Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Structures Of Flandry And Okies

Original Series
Flandry: seven stories, collected in two volumes.
Okies: four stories, collected in one volume; Okie civilisation ends in the third so the fourth is an aftermath.

Works Written Later But Set Earlier
Flandry: three "Young Flandry" novels.
Okies: one prequel and one juvenile novel.

Works Set Later
Flandry: two later Flandry novels; one novel about his daughter; four works set after the Empire = one novel + one collection(?)
Okies: one novel about the end of the universe.

Related Works
Flandry: the earlier Technic History.
Okies: other series with related ideas.

Qualitatively though not quantitatively comparable.


  1. Hi, Paul!

    I think it's interesting to vary the topics discussed in this blog with comments about other authors alongside Poul Anderson. It makes for greater variety and helps to contrast and sharpen commentary on Anderson's works.

    You've occasionally commented about Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and James Blish in this blog. But what do you think of Alfred Bester's THE STARS MY DESTINATION and THE DEMOLISHED MAN? He too touched on very "Andersonian" ideas or themes.

    And works by later authors such as S.M. Stirling also comes to mind. In fact, Stirling has occasionally added some homages to Anderson in some of his works. Such as having an Ensign DOMINIQUE Flandry in one of his "Change" books.


  2. Hi. I am concentrating on Blish right now, as you might see on that blog. It is a long time since I read Bester and I have not read Stirling but would welcome comparisons made by anyone who has?

  3. Hi, Paul!

    I really should reread Blish's "Cities in Flight" books. I'm currently reading Tim Powers new novel HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES and Hammond and Scull's book annotating THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Once I finish either of these I'll feel ready to read NESFA Press' Anderson collection DOOR TO ANYWHERE.

    Stirling started writing SF about 30 years ago, so he's not that NEW a writer. I like most of what I read of his stuff. If you are interested, I suggest one or two of his non series, stand alone books. Such as CONQUISTADOR or THE PESHAWAR LANCERS. Give you an idea of how he thought and wrote without feeling compelled to read an entire series.


  4. To all pageviewers (do people read comments?): Thank you for 60 pageviews by 2:00 pm today. I am having a break from posting about Poul Anderson partly because I am preparing for a trip to visit family and partly because I have flipped over to blogging about James Blish. See James Blish Appreciation. The changeover point was rereading Anderson's "Call Me Joe" followed by Blish's similar Jovian exploration story, "Bridge", incorporated into THEY SHALL HAVE STARS as the "Jupiter V" chapters. Spot the similarities. Although Blish's output was much smaller than Anderson's, his works are equally worthy of attention so I hope that Anderson fans can also become Blish fans?

  5. Hi, Paul!

    If you are busy or have to go on family trips, by all means go ahead. Your blogs can wait! (Smiles)

    I would not exactly call myself a Blish fan, altho I did enjoy his A CASE OF CONSCIENCE (besides also having the other two "After Such Knowledge" books. And I do have the SFBC omnibus edition of his "Cities in Flight" books. Never read, alas, Blish's THEY SHALL HAVE STARS collection. I did read his "Surface Tension" in a different collection.

    But I will look up your James Blish blog!