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Encyclopedia > Frederik Pohl
Frederik Pohl
Pseudonym: Elton Andrews
Born: November 26, 1919 (1919-11-26) (age 87)
Occupation: Novelist, short story author, Essayist, Publisher, Editor, Literary Agent
Nationality: USA
Genres: Science fiction
Debut works: "Elegy to a Dead Planet: Luna" (1937)
Website: www.frederikpohl.com

Frederik George Pohl, Jr. (born November 26, 1919) is a noted American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over sixty years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine if, winning the Hugo for if three years running. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993. For a time he was the official authority for the Encyclopedia Britannica on the subject of Emperor Tiberius. A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ... if, subtitled Worlds of Science Fiction, was launched in March 1952, the creation, apparently, of James L. Quinn of the Quinn Publishing Company, not to be confused with Robert Guinn, who later published both If and its sister magazine Galaxy. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction stories published in the United States during the two previous years. ... The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. ... 1913 advertisement for the 11th edition, with the slogan When in doubt — look it up in the Encyclopædia Britannica The Encyclopædia Britannica (properly spelled with æ, the ae-ligature) was first published in 1768–1771 as The Britannica was an important early English-language general encyclopedia and is still... Tiberius Caesar Augustus, born Tiberius Claudius Nero (November 16, 42 BC – March 16 AD 37), was the second Roman Emperor, from the death of Augustus in AD 14 until his own death in 37. ...

Contents

Biography and writing career

Pohl's early years were spent in a number of places. His father held a number of jobs, and the Pohls lived in such wide-flung locations as Texas, California, New Mexico, and the Panama Canal Zone. Around age 7, Pohl and his family settled in Brooklyn. He attended the prestigious high school Brooklyn Tech and formed a lifelong friendship with fellow writer Isaac Asimov who also lived in Brooklyn. Pohl dropped out of school at the age of fourteen to find work due to the Great Depression. Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... The Panama Canal Zone (Spanish: ), was a 553 square mile (1,432 km²) territory inside of Panama, consisting of the Panama Canal and an area generally extending 5 miles (8. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Brooklyn Technical High School is one of three primary high schools making up the specialized science circuit in New York City, the other two being Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920? – April 6, 1992, IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ...


In 1936 Pohl joined the Communist Party. However, party elders expelled him, in the belief that the escapist nature of science fiction risked corrupting the minds of youth. Like Asimov, he was a member of the New York based Futurians fan group. The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) is one of several Marxist-Leninist groups in the United States. ... The Futurians were an influential group of science fiction fans, editors and writers. ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ...


From 1939 to 1943, he was the editor of two pulp magazines - Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories.[1] Pulp magazines, often called simply the pulps, were inexpensive text fiction magazines widely published in the 1920s through the 1950s. ... Super Science Stories was a pulp science fiction magazine that was initially printed by Popular Publications between May 1940 and May 1943. ...


Pohl has been married several times. His first wife was fellow Futurian Leslie Perri. In the 1950s he was married to Judith Merril, an important figure in the world of science fiction, with whom he has one daughter. He is currently married to science fiction editor and academic Elizabeth Anne Hull, PhD. Leslie Perri (died 1970) was the pen name of Doris Marie Claire Doë Baumgardt, an American science fiction fan, writer, and illustrator. ... Judith Merril (January 21, 1923, New York, New York - September 12, 1997, Canada) was an North American science fiction author and anthologist. ... PhD usually refers to the academic title Doctor of Philosophy PhD can also refer to the manga Phantasy Degree This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ...


He was a friend and collaborator with Cyril M. Kornbluth, co-authoring a number of short stories and several novels, including a dystopian satire of a world ruled by the advertising agencies, The Space Merchants (a belated sequel, The Merchants' War [1984] was written by Pohl alone, after Kornbluth's death). This is not to be confused with "The Merchants of Venus", an unconnected 1972 novella where the Heechee were first introduced and which also includes biting satire on runaway free market capitalism. Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923–March 21, 1958 — pen-names: Cecil Corwin, S.D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park) was a science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia[1], kakotopia or anti-utopia) is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Commercialism redirects here. ... The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, 1953. ... The Heechee are a fictional alien race from the science fiction works of Frederik Pohl. ... A free market is an idealized market, where all economic decisions and actions by individuals regarding transfer of money, goods, and services are voluntary, and are therefore devoid of coercion and theft (some definitions of coercion are inclusive of theft). Colloquially and loosely, a free market economy is an economy... Capitalism generally refers to an economic system in which the means of production are mostly privately[1] owned and operated for profit, and in which investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are determined through the operation of a free market. ...


