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Fantasy

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A collection of fantasy short stories and essays on fantasy by Poul Anderson.
Paperback, 334 pages
Published 1981 by Tor
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Matt
Feb 23, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
This is a collection of Poul Anderson's short fiction that focuses on his fantasy output. The book is divided into three sections: "Historical," "A-Historical," and "It Could Happen To You." Out of the first section the opening piece "House Rule," was truly fantastical on every front telling the story of a strange tavern that exists outside of normal time and space called the "Old Phoenix" which is populated by a host of fictional characters and historical characters, to say more would ruin the ...more
Charles
Aug 23, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
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A great collection of short fantasy stories by Poul Anderson, along with some of his essays on the fantasy field.
Bob Rust
Jul 28, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
House Rule • (1976)
The Tale of Hauk • (1977)
Of PIGS and MEN • (1972)
A Logical Conclusion • (1960)
The Valor of Cappen Varra • [Cappen Varra] • (1957)
The Gate of the Flying Knives • [Thieves' World] • (1979)
The Barbarian • (1956)
On Thud and Blunder • (1978)
Interloper • (1951)
Pact • (1959)
Superstition • (1956)
Fantasy in the Age of Science • (1981)
The Visitor • (1974)
Bullwinch's Mythology • (1981)
Afterword: An Invitation to Elfland • (1981) • essay by Sandra Miesel
Jerry
Nov 03, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it
A great collection of different kinds of fantasy, from past to future. Also a couple of interesting diversions on the nature of writing fantasy that authors will likely find interesting. Note that the final chapter about Poul Anderson includes a lot of spoilers for works not in this collection. If, like me, you are only now discovering Anderson, you’ll probably want to skip that chapter.
Peter
Nov 29, 2009 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A number of decent short fantasy stories. I especially like it for it's article "Thud and Blunder" about writing good fantasy.
Ellie
Jan 09, 2017 Ellie rated it really liked it
I really don't understand the purpose of that "WASPS are the real victims" essay (I presume it was satire, since it was in a collection entitled "Fantasy") but the rest was really very good
Ryan Buck
Nov 05, 2013 Ryan Buck rated it really liked it
A great read, especially the two essays "On Thud & Blunder" & "Fantasy in the Age of Science". Also "The Gate of Flying Knives" is pure D&D, wonderfully fun!
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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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