Frederik Pohl Books In Order

Space Merchants Books In Publication Order

  1. The Space Merchants (1952)
  2. The Merchants’ War (1981)

Starchild Books In Publication Order

  1. The Reefs of Space (1963)
  2. Starchild (1965)
  3. Rogue Star (1969)

Saga Of Cuckoo Books In Publication Order

  1. Farthest Star (1975)
  2. Wall Around a Star (1983)

Heechee Saga Books In Publication Order

  1. Gateway (1977)
  2. Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980)
  3. Heechee Rendezvous (1984)
  4. The Annals of the Heechee (1987)
  5. The Boy Who Would Live Forever (1990)

Heechee Collections In Publication Order

  1. The Gateway Trip (1990)

Eschaton Sequence Books In Publication Order

  1. The Other End of Time (1996)
  2. The Siege of Eternity (1997)
  3. The Far Shore of Time (1999)

Man Plus Books In Publication Order

  1. Man Plus (1976)
  2. Mars Plus (By:Thomas T. Thomas) (1994)

Star Science Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (1953)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Search the Sky (With: C.M. Kornbluth) (1954)
  2. Gladiator-at-Law (With: C.M. Kornbluth) (1955)
  3. Preferred Risk (With: Lester del Rey) (1955)
  4. Presidential Year (With: C.M. Kornbluth) (1956)
  5. Slave Ship (1957)
  6. Wolfbane (With: C.M. Kornbluth) (1957)
  7. Drunkard’s Walk (1960)
  8. A Plague of Pythons (1965)
  9. The Age of the Pussyfoot (1969)
  10. Jem (1979)
  11. The Cool War (1981)
  12. Starburst (1982)
  13. Syzygy (1982)
  14. The Years of the City (1984)
  15. Demon in the Skull (1984)
  16. Black Star Rising (1985)
  17. The Coming of the Quantum Cats (1986)
  18. Terror (1986)
  19. Chernobyl (1987)
  20. Land’s End (With: Jack Williamson) (1988)
  21. Narabedla Ltd. (1988)
  22. The Day The Martians Came (1988)
  23. Homegoing (1989)
  24. The World at the End of Time (1990)
  25. Outnumbering the Dead (1990)
  26. The Singers of Time (With: Jack Williamson) (1991)
  27. Mining the Oort (1992)
  28. Stopping at Slowyear (1992)
  29. The Voices of Heaven (1994)
  30. O Pioneer! (1997)
  31. The Last Theorem (With: Arthur C. Clarke) (2008)
  32. All the Lives He Led (2011)
  33. Virtual Nightmare (2017)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Tunnel Under the World (1955)
  2. The Hated (1958)
  3. The Knights of Arthur (1958)
  4. Mammoth Books presents Fermi and Frost (1985)
  5. The Day of the Boomer Dukes (2011)
  6. Midas Plague (2020)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Alternating Currents (1956)
  2. The Case against Tomorrow (1956)
  3. Tomorrow Times Seven (1959)
  4. The Man Who Ate the World (1960)
  5. The Wonder Effect (1962)
  6. The Abominable Earthman (1963)
  7. Digits and Dastards (1966)
  8. Turn Left at Thursday (1969)
  9. Day Million (1970)
  10. The Gold at the Starbow’s End (1972)
  11. The Best of Frederik Pohl (1975)
  12. In the Problem Pit (1976)
  13. The Early Pohl (1976)
  14. Survival Kit (1979)
  15. Planets Three (1982)
  16. BIPOHL (1982)
  17. Midas World (1983)
  18. Pohlstars (1984)
  19. Platinum Pohl (2000)
  20. The Hated and Other Stories (2010)
  21. Works of Frederik Pohl[Illustrated] (2010)
  22. The Works of Frederik Pohl (2012)
  23. Adventures in Time and Space (2015)

Graphic Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Merchants of Venus (1986)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Prince Henry Sinclair (1951)
  2. Practical Politics 1972 (1971)
  3. The Viking settlements of North America (1972)
  4. The Way the Future Was (1978)
  5. Chasing Science (1980)
  6. Science Fiction Studies in Film (With: Frederik Pohl IV) (1981)
  7. The New Visions (1982)
  8. Our Angry Earth (1991)

