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Book Title: The Saturn Game|
The author of the book: Poul Anderson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 972 KB
Edition: Science Fiction Book Club
Date of issue: February 1997
ISBN 13: 9781568652740
Read full description of the books The Saturn Game:The line dividing "fantasy" and "reality" can be a fragile and precarious thing, and the inability to consistently distinguish between the two can be fraught with peril…not to mention embarrassment and poor decision-making
In this 1981, Hugo and Nebula Award winning, novella, Poul Anderson explores this mental demarcation from a rather unique vantage point. In the process, he combines the seemingly clashing elements of Hard SF with epic fantasy, to create a story that's unlike anything I’ve previously read.
The result is impressive, though less purely entertaining than I would have liked.
In the near future, the solar system is being slowly explored and colonized. Next up… Saturn. The story focuses on four crew members of the spaceship Chronos, whose mission is to explore the ringed planet and its moons. Central to the narrative is how the crew deals with the drudgery, isolation and mental stress of the long, 8 year journey from Earth.
To pass the time and maintain “sanity,” the crew engage in an elaborate psychodrama in the form of live action role playing, with the players diving into an imagined fantasy world to keep themselves entertained.
Now we all know there’s nothing wrong with a little LARPing…right? I mean it’s no less normal than any other form a recreational hobby…right?
Hey…where are you going?...c’mon back, please.
Anyway…for eight years, three of the four crew members have constructed a complex fantasy world, in which they have acted the part of epic fantasy tropes, complete with full bios and speech patterns. In addition, they have based many of the background details of their fictional world building on what they expect to find when they reach the moon of Iapetus.
This presents a problem, for upon arriving at their destination, the lines between perception and reality become blurry and hard to draw. After years of constantly exercising their imaginations, the players find that their ability to discern the reality around them has significantly atrophied.
This mental fugue is exacerbated by the extreme stress and dangerous conditions encountered during their investigation of Iapetus.
Poul Anderson pulls off an original, inventive story that skillfully explores the fragility of the human psyche and the effect that constant, conscious stimulation of one’s fantasy life, can have on such person’s reality, especially with the fantasy life is compensating for feelings of inadequacy and regret.
Anderson’s story is impressive.
That said, I was more impressed with the story than I was entertained. While I enjoyed the story, and thought the ideas were well explored, I found the writing a bit too dry, the characters a bit too unidimensional, to become fully engaged.
Still, I think it is worth a read and at less then 100 pages, won’t require a big time commitment.
3.0 stars. Recommended.
Winner: Hugo Award of Best Novella
Winner: Nebula Award of Best Novella
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Novella (finished 2nd)
Read information about the authorPseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.
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.
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* Future history of the Polesotechnic League
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