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Book Title: Guardians of Time|
The author of the book: Poul Anderson
Edition: Ballantine Books
Date of issue: September 1960
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Ray Bradbury put forth the idea that science fiction was just a sub-genre of fantasy; essentially a fantastic imaginative literature that was established with a scientific foundation. Within this sub-genre, there exists the sub-sub fantastic genre of time travel.
Time travel novels owe lineage to H.G. Wells and The Time Machine, first published in 1895. However, I think many modern time travel books may be connected to Ray Bradbury’s classic short story A Sound of Thunder with it’s butterfly effect theory.
Poul Anderson’s novel The Corridors of Time established an agreeable time travel method that blended elements of science fiction with historic fiction for a very pleasing result. The short stories that comprise the mash-up novel The Guardians of Time were mostly first published in the 1950s.
Anderson serves the idea of time travel well with, rather than the inflexible and unforgiving butterfly effect, the Vonnegutian “dry rubber bands” theory of flexible time. The Guardians of time introduces hero Manson Everard and the Time Patrol. One of the most pleasing elements of this book, and presumably about all of the Time Patrol series, is that time travel becomes a vehicle by which Anderson can explore concepts of alternate history.
Filled with his signature ability to meld good science fiction with realistic but imaginative historic fiction, Anderson succeeds brilliantly.
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Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.
Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948. He married Karen Kruse in 1953. They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear. Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972. He was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America, a loose-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter's Flashing Swords! anthologies. He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy.
Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital. Several of his novels were published posthumously.
* Time Patrol
* Psychotechnic League
* Trygve Yamamura
* Harvest of Stars
* King of Ys
* Last Viking
* Future history of the Polesotechnic League
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