(November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001)
Poul Anderson, a fan and a pro, was born Pennsylvania of Scandinavian parents. He grew up in Denmark, but returned to the US at the start of WWII. He began his writing career in the late 40s and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson wrote sf, fantasy, historical novels, mysteries, and many short stories. He won seven Hugos and three Nebulas. While most of his writing was under his own name, he also wrote as Winston P. Sanders', Michael Karageorge, and A. A. Craig (for just one story, "Witch of the Demon Seas", in the early 50s).
He was president of SFWA, a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America, the Hyborian Legion, the old MFS and the Little Men. He was founder of the Alforbundet, one of the lyricists of "Bouncing Potatoes", a frequent contributor to fanzines, especially Amra, an active member of the committee for SFCon, a Baker Street Irregular, a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (where he was known as Sir Bela of Eastmarch). With L. Sprague de Camp, he translated the minutes from the Pittcon WSFS Business Meeting in 1960 to an alternate English (see the meeting minutes from Amra).
He wrote a single issue fanzine Smorgasbord.
He was nominated for and won an astonishing number of Hugo Awards for his fiction, and many other awards as well. In a 1985 interview, SF author Chad Oliver, discussing other writers, said: "The guy that amazes me is Poul Anderson. He is so prolific, and the quality is so high, and he has been doing it for so long. Amazing."
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1959 -- Detention
- 1968 -- Forry Award
- 1970 -- Minicon 3
- 1971 -- DeepSouthCon 9
- 1972 -- Mythcon III
- 1972-1973 -- President of SFWA
- 1973 -- Balticon 7
- 1974 -- MileHiCon 6
- 1976 -- Boskone 13, Rivercon II, Sampo Award
- 1977 -- Minicon 12, ConFusion 14, Octocon 1
- 1978 -- Westercone, LepreCon 4, Gandalf Award
- 1979 -- Balticon 13, Norcon 3, Scancon '79
- 1980 -- AggieCon XI
- 1981 -- ConQuesT 2
- 1982 -- Loscon 9, ICON 7, Skylark Award
- 1983 -- X-Con 7, Roc*Kon 8, Outre-vention
- 1984 -- ConClave X, Earthcon 4, Omacon 4
- 1985 -- Con-Version II
- 1987 -- Xanadu IV
- 1988 -- Tropicon VII, I-Con VII
- 1989 -- Life, the Universe, & Everything 7, Philcon 89
- 1990 -- Minnesota Fantasy Award
- 1881 -- Cracon
- 1992 -- Norwescon XV
- 1993 -- 1993 World Fantasy Convention, Silvercon 2, SFRA Conference
- 1995 -- MileHiCon 27, WindyCon XXII, Lunacon 38
- 1997 -- ConClave XXII, MosCon XIX
- 1998 -- SFWA Grand Master Award
- 2000 -- CopperCon 20, Baycon 2000, SF Hall of Fame
- 2001 -- Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement
- 2003 -- Filk Hall of Fame
- Numerous Hugo Nominations and Awards
Also involved: - 1951 Best Novelette Retro Hugo - 1954 Best Novelette Retro Hugo - 1954 Best Novella Retro Hugo - 1959 Best Novel Hugo - 1961 Best Novel Hugo - 1961 Best Short Fiction Hugo - 1964 Best Short Fiction Hugo - 1966 Best Short Fiction Hugo - 1969 Best Novelette Hugo - 1971 Best Novel Hugo - 1972 Best Novella Hugo - 1973 Best Novel Hugo - 1973 Best Novelette Hugo - 1974 Best Novel Hugo - 1975 Best Novel Hugo - 1977 SF, Horror and Fantasy World Exposition - 1979 Best Novelette Hugo - 1982 Best Novella Hugo - 1990 Best Novel Hugo - 1996 Best Original Artwork Hugo - Alicia Austin - Anne Passovoy - Arcana 20 - Astrid Bear - Baycon (Worldcon) - Brian Bond - Bruce Pelz - Cal Tech Conference - Cepheid Variable - DeepSouthCon 12 - Diversifier - Dynamic Science Fiction - Earthcon IV - Edward L. Ferman - Equicon '75 - Fantasiae - Fellowship of the Silver Stallion - FilKONtario 13 - Gnome Press - Gordon R. Dickson - John L. Gergen - Karen Kruse Anderson - Manse Brackney - Marcon 36 - Minicon 10 - Nebula Awards - New Frontiers - New Libertarian Notes - Norcon III - Octocon 1 - Other Change of Hobbit - Pegasus Award - Phil Bronson - Philcon 2000 - Rick Katze - Roger Elwood - Sandra Miesel - Sir Bela of Eastmarch - Space Science Fiction - Super Science Stories - Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America - The Collector's Poul Anderson - The No Holds Barred Guide - Theodore R. Cogswell - Trumpet - Vorpal Glass - Westercon 19 - Who Killed Science Fiction?
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Also- 1951 Best Novelette Retro Hugo - 1954 Best Novelette Retro Hugo - 1954 Best Novella Retro Hugo - 1959 Best Novel Hugo - 1961 Best Novel Hugo - 1961 Best Short Fiction Hugo - 1964 Best Short Fiction Hugo - 1966 Best Short Fiction Hugo - 1969 Best Novelette Hugo - 1971 Best Novel Hugo - 1972 Best Novella Hugo - 1973 Best Novel Hugo - 1973 Best Novelette Hugo - 1974 Best Novel Hugo - 1975 Best Novel Hugo - 1979 Best Novelette Hugo - 1982 Best Novella Hugo - 1990 Best Novel Hugo - 1996 Best Original Artwork Hugo Also- Nebula Awards - Pegasus Award