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Fragile and Distant Suns: A Poul Anderson Collection Kindle Edition

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Length: 170 pages

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  • 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)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034KZ1DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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224 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Trigonier on 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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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By happycat on June 13, 2010
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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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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Rick Boatright on January 20, 2011
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 Força Porto! on July 16, 2012
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 By Lynn M. Siprelle on 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 By JohnMac59 on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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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By I am Blind Man on January 4, 2013
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Regrettably, I downloaded this book before looking at the string of reviews and comments associated with this publications. It is a pity that there is copyright infringement and that corporations like Amazon have gotten into bed with companies that promote piracy. With that said, I must admit that I enjoyed the book. I am a long time fan of Poul Andersons ‘Time Patrol’ series and his novella “High Crusades”. When I saw this book listed in Kindle format, I jumped for it. While the stories are slightly dated, they are still enjoyable to read and are interesting. I highly recommend if you can find a legitimate copy of any of these stories, download it and read it. I’m certain that you will enjoy it.

As an aside, I went looking for “Call me Joe” as another review had mentioned it, and as that reviewer stated they couldn’t find it in Kindle format. Well as I say, I went looking for it as well and had no success. There was a second hand paperback version for $32.00 but no e-copy on Amazon.
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