Poul Anderson

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(November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001)

Poul Anderson, a fan and a pro, was born in 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 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.

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 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 and Karen Anderson produce the No Holds Barred cocktail guide.

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."

Entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia

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