Undersea Eden Books In Publication Order

  1. Undersea Quest (1954)
  2. Undersea Fleet (1956)
  3. Undersea City (1958)

SF Authors Choice Books In Publication Order

  1. SF Authors’ Choice 2 (By:Harry Harrison) (1970)
  2. SF Authors’ Choice 3 (By:Harry Harrison) (1973)

Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Books In Publication Order

  1. H. Beam Piper: A Biography (2008)
  2. The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science: Collected Essays on SF Storytelling and the Gnostic Imagination (2009)
  3. The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction (2013)

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986)
  2. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection (1994)
  3. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997)

The SFWA Grand Masters Books In Publication Order

  1. The SFWA Grand Masters 1 (With: L. Sprague de Camp) (1999)
  2. The SFWA Grand Masters 2 (By:Alfred Bester) (2000)
  3. The SFWA Grand Masters 3 (2001)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Star Science Fiction Stories No. 1 (1953)
  2. Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (1953)
  3. Star Science Fiction Stories 3 (1955)
  4. Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1963 (1963)
  5. Dangerous Visions (1967)
  6. The Eighth Galaxy Reader (1968)
  7. Backdrop of Stars (1968)
  8. Worlds of If, February 1969 (1969)
  9. The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 20th Series (1973)
  10. Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader (1973)
  11. Wondermakers 2 (1974)
  12. Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology (1974)
  13. Science Fiction Discoveries (1976)
  14. The Best Science Fiction of the Year 12 (1983)
  15. The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985)
  16. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986)
  17. Tales from the Planet Earth (1986)
  18. The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992)
  19. Murasaki (1992)
  20. Inside the Funhouse (1992)
  21. The Furthest Horizon (2000)
  22. The Best of the Best, Vol 2 (2007)
  23. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010)
  24. Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, February 1955 (2011)
  25. Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories (2011)
  26. The Ninth Science Fiction Megapack (2014)

Space Merchants Book Covers

Starchild Book Covers

Saga Of Cuckoo Book Covers

Heechee Saga Book Covers

Heechee Collections Book Covers

Eschaton Sequence Book Covers

Man Plus Book Covers

Star Science Fiction Book Covers

Standalone Novels Book Covers

Short Stories/Novellas Book Covers

Short Story Collections Book Covers

Graphic Novels Book Covers

Non-Fiction Book Covers

Undersea Eden Book Covers

SF Authors Choice Book Covers

Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Covers

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Book Covers

The SFWA Grand Masters Book Covers

Anthologies Book Covers

Frederik Pohl Books Overview

The Space Merchants

It is the 20th Century, an advertiseme*nt drenched world in which the big ad agencies dominate governments and everything else. Now Schoken Associates, one of the big players, has a new challenge for star copywriter Mitch Courtenay. Volunteers are needed to colonise Venus. It’s a hellhole, and nobody who knew anything about it would dream of signing up. But by the time Mitch has finished, they will be queuing to get on board the spaceships.


Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe…
and on reaches of unimaginable horror. When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is…
in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!THE HEECHEE SAGABook One:GatewayBook Two:BEYOND THE BLUE EVENT HORIZONBook Three: HEECHEE RENDEZVOUSBook Four: THE ANNALS OF THE HEECHEEFrom the Paperback edition.

Beyond the Blue Event Horizon

In Book Two of the Heechee Saga, Robinette Broadhead is on his way to making a fortune by bankrolling an expedition to the Food Factory a Heechee spaceship that can graze the cometary cloud and transfor the basic elements of the universe into untold quantities of food. But even as he gambles on the breakthrough technology, he is wracked with the guilt of losing his wife, poised forever at the ‘event horizon’ of a black hole where Robin had abaondoned her. As more and more information comes back from the expedition, Robin grows ever hopeful that he can rescue his beloved Gelle Klara Moynlin. After three and a years, the factory is discovered to work, and a human is found aboard. Robin’s suffering may be just about over…
. THE HEECHEE SAGABook One: GatewayBook Two: Beyond the Blue Event HorizonBook Three: Heechee RendezvousBook Four: The Annals of the HeecheeFrom the Paperback edition.