A number of his short stories were notable for a satirical look at consumerism and advertising in the 1950s and 1960s: "The Wizard of Pung's Corners", where flashy, overcomplex military hardware prove useless against farmers with shotguns, and "The Tunnel Under the World", where an entire community is held captive by advertising researchers. Consumerist redirects here. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


From the late 1950s until 1969 he served as editor of Galaxy and if magazines, taking over at some point from the ailing H. L. Gold. Under his editorship if won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Magazine for 1966, 1967 and 1968 [1]. The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ... if, subtitled Worlds of Science Fiction, was launched in March 1952, the creation, apparently, of James L. Quinn of the Quinn Publishing Company, not to be confused with Robert Guinn, who later published both If and its sister magazine Galaxy. ... Oct. ... Horace Leonard Gold (April 26, 1914 - February 21, 1996) was a science fiction writer and editor. ...


In the mid-1970s, Pohl acquired and edited novels for Bantam Books, published as "Frederik Pohl Selections"; the most notable were Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren and Joanna Russ's The Female Man. Also in the 1970s, Pohl reemerged as a novel writer in his own right, with books such as Man Plus and the Heechee series. He won back-to-back Nebula awards with Man Plus in 1976 and Gateway, the first novel in the Heechee series, in 1977. Gateway also won the 1978 best-novel Hugo. Two of his stories have also earned him Hugo awards: "The Meeting" (with Kornbluth) was a tie in 1973 and "Fermi and Frost" won in 1986. Another notable late novel of his is Jem (1980), winner of the National Book Award. Pohl continues to write and had a new story, "Generations", published in September 2005. As of November 2006, he was working on a novel begun by Arthur C. Clarke with the provisional title "The Last Theorem". The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... Bantam Books (established 1945), owned by Random House, is a member of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ... Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. ... Dhalgren is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. ... Joanna Russ (born February 22, 1937), American writer and feminist, is the author of a number of works of Science Fiction (among other types of writing), including The Female Man, an aclaimed SF novel and pioneering meditation on how differing societies might produce very different versions of the same person... The Female Man is a feminist science fiction novel by Joanna Russ. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Heechee are a fictional alien race from the science fiction works of Frederik Pohl. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Book Awards is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. ... Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (born December 16, 1917) is a British science-fiction author and inventor, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. ...


His works include not only science fiction but also articles for Playboy and Family Circle. Playboy is an American Mens magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... Family Circle is an American womens magazine published 15 times a year by Meredith Corporation. ...


Works

Series

  • Heechee:
    • The Merchants of Venus (1972) (novella in The Gold at the Starbow's End)
    • Gateway (1976) (winner of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award)
    • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980)
    • Heechee Rendezvous (1985)
    • Annals of the Heechee (1987)
    • The Gateway Trip (1990)
    • The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of Gateway (2004)

Cover sample of Undersea Quest Book 1 in the Series. ... John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer considered by many the Dean of Science Fiction. [1] // Williamson spent his early childhood in western Texas. ... The Heechee are a fictional alien race from the science fiction works of Frederik Pohl. ... Gateway is a 1976 science fiction novel by Frederick Pohl. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Heechee Rendezvous is a sequel to the award-winning science fiction novel Gateway by Frederik Pohl. ... The Far Shore of Time is a science fiction by Frederik Phol which concludes the Eschaton Sequence and the adventures of Dan Dannerman, an American government agent of the near future who becomes involved with the discovery of advanced and warring aliens. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Consists of two novels by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. ... John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer considered by many the Dean of Science Fiction. [1] // Williamson spent his early childhood in western Texas. ... Author: Frederik Pohl, in collaboration with Jack Williamson Cover Art: David Mattingly The second book of the Saga of Cuckoo Series, the first was called Farthest Star. ... Farthest Star (ISBN 0345307003) is the first novel of the Saga of Cuckoo Series. ... The Starchild Trilogy was a series of three books written by Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. ... John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer considered by many the Dean of Science Fiction. [1] // Williamson spent his early childhood in western Texas. ... The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, 1953. ... Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923–March 21, 1958 — pen-names: Cecil Corwin, S.D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park) was a science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. ...

Other novels (not part of a series)

  • Search the Sky (1954) (with Cyril M. Kornbluth)
  • Gladiator at Law (1955) (with Cyril M. Kornbluth)
  • Preferred Risk (1955) (with Lester Del Rey)
  • Slave Ship (1956)
  • Wolfbane (1957) (with Cyril M. Kornbluth)
  • Presidential Year (1958) (with Cyril M. Kornbluth)
  • Drunkard's Walk (1960)
  • A Plague of Pythons (1964) (also called Demon in the Skull)
  • The Age of the Pussyfoot (1965)
  • Jem (1980)
  • The Cool War (1981)
  • Syzygy (1981)
  • Starburst (1982)
  • The Years of the City (1984)
  • Black Star Rising (1985)
  • The Coming of the Quantum Cats (1986)
  • Terror (1986)
  • Chernobyl (1987)
  • Land's End (1988) (with Jack Williamson)
  • The Day The Martians Came (1988)
  • Narabedla Ltd. (1988)
  • Homegoing (1989)
  • The World at the End of Time (1990)
  • Outnumbering the Dead (1990)
  • Stopping at Slowyear (1991)
  • The Singers of Time (1991) (with Jack Wiliamson)
  • Mining the Oort (1992)
  • The Voices of Heaven (1994)
  • O Pioneer! (1998)

