.
May 06, 2012 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Bit dated in setting but novel idea
Jan 15, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, scifi-fantasy
Grade B. Also read 1983, grade A.
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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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