(November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001)
He began his writing career in the late 1940s 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.
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."
While most of his writing was under his own name, he also wrote as Michael Karageorge, A. A. Craig (for just one story, "Witch of the Demon Seas", in the early 50s), and Winston P. Sanders, the last for some short SF from the late ’50s to the late ’60s, mostly in ASF when he sometimes had more than one story per issue. He selected it because it was on the sign under which Winnie the Pooh lived. Oddly, it was also an anagram of "P. Anderson's twin."
He belonged to the Hyborian Legion, the old MFS and the Little Men. He was founder of the Alforbundet, 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).
Anderson played an important role in early filk music, especially in establishing the use of the term. His "Barbarous Allen," which appeared in the Winter 1953 issue of The Zed, was subtitled "A Filk Song." This is the earliest known intentional use in print of the term filk.
"Mary O'Meara," another song written by Anderson, was originally published in his 1967 novel World without Stars. Closely modeled after the Danish song "Anna Lovinda," it presents the tribute of a principal character to his late beloved. She had died shortly before treatments granting extreme longevity became widely available.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1959 -- Detention
- 1968 -- Forry Award
- 1970 -- Minicon 3
- 1971 -- DeepSouthCon 9, the April issue of F&SF was a special Poul Anderson issue
- 1972 -- Mythcon III
- 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 7 Awards
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