Poul Anderson

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(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 received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948 and married Karen Kruse in 1953. They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to Greg Bear.

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 GoH at Detention, 1959 Worldcon. The April, 1971 issue of F&SF was a special Poul Anderson issue.

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:

Person Reasonator Search 19262001
Also involved with: 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 - Bay Area - Baycon - Brian Bond - Bruce Pelz - Cal Tech Conference - Cepheid Variable - DeepSouthCon 12 - Diversifier - Edward L. Ferman - Fantasiae - Fellowship of the Silver Stallion - FilKONtario 13 - Gnome Press - Gordon R. Dickson - John L. Gergen - Karen Kruse Anderson - Manse Brackney - Minicon 10 - Minneapolis - Nebula Awards - New Frontiers - Octocon 1 - Other Change of Hobbit - Pegasus Award - Phil Bronson - Philcon 2000
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