Sunday, 31 May 2015
Yamamura, Crowfeather And Van Rijn
"I would have liked to continue with [Trygve Yamamura], but was earning so much more by science fiction that it became impractical."
-Poul Anderson, Going For Infinity (New York, 2002), p. 296.
We already knew that we would have read more about Dominic Flandry's daughter, Diana Crowfeather, if Anderson had not wanted to write other kinds of sf. Now we also know that we would have read more about Yamamura if he had paid better. But, in a sense, the readers decided.
However, we got three novels and one short story about Yamamura - and I have yet to read one of those novels - whereas we got only one novel about Diana.
Anderson wrote nonstop for over fifty years, producing a monumental canon, but we still want to read more about all of these characters - in particular maybe to accompany Nicholas van Rijn on his last exploratory voyage outside known space.