Monday, 13 July 2015

Heinlein, Anderson And Stirling

SM Stirling is a worthy successor of Poul Anderson who was a major successor of Robert Heinlein. Their highlights include:

The Future History
time travel (future circular causality)
juvenile sf (14 novels)
magic as technology (one novel)

eight future histories
time travel (past and future circular causality and causality violation)
juvenile sf (a few short stories) (BUT see Comments)
magic as technology (a series)
alternative histories (interconnected stories and novels)
historical fiction and other genres

alternative histories (many novels and series)
time travel (a contribution to Anderson's Time Patrol series)

Military or militaristic sf is one common theme.
Heinlein and Anderson were generalists whereas Stirling so far is a specialist.
Heinlein declined; Anderson did not; Stirling hopefully will not.
What theme can follow past, future and alternative history?


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I'm in haste, so this will have to be too brief. Welcome back from your trip!

    I would suggest, that at least in part, Anderson and Dickson intended their Hoka novel STAR PRINCE CHARLIE to also be a juvenile.

    And some of Heinlein's best novels were his juveniles. Altho I also like "adult" SF such as his DOUBLE STAR and FIFTH COLUMN.

    And I certainly hope Stirling's writing does not decline in quality! Unlike, alas, the later works of Heinlein.


  2. Kaor, Paul!

    I forgot to add to my previous comment that Poul Anderson did write a juvenile novel, this time as sole author, VAULT OF THE AGES. And THE FOX, THE DOG, AND THE GRIFFIN was written for children. Altho I'm a bit confused about the EXACT authorship of the latter work. The title page says THE FOX, THE DOG, AND THE GRIFFIN was "A folk tale adapted from the Danish of C. Molbech by POUL ANDERSON."


    1. Kaor, Paul!

      And one of Poul Anderson's all too few non fictional works was also meant for juveniles: THE INFINITE VOYAGE (Collier-Crowell, 1969). Also good for adults wanting to learn some basic astronomy and science.

      And thanks for the nice allusion to my comments in your blog piece!