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.