The Queen of Air and Darkness and Other Stories

By Poul Anderson

Rating: 4 stars

This is a small collection of short stories from the prolific Mr Anderson. There is no real unifying theme to them other than the idea that the universe is stranger than our science yet knows. All the stories are set in relativistic universes, so FTL is a no-no, and in at least one story (Time Lag) this is used to good effect.

The title story is eerily moody, evoking ancient myths on another world in the far future while most of the rest deal with colonisation in a universe where the speed of light is the absolute speed limit and how different worlds might react and change the people that went out to colonise the stars.

A very enjoyable read.

Book details

ISBN: 9780839824336
Publisher: Gregg P, US
Year of publication: 1971

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