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Going For Infinity: A Literary Journey

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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 crafti
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 29th 2002 by Tor Books (first published June 2002)
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Sep 06, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
Poul Anderson is/was one of my favorite SF authors. He can really tell a tale. Frankly, I prefer his fantasy stories, but the amount of fantasy in even his "hard" SF stories makes them pretty fantastic.

This set includes many short stories or chapters extracted from books he wrote during the 50s and 60s. Some he admits he could have done better later.

But it's still great fun. Sort of an Anderson sampler.
Faith Justice
Sep 04, 2010 Faith Justice rated it really liked it
Poul Anderson has passed, but his writing lives on. This year (2003), Tor books has released Anderson's final works: "Going for Infinity" and "For Love and Glory."

"Going for Infinity: A Literary Journey" is a brilliant posthumous gift from Poul Anderson to his fans and an excellent introduction to his work for new readers. One of the best speculative fiction writers of the 20th Century, Anderson published over 100 novels and story collections, won every science fiction and fantasy award known to
Michael Halpern
Aug 04, 2016 Michael Halpern rated it liked it
Poul Anderson wrote some great books; this isn't one of them. While the stories aren't bad, they clearly aren't his best work. So, unless you are looking for complete exposure to Anderson's cannon, I suggest avoiding this one and reading some of his others.
June Seymour
Feb 14, 2014 June Seymour rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A pleasant collection of Anderson's short fiction, a journey through his history as a science fiction writer. I enjoyed it.
Josh Hamacher
Aug 12, 2013 Josh Hamacher rated it liked it
A collection of short stories, each with an introduction by Anderson. There were some strong stories here, and some duds (in my opinion, of course). Probably my biggest complaint was my inability to identify with many of the protagonists - based entirely on this collection, I'd say characterization was not Anderson's strong suit. Definitely worth a read for any science fiction fan, though.
Jan 13, 2013 Robert rated it liked it
Read this in order to complete my reading of the Time Patrol stories. Found it to be an interesting literary memoir, not too much "and then I wrote" but also not a personal story outside of his writing. Some good stories that I hadn't encountered before. (Kindle)
Sep 22, 2008 Darren rated it liked it
This is an average scifi collection of short stories. There were some that I loved and others that I decided to skill through. It's a quick way to get a taste of Anderson's writing and think about reading one of his novels.
A fairly good introduction to the author's works. Good biographical notes.
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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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