Heechee Rendezvous

‘The Heechee are one of the great creations of science fiction.’Jack WilliamsonAfter millennia had passed, Mankind discovered the Heechee legacy an alien culture that fled to the reative safety of a black hole in particular an asteroid stocked with autonavigating spacecraft. Robinette Broadhead, who had led the expedition that unlocked the many secrets of Heechee technology, is now forced once more to make a perilous voyage into space where the Heechee are waiting. And this time the future of Man is at stake…

The Annals of the Heechee

At last the ultimate book in the renowned Heechee Saga!Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine people. But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silence, and threatens the lives of all heechee and humans. Even Robin, virtually immortal and with unlimited access to millennia of accumulated data, cannot discover how to stop these aliens. It began to seem that only a face to face meeting could determine the future of the entire universe…

The Boy Who Would Live Forever

In 1977 Frederik Pohl stunned the science fiction world with the publication of Gateway, one of the most brilliantly entertaining SF novels of all time. Gateway was a bestseller and won science fiction’s triple crown: the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards for best novel. Now, more than twenty five years later, Pohl has completed a new novel set in the Gateway universe. The Boy Who Would Live Forever has a sense of wonder and excitement that will satisfy those who loved Gateway and will delight new readers as well. In Gateway, long after the alien Heechee abandoned their space station, Gateway as humans dubbed it allowed humans to explore new worlds. The Heechee, alarmed by the alien Kugel whose goal was to destroy all organic lifeforms, had already retreated to the galactic core where they now lived in peace. Now, in The Boy Who Would Live Forever, humans with dreams of life among the stars are joining the Heechee at the core, to live there along with those humans and Heechee whose physical bodies have died and their minds stored in electronic memory so that their wisdom pas*ses down through the ages. Their peace is threatened by the Kugel, who may yet attack the core. But a much greater threat is the human Wan Enrique Santos Smith, whose blind loathing of the Heechee fuels an insane desire to destroy them and, incidentally, every living being in the galaxy. Stan and Estrella, two young people from Earth, went to Gateway looking for adventure, and found each other. They settle among the Heechee on Forested Planet of Warm Old Star Twenty Four, never suspecting that they may be the last best hope to save the galaxy. But with allies like Gelle Klara Moynlin one of the galaxy’s richest women, who isn’t content to just have money, but wants to use her wealth for good, and machine mind Marc Antony a wonderful chef to thousands of living and stored clients, they are destined to contend with Wan’s terrible plan. Frederik Pohl has woven together the lives of these and other memorable characters to create a masterful new novel.

The Other End of Time

Earth, 2031: Alien contact. Signals are received: a crude depiction of creatures pantomiming the cataclysmic destruction of the universe. Soon after, scientists note unusual radiation emanating from an abandoned Earth orbital observatory. When a group of scientists and astronauts board the observatory to investigate, they are taken prisoner. An unsuspecting Earth has just become part of a vast interstellar war. For the human prisoners, this minor skirmish in a vast war becomes a fantastic adventure. The hunters become the hunted, the prey the predators, and nothing is as it seems. The only sure thing is that the winners will rule eternity at…
The Other End of Time.

The Siege of Eternity

The aliens aren’t coming. They’re here. We’ve captured some of them. Are they our saviors, or are they out to destroy us? We’ve seen no spaceships, received no ultimatums but the aliens may have a more insidious plot…
. Government agent Dan Dannerman and astronomer Patrice Adcock were kidnapped by the aliens and have been returned in altered states, cloned and implanted with strange devices. To what end?Before the reasons behind their abduction can be made clear, a wave of extremist threats and terrorist attacks sweeps the globe. Are the attacks a reaction to the aliens’ arrival or a part of their plan? A race around the earth and into space begins, as humankind desperately tries to prevent the aliens from establishing a beachhead no Earth. The siege has begun.

