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Christopher Anvil (March 11, 1925 - November 30, 2009) is a pseudonym used by American author Harry C. Crosby. He began publishing science fiction with the story "Cinderella, Inc." in the December 1952 issue of the science fiction magazine Imagination. By 1956, he had adopted his pseudonym and was being published in Astounding Magazine.

Anvil's repeated appearances in Astounding/Analog were due in part to his ability to write to one of Campbell's preferred plots: alien opponents with superior firepower losing out to the superior intelligence or indomitable will of humans. A second factor is his stories are nearly always humorous throughout. Another was his characterization and manner of story crafting, where his protagonists slid from disaster to disaster with the best of intentions, and through exercise of fast thinking, managed to snatch victory somehow from the jaws of defeat.

According to David Weber, who acknowledges being influenced by Anvil in the introduction to the anthology Interstellar Patrol:

Anvil's short story is "Pandora's Planet", which appeared first in Astounding Magazine in September 1956, has since been reprinted several times, including in the first volume of Anvil's works published in hardcover by Baen's Books, Pandora's Legions, and was also expanded into a full-length novel.

Anvil also published a collection of stories taking place within the Federation of Humanity (The term originates in the sub-title of the third anthology title released by Baen: Interstellar Patrol II, "The Federation of Humanity"). Anvil himself, as well as John Campbell, referred to these stories as the Colonization Series prior to them being released as collections. The stories deal with characters in different human government organizations, dealing with adventures, gadgetry and subterfuge both internal and external.

The bulk of Anvil's published writing consists of short stories, many of which have not yet been collected. Many of them are almost purely idea-driven science fiction. Some of the most striking, for example "Gadget vs. Trend", entirely lack dialogue and almost entirely lack characters; these stories consist of a series of newspaper reports or other similar materials. In these and other stories, Anvil's technique is to put forth a gadget, invention, or social trend and logically develop the consequences.
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Total Books: 36
The Power of Illusion
2011 - The Power of Illusion (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451637601
ISBN-10: 1451637608
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Rx for Chaos
2011 - Rx for Chaos (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781439134184
ISBN-10: 1439134189
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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War Games
2010 - War Games [Complete Christopher Anvil] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439133507
ISBN-10: 1439133506
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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The Trouble with Humans
2009 - The Trouble with Humans (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781439133309
ISBN-10: 1439133301
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
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The Trouble with Aliens
2008 - The Trouble with Aliens (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781416556015
ISBN-10: 141655601X
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Interstellar Patrol II The Federation of Humanity
2006 - Interstellar Patrol II the Federation of Humanity [Federation of Man] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781416520993
ISBN-10: 1416520996
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Interstellar Patrol II  The Federation of Humanity
2005 - Interstellar Patrol II the Federation of Humanity (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780743498920
ISBN-10: 0743498925
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Interstellar Patrol
2004 - Interstellar Patrol [Interstellar Patrol, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780743488488
ISBN-10: 0743488482
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 12

Interstellar Patrol
2003 - Interstellar Patrol (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780743436007
ISBN-10: 0743436008
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Pandora's Legions
2002 - Pandora's Legions (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671318611
ISBN-10: 0671318616
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Substores
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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The Steel the Mist and the Blazing Sun
1983 - The Steel the Mist and the Blazing Sun (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780441785711
ISBN-10: 0441785719
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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The Steel the Mist and the Blazing Sun
1980 - The Steel the Mist and the Blazing Sun (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780441785704
ISBN-10: 0441785700
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Pandora's Planet
1973 - Pandora's Planet [Daw UQ1066] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780879970666
ISBN-10: 0879970669
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Amazing Science Fiction - July 1972
1972 - Amazing Science Fiction - July 1972 [Vol. 46, #2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781773472072
ISBN-10: 1773472070
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Strangers in Paradise
1972 - Strangers in Paradise (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780508401363
ISBN-10: 0508401364
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Galaxy Science Fiction Vol 24 No 4
1966 - Galaxy Science Fiction Vol 24 No 4 [April, 1966] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780185066046
ISBN-10: 0185066046
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Galaxy Science Fiction - April 1967
Galaxy Science Fiction - April 1967 [Vol. 25, #4] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780185067043
ISBN-10: 0185067042
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Astounding Science Fiction  Volume LXII No 3
Astounding Science Fiction Volume Lxii No 3 [November 1958] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780202858111
ISBN-10: 0202858111
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Analog Science Fiction and Fact January 1965 Part 1 of Prophet of Dune
Analog Science Fiction and Fact January 1965 Part 1 of Prophet of Dune [Volume LXXIV, No. 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780202865010
ISBN-10: 0202865010
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Analog Science Fiction and Fact June 1966
Analog Science Fiction and Fact June 1966 [Volume LXXVII, No. 4] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780202866062
ISBN-10: 0202866068
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Analog Science Fiction and Fact March 1967
Analog Science Fiction and Fact March 1967 [Volume LXXIX, No. 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780202867038
ISBN-10: 020286703X
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Amazing Stories January 1978 [Amazing Science Fiction - Volume 51, No. 2] (Paperback)