Friday, 3 October 2014

Some English History

Rereading Poul Anderson's works has slowed down because I have:

worked my way through most of the Technic History;
been reading Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise for the first time;
begun rereading Bryan Talbot's Alice In Sunderland.

Since I have met Bryan Talbot a few times and saw Poul Anderson at a couple of World SF Cons, that leaves Peter O'Donnell as the only one of these three writers with whom I have had no personal or visual contact.

Talbot's Alice... summarizes a lot of English history and thus covers some familiar Andersonian territory. Talbot mentions Romans, Vikings and Normans but, so far, has skipped over Harald Hardrada. He reminds us that it was the Venerable Bede, the father of English history, who invented the BC/AD calender.

Does anyone out there know which Poul Anderson book this cover illustration is for?

6 comments:

  1. I am starting to be incapacitated with toothache...

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    1. Hi, Paul!

      I'm sorry about your toothache! See a dentist fast!

      One small correction, it wasn't St. Bede who invented our BC/AD dating system. Rather, it was Denis the Short, living around AD 550, who first worked out that system. What Bede did was to POPULARIZE the era dating system we use now.

      As for the book cover, maybe it's for a French edition of a collection of Poul Anderson's short stories?

      Sean

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  2. Sean,
    Booked with dentist early next week!
    I think Talbot says Bede invented BC/AD but I'll check. (Doesn't mean he's right, of course.)
    Paul.

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  3. Hello, friends,
    Re the book cover: this a "best of" collection I edited for French publisher "Le Bélial" in 2010. I revised and restored all the translations (one of them was so cut I had to rewrite it from scratch).
    Contents: "Sam Hall", "Call Me Joe", "The Longest Voyage", "No Truce With Kings", "The Sharing of Flesh", "The Fatal Fulfillment", "The Queen of Air and Darkness", "Goat Song" and "The Saturn Game".
    Cover artwork by Philippe Caza.
    Best,
    Jean-Daniel Brèque

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  4. By the way, you'll find some French covers here:
    http://www.noosfere.com/icarus/livres/auteur.asp?numauteur=249&Niveau=illus
    Jean-Daniel

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  5. Jean-Daniel,
    Thank you very much!
    Paul.

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