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Poul Anderson

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career in the 1940s and continued to write into the 21st century. Anderson authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, short stories, his awards include seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Poul Anderson was born on November 1926, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, of Scandinavian parents. Shortly after his birth, his father, Anton Anderson, an engineer, moved the family to Texas, where they lived for over ten years. Following Anton Anderson's death, his widow took her children to Denmark; the family returned to the United States after the outbreak of World War II, settling on a Minnesota farm. The frame story of his novel Three Hearts and Three Lions, before the fantasy part begins, is set in the Denmark which the young Anderson experienced. While he was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, Anderson's first stories were published by John W. Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction: "Tomorrow's Children" by Anderson and F. N. Waldrop in March 1947 and a sequel, "Chain of Logic" by Anderson alone, in July.

He earned his B. A. in physics with honors but made no serious attempt to work as a physicist. While finding no purely academic application, Anderson's knowledge of physics is evident in the great care given to details of the scientific background – one of the defining characteristics of his writing style. Anderson moved with her to the San Francisco Bay area, their daughter Astrid was born in 1954. They made their home in California. Over the years Poul gave many readings at The Other Change of Hobbit bookstore in Berkeley, his wife donated his typewriter and desk to the store. In 1965 Algis Budrys said that Anderson "has for some time been science fiction's best storyteller", he was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism in 1966 and of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America in the mid-1960s. The latter was a loose-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors led by Lin Carter eight in number, with entry by credentials as a fantasy writer alone. Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972.

Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy; the Science Fiction Writers of America made Anderson its 16th SFWA Grand Master in 1998 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted him in 2000, its fifth class of two deceased and two living writers. He died of cancer on July 2001, after a month in the hospital. A few of his novels were first published posthumously. Anderson is best known for adventure stories in which larger-than-life characters succeed gleefully or fail heroically, his characters were nonetheless thoughtful introspective, well developed. His plot lines involved the application of social and political issues in a speculative manner appropriate to the science fiction genre, he wrote some quieter works of shorter length, which appeared more during the latter part of his career. Much of his science fiction is grounded in science. A specialty was imagining scientifically plausible non-Earthlike planets.

The best known was the planet of The Man Who Counts in which Anderson adjusted its size and composition so that humans could live in the open air but flying intelligent aliens could evolve, he explored the consequences of those adjustments. In many stories, Anderson commented on society and politics. Whatever other vicissitudes his views went through, he retained his belief in the direct and inextricable connection between human liberty and expansion into space, for which reason he cried out against any idea of space exploration being "a waste of money" or "unnecessary luxury"; the connection between space flight and freedom is an extension of the 19th-century American concept of the Frontier, where malcontents can advance further and claim some new land, pioneers either bring life to barren asteroids or settle on Earth-like planets teeming with life, but not intelligent forms. As he expressed in his nonfiction essays, Anderson held that going into space was not an unnecessary luxury but an existential need, that abandoning space would doom humanity to "a society of brigands ruling over peasants."

That is graphically expressed in the chilling short story "Welcome". In it, humanity has abandoned space and is left with an overcrowded Earth where a small elite not only treats all the rest as chattel slaves, but regularly practices cannibalism, their chefs preparing "roast suckling coolie" for their banquets. Conversely, in the bleak Orwellian world of "The High Ones" where the Soviets have won the Third World War and gained control of the whole of Earth, the dissidents still have some hope because space flight has not been abandoned. By the end of the story, rebels have established themselves at another stellar system—where their descendants, the reader is told, would build a liberating fleet and set out back to Earth. While horrified by the prospect of the Soviets winning complete rule over the Earth, Anderson was not enthusiastic about having Americans in that role either. Several

Ayesha Raza Farooq

Ayesha Raza Farooq is a Pakistani politician, a member of the Senate of Pakistan since March 2015. She had been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2013 to 2015, she has a degree of Master of Business Administration which she received from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1995 and has a degree of Bachelor of Laws which she obtained from University of Punjab in 2013. She was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League on reserved seats for women from Punjab in 2013 Pakistani general election. In November 2013, she was appointed as Prime Minister's focal person on polio eradication, she resigned from National Assembly in March 2015. She was elected to the Senate of Pakistan on reserved seat for women as a candidate of PML-N in 2015 Pakistani Senate election. In March 2018, she received Sitara-i-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan for her role in polio eradication

Kiul Junction railway station

Kiul Junction station code KIUL, is one of the major railway junctions in Danapur division of East Central Railway. Kiul is connected to metropolitan areas of India, by the Delhi-Kolkata Main Line via Mugalsarai-Patna route which runs along the historic Grand Trunk road; the Danapur division's main line crosses Sahibganj Loop line at the Kiul Junction. The main line crosses the Kiul river between Lakhisarai Junction; the Gaya-Kiul line starts from the Kiul Junction. Kiul is located on the bank of Kiul river in Lakhisarai district in the Indian state of Bihar; this is the place where Mahavira, Tirthankara of Jainism), achieved Kevala Jnana. The Kiul railway station is on Howrah-Patna-Mughalsarai main line. Most of the Patna, Barauni bound express trains coming from Howrah, Ranchi, Tatanagar stop here; the major facilities available are Waiting rooms, computerized reservation facility, Vehicle parking. The vehicles are allowed to enter the station premises; the station has STD/ISD/PCO telephone booth, tea stall and book stall.

Automatic ticket vending machines have been installed to reduce the queue for train tickets on the station. One of the two departmental catering units of Danapur division are located at Kiul Junction, the other being at Patna Junction. There are five platforms here; the platforms are interconnected with foot over bridge. The nearest airport to Kiul Station are Gaya Airport 141 kilometres Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna 126 kilometres Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi 247 kilometres Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata Lakhisarai Barauni East Central Railway Kiul Junction Map Official website of the Lakhisarai district