Everything you need to understand or teach Harvest of Stars by Poul Anderson.
Typical of much of Anderson's mature work, Harvest of Stars is rich in themes that are beyond social concerns. The very structure of the novel makes it a philosophical work; like Horace and Samuel Johnson and other writers of philosophical literature, Anderson knows that to be read he must first entertain. The tense, rollicking chase of the novel's first movement is exciting from the first word, and is gripping in the tension it creates in the depiction of how individual people play important roles in the great conflict between a despotic society and a free society.
The social concerns of the novel focus on the way people live and how a society might best benefit its members. In Harvest of Stars, the benefit matters most if it is individual; the well being of the individual person is essential to a good society.
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