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Frederik Pohl

There is also Frederick J. Pohl[?], an historian.

Frederik Pohl (born November 26, 1919) is an American science fiction writer and editor. In early adulthood, he lived in New York, and was a member of the Futurians fan group.

He was a friend and collobarator with C.M. Kornbluth, co-authoring a number of short stories with him and several novels, including a dystopian satire of a world ruled by the advertising agencies, The Space Merchants. In addition to The Space Merchants, 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 Corner, where flashy, overcomplex military hardware proves useless against farmers with shotguns, and The Tunnel Under the World, where an entire community is held captive by advertising researchers (this one-line summary omits several plot twists).

His more recent work, such as the Heechee series and Man Plus, continues to amaze, with his imagination as fresh as ever.

From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy science fiction magazine and its sister magazine If, winning the Hugo for If three years running.


  • Collaborations with Cyril M. Kornbluth:
    • The Space Merchants (1953)
    • Search the Sky (1954)
    • Gladiator at Law (1955)
    • Wolfbane (1957)
  • The Frederick pohl Omnibus (1966) (short stories)
  • Day Million (1971) (short stories)
  • The Wonder Effect (1974) (short stories) with Cyril M. Kornbluth)
  • Survival Kit (1979) (short stories)
  • The Man Who Ate the World (1979) (short stories)
  • The Cool War (1981)
  • Starburst (1982)
  • Man Plus (1982) (Winner of Nebula award)
  • The Merchants War (1985)
  • Slave Ship
  • Drunkard's Walk
  • The Age of the Pussyfoot (1965)
  • Jem (1980)
  • Narabedla Inc. (1988)
  • Mars Plus (1994) (with Thomas T. Thomas[?])
  • O Pioneer! (1998)
  • The Heechee series:
    • 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 Eschaton series:
    • The Other End of Time (1996)
    • The Siege of Eternity (1997)
    • The Far Shore of Time (1999)

He has published an autobiography, The Way the Future Was.

Frederik Pohl has won four Hugo awards. His works include not only science fiction but articles for Playboy and Family Circle[?].

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