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The winter of the world Hardcover – 1975

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"Poul Anderson is science fiction's premier historian, past, present, and alternative."--The Detroit News
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About the Author

The bestselling author of such classic novels as Brain Wave and The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson won just about every award the science fiction and fantasy field has to offer. He has won multiple Hugos and Nebulas, the John W. Campbell Award, The Locus Poll Award, the Skylark Award, and the SFWA Grandmaster Award for Lifetime Achievement. His recent books include Harvest of Stars, The Stars are also On Fire, Operation Chaos, Operation Luna, Genesis, Mother of Kings, and Going for Infinity, a collection and retrospective of his life's work. Poul Anderson lived in Orinda, California where he passed away in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; [Book club ed.] edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 129941673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1299416734
  • ASIN: B0006W8ZMM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,624,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of Anderson's better novels. Set on Earth several thousand years in the future during a glacial period, The Winter of the World uses a relatively conventional adventure story to present a clever idea about human evolution. The clever idea is the development of a new hominid species. Anderson suggests a mechanism of geographic isolation of a small population followed by intense selection to produce a new species. This is a straightforward extension of Mayr's allopatric model of speciation, now accepted as the predominant mode of speciation. Much of the book is devoted to describing the nature of these new hominids. The behavior of these alternative hominids is that of a romanticized and modernized noble savage. The plot is clunky; Anderson had some difficulties in melding his adventure story with the revelation that principal characters are a different kind of hominid. The quality of writing, like much of Anderson's work, is competent rather than good. There is a substantial element of wish fulfillment in this book. Anderson was a politically conservative individual with a pronounced libertarian bent. At the same time, he had strong reservations about the nature of capitalism. Many of his books present a longing for an 'organic society' based on strong individualism but with society based on strong personal ties and respect for the natural world. In this book, he achieves his wish by altering human biology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bordeaux Dogue on June 29, 2013
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And this novel is one example more of the brilliancy of his mind and the flow of ideas and concepts he put to paer decades ago.

This novel is brilliant. The theme is not new, nowadays - and i sense where a lot of today's great writers embibed their milk - but written with Poul Andersson's sensititvity and craftmanship it remains beautyfull and fresh.

A great read!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's the future, some future far beyond memory, where today's cities have vanished. War? Climate? Regardless, the outcome was catastrophic. The "oil age" is gone. What has evolved from the ashes of humanity's fires is a new society, and more than one.

Poul Anderson, in The Winter Of The World, develops this new age, and focuses on the continuing need for empires to expand. It would certainly be a different book if written today, but Anderson continues to bring his inner eye to envision alternative futures.
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