Under The Sun

Monday, July 14, 2003

Has anyone else (among my readers) read Poul Anderson's famous story "The Queen of Air and Darkness"? It made the silver-anniversary Best of the Nebula Awards anthology, and I can't see why: the writing is bad, the characterization is worse, the mystery plot lacks heft, and the treatment of the Issue is not particularly insightful. Yes, the author was young then and still learning his craft, but the story should stand or fall on its own merits. And I honestly can't see many merits. What am I missing?

You must, however, read Anderson's less famous but infinitely more powerful story "The Martyr". It can be found most readily in Nebula Awards #33.

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