Le Chant du barde (nouvelle)

Le Bélial
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Il est harpiste, et son épouse est morte de la morsure d’un serpent. Pour avoir une chance de la sauver, il lui faut descendre aux Enfers. Des Enfers qui ne sont, dans ce futur lointain, que l’antre d’un super-ordinateur omnipotent.
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About the author

Né en 1926 en Pennsylvanie, Poul Anderson étudie la physique au Minnesota. Il publie son premier texte, Tomorrow’s Children, en 1947, dans le but de payer ses études. Cinq ans plus tard paraît son premier roman, Vault of the Ages. Il ne cesse plus d’écrire par la suite, et rédige au total une centaine de romans et de recueils de nouvelles, dont une bonne part demeure pour l’heure encore inédite en français. Ses textes relèvent autant de la science-fiction que de la fantasy, sont voire des romans policiers ou historiques. Ses origines danoises le font également s’intéresser à la mythologie scandinave — en témoigne « La Saga de Hrolf Kraki ». Outre la « Patrouille du Temps », on doit à Poul Anderson d’autres séries-culte : « Dominic Flandry, agent de l’Empire terrien » ou « Les Croisés du Cosmos ». S’il est considéré outre-Atlantique comme un maître incontournable, Poul Anderson a longtemps été boudé par la critique en France, du fait de ses prises de position en faveur de la guerre du Viêt-Nam. Punition injustifiée : ses textes révèlent un auteur soucieux de rendre compréhensible le point de vue adverse, ne portant pas de jugement de valeur sur ce que l’on pourrait considérer comme primitif. Humaniste en somme ? Depuis quelques années, Le Bélial’ a entrepris de rééditer ses textes et de réhabiliter cet auteur — tout de même l'un des grands noms de l'Âge d'Or américain, lauréat de rien de moins que trois prix Nebula et de sept prix Hugo.

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Publisher
Le Bélial
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Published on
Sep 26, 2012
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Pages
48
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ISBN
9782843444708
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Language
French
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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Book 16
Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break into the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading science fiction (sf) magazine of its time, focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology.

Gold published many notable stories during his tenure, including Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman", later expanded as Fahrenheit 451; Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters; and Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man. In 1952, the magazine was acquired by Robert Guinn, its printer. By the late 1950s, Frederik Pohl was helping Gold with most aspects of the magazine's production. When Gold's health worsened, Pohl took over as editor, starting officially at the end of 1961, though he had been doing the majority of the production work for some time.

Under Pohl Galaxy had continued success, regularly publishing fiction by writers such as Cordwainer Smith, Jack Vance, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Silverberg. However, Pohl never won the annual Hugo Award for his stewardship of Galaxy, winning three Hugos instead for its sister magazine, If. In 1969 Guinn sold Galaxy to Universal Publishing and Distribution Corporation (UPD) and Pohl resigned, to be replaced by Ejler Jakobsson. Under Jakobsson the magazine declined in quality. It recovered under James Baen, who took over in mid-1974, but when he left at the end of 1977 the deterioration resumed, and there were financial problems—writers were not paid on time and the schedule became erratic. By the end of the 1970s the gaps between issues were lengthening, and the title was finally sold to Galileo publisher Vincent McCaffrey, who brought out only a single issue in 1980. A brief revival as a semi-professional magazine followed in 1994, edited by H. L. Gold's son, E. J. Gold; this lasted for eight bimonthly issues.

At its peak, Galaxy greatly influenced the science fiction field. It was regarded as one of the leading sf magazines almost from the start, and its influence did not wane until Pohl's departure in 1969. Gold brought a "sophisticated intellectual subtlety" to magazine science fiction according to Pohl, who added that "after Galaxy it was impossible to go on being naive." SF historian David Kyle agrees, commenting that "of all the editors in and out of the post-war scene, the most influential beyond any doubt was H. L. Gold". Kyle suggests that the new direction Gold set "inevitably" led to the experimental New Wave, the defining science fiction literary movement of the 1960s.
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