Poul Anderson was one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century science fiction. Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1997, he produced an enormous body of standalone novels and series fiction and was equally at home in the fields of heroic fantasy and hard SF. He was a meticulous craftsman and a gifted storyteller, and the impact of his finest work continues, undiminished, to this day.
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds is a rousing, all-original anthology that stands both as a significant achievement in its own right and as a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable writer—and equally remarkable man. A nicely balanced mixture of fiction and reminiscence, Multiverse contains more than a dozen stories and novellas by some of today's finest writers, along with moving reflections by, among others, Anderson's wife, Karen; his daughter, Astrid Anderson Bear; and his son-in-law, novelist and coeditor Greg Bear. Bear's introduction, "My Friend Poul," is particularly illuminating and insightful.
The fictional contributions comprise a kaleidoscopic array of imaginative responses to Anderson's many and varied fictional worlds. A few of the highlights include Nancy Kress' "Outmoded Things" and Terry Brooks' "The Fey of Cloudmoor," stories inspired by the Hugo Award–winning "The Queen of Air and Darkness"; a pair of truly wonderful Time Patrol stories, "A Slip in Time" by S. M. Stirling and "Christmas in Gondwanaland" by Robert Silverberg; Raymond E. Feist's Dominic Flandry adventure, "A Candle"; and a pair of very different homages to the classic fantasy novel, Three Hearts and Three Lions: "The Man Who Came Late" by Harry Turtledove and "Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science)" by Tad Williams. These stories, together with singular contributions by such significant figures as Larry Niven, Gregory Benford, and Eric Flint, add up to a memorable, highly personal anthology that lives up to the standards set by the late—and indisputably great—Poul Anderson.
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“Editors Dozois and Bear present seventeen heartfelt tributes to
Anderson, including biographical observations, by friends and family, and
fiction by respected longtime writers.”
About Greg Bear
Greg Bear is an American
author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and
horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic
conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and
accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo
Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an
illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for
the San Diego Union. He is a founding
member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego
Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction
Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army,
the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and
criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.
About the Narrators
Jim Manchester is a retired English and theater teacher in Rhode Island. He has directed and acted in many theatrical productions over the years and has done voice-over work in the Providence area. Jim resides in the lovely seaport town of Bristol, Rhode Island.
Charlotte Anne Dore is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. She works in theater and film around New England. She played Elizabeth Hopkins in The American Experience and was a gorilla puppeteer in Zookeeper. She runs the award-winning Rosalita’s Puppets. As a storyteller, she has worked for Ghost and Gravestones ghost tour and Read Boston, a summer reading program.
Susan Boyce is the award-winning narrator of over 140 audiobooks. She performs in variety theater, is one half of the song-and-dance team of Jones & Boyce, and holds a degree in theater and biology. She can be heard in phone trees, in computer games, and as the voice of the pink “Care Bear.” She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, and summers in Greenville, Maine.
Rebecca Mitchell is a performance artist and classically trained vocalist, as well as a professional host, emcee, and personality. Her natural flair for the dramatic, coupled with her love of being in the studio, brought her to the world of narrating in 2013.
Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep and has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can’t Take It with You.
Rachel Dulude is a costume technician at Trinity Rep. She earned a BA from Plymouth State University in acting. Rachel has performed in productions with the Wilbury Group and at Barker Playhouse in Providence and in the US premiere of Anne Boleyn at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She is a member of Providence’s Improv Jones.
Barry Press has been an active professional actor, director, and teacher for over thirty-five years. He has performed off Broadway and at numerous regional theaters from Alaska to Florida. He is founder and artistic director of Living Literature, a Rhode Island–based literacy program.