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Fragile and Distant Suns: A Poul Anderson Collection [Kindle Edition]

Poul Anderson
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Book Description

NOTE: This edition has a linked "Table of Contents" and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, Amazon Desktop Reader, and your ipod e-book reader.

A collection of science fiction stories written by acclaimed author Poul Anderson.

Poul Anderson is best known for sci-fi adventure stories in which larger-than-life characters succeed gleefully or fail heroically.

Anderson's also famous for writing 'Call Me Joe' (not included in this volume) which featured the premise of a paralyzed man whose mind is remotely controlling an alien body. This same theme also appears in James Cameron's 2009 movie "Avatar" – similar enough that some reviewers are calling for Anderson to receive some form of credit.

Included in this volume:
Story One: Duel on Syrtis
Bold and ruthless, he was famed throughout the System as a big-game hunter. From the firedrakes of Mercury to the ice-crawlers of Pluto, he'd slain them all. But his trophy-room lacked one item; and now Riordan swore he'd bag the forbidden game that roamed the red deserts ... a Martian!

Story Two: Security
In a world where Security is all-important, nothing can ever be secure. A mountain-climbing vacation may wind up in deep Space. Or loyalty may prove to be high treason. But it has its rewards...

Story Three: The Valor of Cappen Varra
We have said that there are many and strange shadows, memories surviving from dim pasts, in this fantastic universe of ours...

Story Four: Industrial Revolution
Ever think how deadly a thing it is if a machine has amnesia—or how easily it can be arranged…

Story Five: The Sensitive Man
One man stood between a power-hungry cabal and world mastery--but a man of unusual talents...

These are the original and unabridged versions of these classic science fiction treasures. A must-have for fans of classic sci-fi!


Product Details

  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Publisher: fallen leaves press (TM) and ignacio hills press (TM) IgnacioHillsPress.com; 1st edition (January 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034KZ1DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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221 of 225 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Request from the author's widow August 15, 2011
My livelihood depends on income from authorized editions of my husband's works. Payments for this edition go only to the person who is selling it. Please, instead, buy editions like "Call Me Joe" from Trigonier Trust (my own), or from Baen Books, Tor Books, or NESFA Press. --Karen AndersonCall Me Joe
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't even be writing this review if it hadn't been for Amazon's claim that this edition "has been beautifully formatted". Truth be told, this edition is very poorly formatted and is shoddy. Illustrations that were in the original text have been replaced with the word [Illustration], there are incorrect words used that are clearly due to text recognition errors. This is the kind of thing I expect to see from a work that has been scanned and OCR'd for free, not something I pay for at Amazon.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
This edition is a simple reprint of the Project Gutenberg text editions of these stories without further editing or formatting. That is in fact, the business model of this "publisher".

The public domain status of these works is actively contested by Poul Anderson's wife and daughter. See discussion at [...]

PG's aggressive search for copyright non-renewals in 20th century pulp fiction seems like an unfair exploitation of the Anderson estate, and I urge you not to encourage this publisher by buying their kindle edition which is free for download from the PG web site.

[[[ Note added March 26, 2012]]]
The "publisher" as added minimal "added value" to the work in the form of a hyperlinked TOC and index since my first post. This has not substantially improved the work, and the quality at this time of the overall product as well as the index and toc is poor.

For moral, ethical and quality reasons, I strongly urge you to purchase the Estates edition at Call Me Joe or visit baen's ebooks web site and purchase any of the Anderson works there which return even more money to the estate.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By FCZ
Karen Anderson's note really should say it all. While Amazon apparently doesn't want the details of the copyright dispute to be included in reviews, they can be discovered easily through Google-- query Poul Anderson, copyright dispute, and Project Gutenberg.

Simple decency says that, when an author's widow is dependent on the authorized sale of his works for her livelihood, we shouldn't be sending our money to for-profit publishers who aren't paying the family their royalties.

This isn't merely a case of disputed legal opinions regarding arcane copyright laws. This is a real flesh-and-blood human being, the woman Poul Anderson loved and to whom he was married for some 48 years, who is being damaged. The only ethical response we as readers of Anderson's work should have is to endeavor to do what we think he would have wanted regarding his work. Anderson's work is delightful and worth reading and re-reading; for that very reason, we should honor its author by purchasing authorized versions.

We always have a choice, but somehow, the enrichment of 'Ignacio Hills Press' at the expense of Karen (Kruse) Anderson doesn't seem to be a very good choice.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bootlegged August 27, 2011
These stories are in active, legal dispute as to whether they're in the public domain or not. Anderson's estate gets nothing for this book. Don't buy it, plain and simple.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, bad publishing February 3, 2012
Boycott this publisher. They are only reselling what is at best freely available already and have not added any value to it. Do not buy this version, get another from a reputable publisher.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the "Bee. . ." [Illustration] ? January 11, 2011
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Seems like the authors wanted illustrations in their works, but Amazon didn't else, why the place holder?
Oh, only $0.99 for the work? But the Kindle cost much more and it shows illustrations very well, so. . . Why?

Will they show up in the more expensive books?

Why not?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very clever and interesting classic sci-fi June 6, 2014
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Fun collection of old fashioned sci-fi stories. These stories are from the "golden era" of science fiction, and it is fascinating to read about the future and compare to what our lives are like today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Poul Anderson shines, as usual
Published 11 days ago by Robert Broene
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stories.
I love just about anything Paul Anderson wrote. This collection was no exception. Excellent stories.
Published 1 month ago by S.F. Reader
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 2 months ago by Jerrold Wharton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 3 months ago by Johnny L Gilbett
5.0 out of 5 stars good writing, from long ago!
good writing, from long ago! He was in his heyday when I discovered science fiction. A true classic author was Poul Anderson.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading
An excellent collection of stories that had me hooked from the beginning. Would have loved more, could have easily read these as complete novels.
Published 11 months ago by boofhd
5.0 out of 5 stars Several excellent stories that are possible in the future if the...
Whatever you want the future to bring, the most unlikely things will be the most likely to happen. We are so used to the normal way that things happen, that we are totally... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bruce G
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited, minor stories
These are the stories that have fallen out of copyright and are not his best work.

They are available for free at Gutenberg but this is handy as one download of 5... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gary Denton
4.0 out of 5 stars I've read a few Anderson stories.
The collection revealed what an intricate mind he has. I really enjoyed this collection and it's various twists of the human mind.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Poul writes is gold!
One of the greatest speculative fiction writers of our time, what more can you say? Just sorry these weren't full length books, every one!
Published 17 months ago by scott soulia
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