Slave Ship is a 1956 short science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Drunkards Walk is a science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl. ... The Age of the Pussyfoot is a science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl, first published in 1965. ... The Coming of the Quantum Cats is a 1986 science fiction novel by American writer Frederick Pohl. ... The World at the End of Time is a 1990 science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl It follows the story of a young Earth-born human on a colony expedition to a faraway star system. ... Stopping at Slowyear (ISBN 0553294873) is a 1991 science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl. ...

Collections

  • Alternating Currents (1956)
  • The Case Against Tomorrow (1957)
  • Tomorrow Times Seven (1959)
  • The Man Who Ate the World (1960)
  • Turn Left At Thursday (1961)
  • The Wonder Effect (1962) (with Cyril M. Kornbluth)
  • The Abominable Earthman (1963)
  • Digits and Dastards (1966)
  • The Frederik Pohl Omnibus (1966)
  • Day Million (1970)
  • The Best of Frederik Pohl (1975)
  • In The Problem Pit (1976)
  • The Early Pohl (1976):
    • 'Elegy for a Dead Planet: Luna,' 1937, (writing as Elton Andrews) [a poem, his first published piece]
    • 'The Dweller in the Ice,' 1940, (writing as James MacCreigh)
    • 'The King's Eye,' 1940, (writing as James MacCreigh)
    • 'It's a Young World,' 1940, (writing as James MacCreigh)
    • 'Daughters of Eternity,' 1940, (writing as James MacCreigh)
    • 'Earth, Farewell!,' 1940, (writing as James MacCreigh)
    • 'Conspiracy on Callisto,' 1943, (writing as James MacCreigh)
    • 'Highwayman of the Void,' 1943, (writing under Dirk Wylie's name)
    • 'Double-Cross,' 1943, (writing as James MacCreigh)
  • Survival Kit (1979)
  • This Is My Best (1981)
  • Planets Three, 1982 (a collection of 3 novellas written as James MacCreigh):
    • 'Figurehead'
    • 'Red Moon of Danger'
    • 'Donovan Had a Dream'
  • Midas World (1983)
  • Pohlstars (1984)
  • BiPohl (1987)
  • Our Best: The Best of Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth (1987) (with C.M. Kornbluth)
  • Platinum Pohl (2005)

Alternating Currents is a collection of science fiction stories by Frederik Pohl first published by Ballantine Books in 1956 (ISBN #B000BH7ANM) Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus The Ghost Maker - Beyond Fantasy Fiction Jan. ... The Case Against Tomorrow is a collection of science fiction stories by Frederik Pohl first published by Ballantine Books in May 1957. ... Tomorrow Times Seven is a collection of science fiction stories by Frederik Pohl first published by Ballantine Books in July 1959. ... Turn Left at Thursday (ISBN 0-345-21747-0) is a collection of science fiction short stories by Frederik Pohl published by Ballantine in 1961. ... Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923–March 21, 1958 — pen-names: Cecil Corwin, S.D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park) was a science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. ... The Abominable Earthman is a collection of science fiction stories by Frederik Pohl first published by Ballantine Books in 1963. ... Day Million (ISBN 0330236067) is a collection of science fiction short stories by Frederik Pohl, published in 1971. ... Platinum Pohl is a collection of thirty science fiction stories by Frederik Pohl first published in December 2005 (ISBN 0312875274). ...

Autobiography

  • The Way the Future Was (1978)

Non-fiction

  • Tiberius (1960) (writing as Ernst Mason)
  • Practical Politics 1972 (1971)
  • Our Angry Earth (1991) (with Isaac Asimov)
  • Chasing Science: Science as Spectator Sport (2000)

Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920? – April 6, 1992, IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ...

References

  1. ^ Frederik Pohl: Chasing Science (October 2000), Locus Online, http://www.locusmag.com/2000/Issues/10/Pohl.html

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NAME Pohl, Frederik
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Andrews, Elton
SHORT DESCRIPTION American novelist, short story author, essayist, publisher, editor, and literary agent
DATE OF BIRTH November 26, 1919
PLACE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Frederik Pohl (born November 26, 1919) is a noted American science fiction writer and editor, with a career spanning over sixty years.
Among Pohl's wives was Judith Merril, also an important figure in the world of science fiction, with whom he had children.
Pohl continues to write as of late 2005 and had a new story, "Generations", published in September 2005.
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