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Topic: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 06/12/2013

Dear Mr. Bear:

Apologies if this is way too far off topic, but are there any plans by the literary executors of your father in law's estate for a COMPLETE COLLECTED WORKS OF POUL ANDERSON? As of now, fans of Anderson have to track down his works in a rather chaotic miahmash of magazines, hardbacks, and paperbacks. I think a COMPLETE WORKS collecting everything written by Mr. Anderson from 1947 to his death in 2001 a very good idea. I propose as models for this both the Vance Integral Edition and the Virginia Edition of the works of Jack Vance and Robert Heinlein.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2013

No plans for a unified set of collected works; those are rather rare nowadays. But the lovely NESFA Press editions, and the Baen themed collections, help keep Poul's work readily available.

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 06/17/2013

Dear Mr. Bear:

Oh, I agree, Baen Books and NESFA Press are doing excellent yeoman work in keeping much of the best of Poul Anderson's works available. But, even so, this is still incomplete and partial. And many short stories (SF, fantasy, and mysteries) have never been collected and republished since their first appearances in magazines. To say nothing of the difficulty readers have tracking down Anderson's non fiction essays. So, I still think a good argument can be made for a COMPLETE COLLECTED WORKS OF POUL ANDERSON along the lines of the Vance and Heinlein models.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Carl Rosenberg
Location:
Date: 06/17/2013

However, I think someone has issued a multi-volume collected short stories--this may be one of the editions which Mr. Bear refers to above.

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/18/2013

I'd love to see one. The Heinlein and Vance projects were paid for by foundation and by private donor.

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/18/2013

You're probably thinking of the NESFA collections.

Re: Complete Works of Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 06/18/2013

Dear Mr. Rosenberg:

You probably had either or both the Baen Books and NESFA Press reprints in mind. Problem is, they are mostly republishings of Anderson's better known works. Baen and NESFA have been focusing, as they should, on the better known works of Anderson. But, many lesser known short stories and non fictional essays have never been reprinted since their first appearances in magazines. And I would be glad to contribute some money for a COMPLETE WORKS OF POUL ANDERSON if a project like that is ever started.

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

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