In the first story he is a boy who helps a man recover things from an air car that crashed in the jungle. In the second story he is a teenager who rescues several people, including a girl he has a crush on, who were trapped on a hill by creatures gone berserk from the petroleum smells emanating from their air car. In the third story he and his wife have to find foster parents for their new baby because it lacks the natural ability to breathe the air in the low country. He persuades a prosperous friend to be the foster father of his baby and to build factories in the low lands, even though building the factories there is not efficient. He is concerned with preventing the cultures of the highlanders and lowlanders from becoming too diverse and disdainful of each other. In the fourth story he is a highly esteemed old man who persuades the planetís legislature to permit and prepare for new immigrants on their way from Earth.
The next two stories are described in The Queen of Air and Darkness by Poul Anderson.
The essay is about the scientific possibilities for of space travel and colonization. The essay reveals Poul Anderson preference for state-coerced space science over freedom.
Year Read: 2001
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