Friday, 7 September 2012

The Wealth Of Anderson's Works

The more we reread of Poul Anderson's texts, the more there is to be found in them. So far, these posts about the "Old Phoenix Sequence" have covered:

the nature of Hell in Operation Chaos;
clever implications of fantasy premises in Operation Chaos;
scientific rationales for fantasy ideas in Three Hearts And Three Lions;
the use of language and Shakespearean allusions in A Midsummer Tempest;
an ingenious sequel to The Tempest;
the physical environment of the Old Phoenix;
contrasts between the Time Patrol series and the Old Phoenix;
Valeria Matuchek's life and career;
Nicholas van Rijn's antics in the old Phoenix;
the basic conflicts underlying Three Hearts And Three Lions and A Midsummer Tempest;
the issue of religious intolerance as shown in A Midsummer Tempest;
the political demands of the Johannines;
connections with Robert Heinlein, James Blish and Neil Gaiman;
the plausibility or otherwise of different imagined alternative histories;
clever uses of real history as shown by the inclusion of d'Artagnan;
literary references to Oscar Wilde and The Wind In The Willows.

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