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Poul Anderson
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The High Crusade by Poul Anderson To JENS CHRISTIAN and NANCY - as well as PER and JANNE - gratefully and hopefullyPrologue As the captain looked up, the hooded desk lamp threw his face into ridges of darkness and craggy highlights. A port stood open to alien summer night. I’ve got it translated, sir, answered the sociotechnician. Читать онлайн The High Crusade.

Poul Anderson's High Crusade has become a classic that does not fade. Unfortunately, there was a farcical and very bad Hollywood version filmed (with some fine actors) that did not and can not come close to honoring the book, and what could without a George Lucas and a Star Wars budget to do the story justice? I heartily recommend the book. It was nice to see that the book impacted on these authors but I’d have rather gotten into the story first and read the appreciations later. Other than that a great book.

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To JENS CHRISTIAN and NANCY - as well as PER and JANNE - gratefully and hopefully. This translation was a prosaic typescript

To JENS CHRISTIAN and NANCY - as well as PER and JANNE - gratefully and hopefully. Yet he was nearly afraid to turn the pages, afraid of what he might find out.

Poul Anderson, November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001 Poul Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to parents Anton and Astrid. After his father's death, Poul's mother took them first to Denmark and then to Maryland and Minnesota. He earned his degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota, but chose instead to write stories for science fiction magazines, such as "Astounding. Anderson is considered a "hard science fiction" writer, meaning that his books have a basis in scientific fact.

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Find sources: "Poul Anderson" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (March 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Several stories and books describing the aftermath of a total US victory in another world war, such as "Sam Hall" and its loose sequel "Three Worlds to Conquer" as well as "Shield", are scarcely less bleak than the above-mentioned depictions of a Soviet victory. In The High Crusade, aliens who land in medieval England in the expectation of an easy conquest find that they are not immune to swords and arrows.

In the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshire. The Wersgorix, whose scouting ship it is, are quite expert at taking over planets, and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable, they initiate standard world-conquering procedure. To JENS CHRISTIAN and NANCY - as well as PER and JANNE - gratefully and hopefully.

The High Crusade was originally serialized in the July–August–September 1960 issues of Astounding.

Author: Poul Anderson. Publisher: Doubleday, 1960. In the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshire

One of the Most Beloved Novels by a Grand Master of Science Fiction, with Introductions and Appreciations by Major Science Fiction Figures. Now in Mass Market.In the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshire. The Wersgorix, whose scouting ship it is, are quite expert at taking over planets, and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable, they initiate standard world-conquering procedure. Ah, but this time it's no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave—they've launched their invasion against free Englishmen! In the end, only one alien is left alive—and Sir Roger's grand vision is born. He intends for the creature to fly the ship first to France to aid his King, then on to the Holy Land to vanquish the infidel. Unfortunately, he has not allowed for the treachery of the alien pilot, who instead takes the craft to his home planet, where, he thinks, these upstart barbarians will have no choice but to surrender. But that knavish alien little understands the indomitable will and clever resourcefulness of Englishmen, no matter how great the odds against them. . . .
  • One of my absolute favorites in Science Fiction, I am happy to have this on kindle also now. Aliens land in King Edward III's England with plans to take over. They are counterattacked by the local English Knights, and good English longbowmen, who easily cut them down. Lead by the amazingly brave and clever Sir Roger, Baron de Tourneville the English decide to take the air boat across the channel to fight the French. Thus starts one disaster after another, while Sir Roger brilliantly manages to turn things around to his advantage and the safety of his people. Just wonderful, especially as you see the action through the eyes of the humble village priest who is continually being shocked by the outrageous claims of the alien. This contrast between the heroic but very medieval beliefs and the villainous but very scientific modern aliens is totally delightful. The best.

  • This is a classic alien invasion story that stands the genre on its head. The Wersgor invade earth with all the bells and whistles any invader could hope to want. Unfortunately, they land outside an English Lord's castle just as the Baron, Sir Roger, is about to join his liege in the Crusade to free the Holy Land from the paynim. At the first lick of a ray-gun Sir Roger's men storm the vessel in anger before the airlock is secure and take it. The writing is excellent and very funny. More of the same ensues as Sir Roger is haplessly forced to take the fight back to the Wersgor Empire in a reverse invasion. Poul Anderson's High Crusade has become a classic that does not fade.

    Unfortunately, there was a farcical and very bad Hollywood version filmed (with some fine actors) that did not and can not come close to honoring the book, and what could without a George Lucas and a Star Wars budget to do the story justice? I heartily recommend the book. I suggest you avoid the film.

  • This is the Fiftieth Anniversary printing of this book and it is fabulous. I originally read this in hardcover in the mid-eighties and I immediately fell in love with it. It is filled with action, humour, and a lot of classic speculative fiction that demands to be read. I love the characters and the story and I love the ending. If you’re a Poul Anderson fan, buy this book it is well worth it.

    My only fault with this edition is all the ‘appreciations’ expressed at the beginning of the book from authors who were friends with Poul Anderson. It was nice to see that the book impacted on these authors but I’d have rather gotten into the story first and read the appreciations later.

    Other than that a great book.

  • It's not entirely flawless. But it's a unique concept, very sympathetic towards (though not entirely accurate about) medieval society, and bitingly satirical to modern "civilization." Plus there's cavalry charges against aliens with blasters, trebuchets throwing nukes, and all kinds of fun stuff like that. Highly recommended.

  • Sorry if I'm not as eloquent as the pro-line reviewers but if you want a splendiferous romp, setting the stage for hundreds of imitators, this is your one-stop-shopping-source.

    This is Poul Anderson at his humorous best.

    One request though? Don't read the plot summaries. This is ever so much more fun with a cold read.

  • This book has been around for decades and was the inspiration for the SCA. Spawned a genre of similar plots (warriors kidnapped by aliens and used in combat against other species).. David Drake has placed 1st century Romans and medieval English knights in his (very enjoyable, very readable) variations. There are others. I still love it when Anderson's alien came out of the ship with ray gun blasting, only to be hit with a few dozen clothyard shafts. Wonderful!

  • I stumbled across this book in the library when I was 10 and totally enjoyed every minute of it. It opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities which really changed my life. I can't say whether it's well-written because it's pretty much enshrined in my memory. I read it several times since then and always enjoy it. Highly recommend this book.

  • I opened a paperback copy about thirty years ago, but didn’t purchase it. Better late than never! A great book. The fiftieth anniversary edition contains commentary such science fiction authors as Greg Bear and David Drake who were inspired by The High Crusade when they first read it.