Acclaimed science fiction writer dies

— Master science fiction writer Poul Anderson, author of futuristic tales of human courage, died of complications related to prostate cancer. He was 74.

Anderson died Tuesday at his home in Orinda, near San Francisco.

Anderson, whose first name was pronounced "pole," was a former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and a winner of three Nebula Awards and seven Hugo Awards.

In 1997, the writers group named him a Grandmaster, and last year he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies are held at Kansas University.

Just last month, his novel "Genesis" won the John W. Campbell Award for the best science fiction novel of the year for 2000.

Other noted works include "Tau Zero," "Midsummer Tempest," "The Boat of a Million Years" and "The Enemy Stars."

Fellow sci-fi author Harlan Ellison recalled that he first came upon an Anderson story in a magazine while waiting for a dentist appointment.

"It was so lucidly written and so vibrant," Ellison said Thursday. "It was electric writing. He really knew how to paint a picture with words."

"And almost everything he ever wrote sang with ethics," he said. "As the years went by and styles changed, Poul's work changed. He grew. He maintained his own voice."

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