The Queen of Air and Darkness Summary
In The Queen of Air and Darkness, Anderson declares, "Homo can truly be called Sapiens when he practices his specialty of being unspecialized. His repeated attempts to freeze himself into an all-answering pattern or culture or ideology or whatever he has named it, have repeatedly brought ruin." As in much of his writing, Anderson here explores the nature of freedom and the illusions that humanity sometimes creates for itself.
The story takes place on a planet named "Roland," which is the name of a hero of medieval French romances.
The secretive native inhabitants of Roland use their psychic powers to make themselves appear to be fairies, elves, and trolls. Some human beings are deluded into believing that the fairy world is real and is a beautiful realm of freedom, although the humans are actually deluded psychic slaves.
Much is made of the fairy world appealing to subconscious...
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Poul Anderson Biographies (3)
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The winner of several Nebula and Hugo awards, Poul Anderson is a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy with well over one hundred novels and short story collections to his credit. Known for w...
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"Although I was born in the USA, my parents were from Scandinavia, and named me for a grandfather; hence the spelling. This was in 1926.""In grade school the teachers kept telling me I wasn't spelling...
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Shortly after Poul Anderson's birth, his father, an engineer, moved the family to Texas, where they lived for over ten years. Following Anton Anderson's death his widow took her children to Denmark bu...