Edited by Rick Katze. Cover art by John Picacio.
Admiralty: The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson (volume 4) continues the series of presenting the best of his fantasy and science fiction stories published over a writing career of 50 years. It includes "Admiralty", a story in the foreseeable future when man has colonies on other planets and is in conflict with an alien empire, "Goat Song", the Hugo and Nebula award winning story about a man's determination to bring his lost love back to life, "Operation Changeling", a world where magic and demons co-exist, "Delenda Est", a story of the time patrol and the choices that must be made to keep our existence intact, "The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound", co-written with Gordon R. Dickson, where the aliens are living on their own planet, a portion of which is created as Victorian England with Scotland Yard and Sherlock Holmes, "Marius", which shows that the only thing we lean from history is history, and the delightful "Inside Straight", in which an understanding of poker defeats an invasion.
- Introduction by David G. Hartwell
- Among Thieves
- Delenda Est
- Goat Song
- Horse Trader
- Inside Straight
- Murphy's Hall
- Operation Changeling
- Quixote and the Windmill
- The Problem of Pain
- Sister Planet
- The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound
- The Barrier Moment
- The Bitter Bread
- The Pugilist
- The Star Beast
Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.
This multi-volume series includes the very best of the short works by Poul Anderson, including all of his Hugo and Nebula nominated and winning short stories.
The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson consists of seven works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.