Poul Anderson: Three Hearts & Three Lions / The Broken Sword

Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was a prolific American science fiction and fantasy writer. His name is Danish (pronounce it “pole”). He wrote hard science fiction adventures and puzzle stories, which is how I came to start reading his work. I’ve come late to his fantasy work, since I don’t generally have much taste for that genre. … Continue reading Poul Anderson: Three Hearts & Three Lions / The Broken Sword


It is a quality of Venice that everybody who sets foot there is impelled to share their experience either by writing about or making pictures of the city. J.G. Links, Venice For Pleasure To Venice, in November. Nice time of year for it—the streets are pretty quiet, and that strange pearlescent Venetian light is very … Continue reading Venice


ˈpɒdəʊskæf Podoscaph: A canoe-shaped float attached to the foot, for walking on water The word is formed by attaching the Greek prefix pod(o)- (derived from pous, meaning “foot”) to skaphos, “ship”. In the fifteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci toyed with podoscaph design—but, realizing that they wouldn’t be a particularly stable mode of locomotion, he sketched … Continue reading Podoscaph

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