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Topic: Call Me Joe

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 02/18/2009

Dear Mr. Bear. I've been wanting to offer you a few comments about the wondeful collection of your late father in law Poul Anderson titled CALL ME JOE. To which you added an interesting preface.

My reading of this collection has forcefully brought home to me how and why PA's works gave me so much pleasure. I have in mind stories like "Call Me Joe," "The Helping Hand," "Wildcat," etc. "The Helping Hand" esp. impressed because of how EARLY in PA's career it was written. I'll only say the ending of that story packed a real emotional punch.

I do have a few quibbles to make, tho! On page 8 you wrote: "He wrote of the Time Patrol; space merchant Nicholas van Rijn; Dominic Flandry of the Polesotechnic League;..." The last example I cited should have been "Dominic Flandry of the TERRAN EMPIRE." Also, an error was maded in the title of the story called "Journey's End." In GOING FOR INFINITY, PA wrote of how Anthony Boucher had to struggle with pedantic proof readers to eliminate the apostrophe. The title he wished wss "Journeys End." Iow, PA did not want an apostrophe there!

But these are minor nitpicks in a wonderful collection I'm glad to have!

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/24/2009

Thanks, Sean! A few readers at Boskone pointed out these and other lapses. I hope NESFA Press can correct them in subsequent printings.

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 02/25/2009

Dear Mr. Bear: I trust you are well. Many thanks for replying to my previous note.

Yes, I too hope NESFA Press will correct the mercifully few textual blunders I noticed in future editions of CALL ME JOE. And since this book it subtitled "Volume One of the Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson," I'm already eagerly looking forward to Volume Two.

I hope no one will take offense if I suggest Volume Two should concentrate on stories which has either never been collected at all or only once. PA's "Sargasso of Lost Spaceships" is a rather famous example--among his works--of a story never having yet been reprinted.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/25/2009

I think they're projecting five or six more volumes. Should cover all of Poul's short fiction!

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 02/28/2009

Dear Mr. Bear: I hope you don't mind one more note about PA's CALL ME JOE.

I hope Volume Two of the "Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson" comes out next year! And, a separate volume for PA's non fiction: articles, essays, perhaps some of his letters, would also be good.

CALL ME JOE contains an amusing short story titled "Barnacle Bull." The point of view character is Erik Bull, who got dumped by his girl friend. The passage I thought esp. entertaining is this (page 406): "The someone else turned out to be a bespectacled writer who had just completed a three volume novel about King Harald Hardcounsel (1015-1066)." I, um, immediately thought of your bespectacled father in law PA, who actually did write a three volume novel about Harald III of Norway called THE LAST VIKING. Altho not till more than 20 years after "Barnacle Bull" was first published in 1960. I just had to smile when I saw this!

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/02/2009

Hmm... wonder if we're looking at a bit of courting history here?

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 03/12/2009

Dear Mr. Bear: Many thanks for replying!

Ummm, I had not meant to unintentionally rattle any family skeletons! (Chuckles)

This mentioning of your father in law's novel about Harald Hardrede got me interested in trying to find THE LAST VIKING online. To my astonishment, I could not (except for one of the three volumes). No matter where I googled, I could not find THE LAST VIKING. As far as I could tell, it seems to have disappeared. And I had little trouble finding any others of your FIL's books. Even titles I would have thought hard to find.

I only did this out of curiosity. I do have a copy of all three volumes of THE LAST VIKING (which I purchased in 1980).

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Rick Katze
Location: Framingham MA
Date: 04/14/2009

The title of "Journeys End" will be fixed in the next printing of the book. Along with some other glitches.

"The Queen of Air and Darkness, volume 2, will be out this August. An incomplete table of contents can be found at www.nesfa.org, select nesfa press and then forthcoming books.

Unfortunately I do not expect to publish all the fiction but there should be a significant amount in the 6 or 7 volumes that are planned. Poetry and non-fiction articles also appear in volume 2.

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/15/2009

We should correct my own lapse in the introduction, as well!

Re: Call Me Joe

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 04/16/2009

Dear Mr. Katze: I read your comments to Greg Bear with great interest. And I plan to purchase a copy of THE QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS by August. Despite my probably not really NEEDING to do so. I'm reasonably sure I have an unusually complete collection of the works of Poul Anderson, both hardback and soft cover.

I hope you won't take it amiss if I suggest that NESFA might look into having Jean Daniel Breque's book about PA, ORPHEE AUX ETOILES, translated into English and pub. by your organization. I would like to think enough readers would purchase copies to enable NESFA to cover the costs.

Good to know there are still enthusiasts for the works of Poul Anderson!

Sincerely, Sean

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