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Topic: Poul Anderson's "Beer Mutterings"

From: Ken
Location: Reno
Date: 03/11/2011

I'm a big fan of Poul Anderson (and of you too, Greg!) and I'm trying to round up his uncollected works. I've discovered that he wrote a semiregular column for fanzines called "Beer Mutterings," and that in fact it was in several different fanzines over the course of a few decades.

Can you tell me for which fanzines he wrote it? I know that he wrote it for THRUST and QUANTUM in the 1990's--I've read all those columns--and also for OUTWORLDS in the 1970's and SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW in the 1960's. He also claimed in one of the THRUST columns to have written it for a fanzine edited by his wife Karen (THE ZED, perhaps?).

Also, can you tell me where I might find the specific issues that had "Beer Mutterings"?

Re: Poul Anderson's

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/09/2011

I'll check with the real experts here! Thanks, Ken.

Re: Poul Anderson's

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA, USA
Date: 04/10/2011

Hi, Ken!

This is very interesting! I too am a fan of the late Poul Anderson. I never knew he used to write columns for fanzines. I sincerely hope the literary executor of Anderson's estate will collect his "Beer Mutterings" for republishing in a posthumous collection.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Poul Anderson's

From: Carl Rosenberg
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: 07/13/2011

Regarding Poul Anderson, whose work I also like (I just started reading STARFARERS): he's often classified with Heinlein, and no doubt their work was similar (hard SF stemming from the Golden Age era). But I think Anderson's work also had a poetic, cosmic quality which he shared with Arthur C. Clarke--contemplating the wonders and mysteries of the universe.

Re: Poul Anderson's

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/07/2011

A good description, Carl. Poul could be both cosmic (TAU ZERO) and mythic (BROKEN SWORD).

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