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Call Me Joe [Kindle Edition]

Poul Anderson , Kelly Freas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A classic Campbell-edited novelette from the Fifties, with the original cover and all four interior drawings by Kelly Freas. “Call Me Joe” is Poul Anderson at his best, with the planetary science working neatly in the background to support a gripping human story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trigonier Trust (August 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H7LJJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A missing work from the Master August 13, 2011
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Poul Anderson was one of the greats of the golden age of Science Fiction. "Call Me Joe" is a short story published in the late 1950's in one of the popular science fiction magazines of the time, where I first read it (I think it was Astounding, but I'm not sure). The basic premise is a scientific mission to Jupiter creates a life form that can survive on the Jovian "surface", remote controlled from a moon station. The controlling scientist is a handicapped man who feels the power of the whole, vibrant creature that he controls. Is this beginning to sound familiar? Did James Cameron read this story and let it percolate for 60 years?

As always, Poul Anderson's prose is a joy to read, and the ending, while not a complete surprise, is very satisfying. Read it to see where "Avatar" came from. And for the pleasure of tasting the Master's work.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book I'm glad to have found August 15, 2011
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The charm of an antique is brief if you really plan to use it, not just stack it in a corner for the atmosphere it provides. Reading a book from our youth can be like that. We skip to remembered scenes, chuckle at our youthful taste, and then lay down the book. Maybe we choose a shelf where the eye will touch on it occasionally to reawaken those fond memories, but we don't use an antique stove to cook dinner and we don't get the pleasure of a real read from an antique story. Only the best writers manage to transcend generations and give pleasure to those in a later time. Poul Anderson is clearly one of those and I'm going to look for more of his works as they become available.

"Call me Joe" does not depend on nostalgia, and I'd enjoy if I stumbled across it tomorrow morning without knowing it came from my own youth. This is a tale worth reading even if you never heard of the author or artist. Anderson's prose is evocative, and even to a scientist/engineer like myself, I found surprisingly little to complain of in the underlying science even though it has to be at least forty years since this was written. Perhaps fifty or more.

This story does not hinge on obscure technical notions and even "the K tube" that arises in an early paragraph is still plausible for such a purpose all these decades later. In designing the widget in question, a tube would not be my first choice with modern semiconductor technology, but it's easy to presume that problems arose in that unique application that required a vacuum tube just as we still have need for them in selected designs of the 21st century. Anderson himself was a physicist or engineer (memory fails) and he deftly avoids letting his novel be mired in such trivia.

Good story. Enjoyed reading it again and it's well worth the download.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs proofreading October 5, 2011
NESFA Press is doing the SF community a tremendous service by producing books like these, making classic stories by important SF authors like Anderson more accessible. I encourage anybody who cares about the history of SF or enjoys classic SF to buy this book and other NESFA books. NESFA's work deserves to be rewarded and encouraged.

That said, Call Me Joe contains many many errors that proofreaders should have spotted, like extra periods in the middle of sentences and missing quotation marks. The Editor's Introduction on page 6 has at least two errors; an errant period in the 6th line and a word in the 16th line that should be pluralized. Very irritating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I have the opportunity re-read this! August 31, 2011
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Although this story is some ten years older than I am, I was very fortunate that my high school had bound copies of Analog / Amazing Stories going back to the 1940's. And I read them all. This is one story that stuck with me all these years later, I look forward to re-reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars yes, proofreading DESPERATELY needed! April 18, 2012
I have mentioned this in the case of one other NESFA book here -- the NESFA series could be such a joy to own if the books were professionally produced. Unfortunately, they're not, and you have to wonder if they're not embarrassed asking $30 for books that look like they were proofread by a high school journalism class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Eclectic Collection of Anderson's Short Works October 22, 2014
This is a highly eclectic grab-bag of Anderson's short fiction and is not presented in chronological order. It is part of a series which presumably will ultimately include all of his short fiction. The quality of the stories and the extent to which they have managed to surmount the era in which they were written is highly variable. The stories which, for me, were the liveliest and have stood the test of time are Anderson's lightly humorous tales. His more dramatic and ironic works, such as Call Me Joe, feel quite dated, especially in tone, nowadays. Nonetheless, this is definitely a series which is worth a read. As a plus for the bibliophile, the book is beautifully bound in high quality cloth and printed on high quality acid-free paper stock. A real collector's volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but still a great story March 13, 2014
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I am only just now reading the stories of Poul Anderson, having been an avid fan of sci-fi for many years. This story is beautiful speculation by Anderson, limited only by the then current leading edge of psychology, astrophysics, and engineering of the time when it was written. It is a very positive pondering regarding man's exploration of outer space and the inner psyche, well worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A person'f needs. November 17, 2013
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I enjoyed the intrigue of the story and the power struggle between the two men. One enjoying the life of mobility and freedom, while the other sought dominance over the wants of the other.

It does have all that made the golden days great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Avatar
He is the very first story about the human/alien bond. He is way before Avatar and is very interesting in his approach. Strongly recommend this one. Read it as a kid; loved it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jan and Me
1.0 out of 5 stars The "Kindle edition" is NOT the NESFA collection!
There are two works with the same title being listed on the same page; they are not the same thing. One is a massive collection of Poul Anderson's early work, the first of five... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars I think
I think I know now where the inspiration for Avatar was found. This a short read, but enjoyable if you love science fiction as much as I do.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Looks like where Avatar got the idea.
Published 5 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you see 5 stars I liked the book if you see less then I liked it less.
Published 8 months ago by Jerrold Wharton
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
decent read,
Published 9 months ago by ron344
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A strong illustration of life forms evolving to suit environment.
Published 10 months ago by R L Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Examination of Two Lives
Anderson covered so many subjects- this does remind one of 'Avatar', but with flavor of SciFy's past. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Anderson has always been five stars
His best work? Well, it has to rate very high. I've been a Poul Anderson fan for many years. I don't know offhand how many books of his I have, but it's quite a lot. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bob Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars CALL Me Joe
I ENJOYED THE STORY QUITE A BIT. I would have enjoyed reading more about the development of the Jovians. I can easily see how this could be developed into the Avatar storyline.
Published 18 months ago by Bryson
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