The Far Shore of Time

Dan Dannerman has been through hell. Caught in the middle of an interstellar war that will end only with the death of the universe, he’s been captured by aliens who call themselves the Beloved Leaders, cloned repeatedly, torn from his wife, and brutally tortured. Sitting in a prison cell on an alien world, slowly going mad, Dan is finally freed by the Horch, the sword enemies of the Beloved Leaders. The time has finally come for Dannerman to strike back but at whom?Trusting neither side, Dannerman must somehow convince the Horch to send him back to Earth so he can warn humanity of the approaching alien menace. But when he finally returns he finds an Earth far stranger than he can possibly imagine, an Earth that already has two Dan Dannermans an Earth already under seige by the Beloved Leaders…

Man Plus

Volunteering to be the next transformed cyborg of the Man Plus Project for the colonization of Mars, Roger Torroway is unaware that the Project is being secretly manipulated by an unknown group of shadowy planners.

Preferred Risk (With: Lester del Rey)

The Company was a powerful, efficient, and monstrous insurance organization that controlled the entire world, scientifically regulating everything in life: war, epidemics, one a day food pills and test tube sex…
all through the use of its patented, terrifying human deep freeze vault. Claims Adjuster Wills, a great believer in the Company, begins to have second thoughts when he meets beautiful and sorrowful Rena, whose radical father lies in a frozen subterranean vault.

Wolfbane (With: C.M. Kornbluth)

The Earth has been ripped from the Sun by a runaway planet, whose inhabitants have their own plans for Earth’s resources. Humankind is dying out, but there are those who defy convention and refuse to give in. Feared by ordinary citizens, these Wolves are preparing to fight back against the aliens.


THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTESTThe crew of the Constitution scientists astronauts had been carefully screened for extremely high intelligence and superb physical qualities. They were to be the first explorers sent to another stellar system. There they would explore the planet Alpha Aleph and then return. They were the toast of the world press true heroes, for they were to go where no man had gone before. Or so they thought. Dr. Dieter von Knefhausen knew otherwise for there was no planet, no place to go…
and no place from which to return. Knefhuasen had planned it that way. Of course, Knefhausen realized his plan wasn’t exactly ethical. But then, he knew the ends often justify the means. And Knefhausen’s plan worked better then even he had ever hoped!

The Years of the City

In the New York City of the next century, twin domes over Manhattan control extremes of weather, illegal hang gliding is common, and many old problems have been solved but the rage of some Gothamites cannot be controlled. PW. NYT.

The Coming of the Quantum Cats

This book was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. Together, the more than one hundred UC Libraries comprise the largest university research library in the world, with over thirty five million volumes in their holdings. This book and hundreds of thousands of others can be found online in the HathiTrust Digital Library. HP’s patented BookPrep technology was used to clean artifacts resulting from use and digitization, improving your reading experience.

Land’s End (With: Jack Williamson)

When Comet Sicara brushed near enough to strip the ozone layer form the Earth’s atmosphere, civilization effectively ended in fact, life on Earth was nearly extinguished. But the underwater cities survived, and some heavily protected land enclaves as well. When the ‘ozone summer’ years were ending, submarine captain Ron Tregarth rediscovered his lost love, Graciela Navarro. but their triumph against all odds was only the beginning, for the alien known as the Eternal stood between them and threatened to destroy all they held dearest. The Eternal’s goal was to absorb the minds of every living thing, to create a death in life to enslave the planet.

Narabedla Ltd.

Years ago, Nolly Stennis had been a promising baritone. On the threshold of a great career with Narabedla Ltd., illness had ruined his voice. Then a cellist friend received an offer from Narabedla, only to disappear shortly thereafter. When Nolly set out to investigate, he found intergalatic intrigue beyond imagination. Now Narabedla is determined to keep him quiet by making his greatest dreams come true…

The Day The Martians Came

Henry Steegman is hardly ‘Mr. Personality’ aboard the Mars bound Algonquin 9. Yet it is he who bungles upon the spectacular Macy’s like city beneath the Red Planet’s crust. For better or worse, the name Steegman will be immortalized by a discovery that will transform millions of lives.


Sandy Washington was a pretty normal guy. The only unusual thing about him was that Sandy had been raised by aliens on their spaceship. The Hakh’hli had done everything they could to give Sandy an Earth type boyhood. Now, finally, the Hakh’hli were bringing Sandy home to Earth. And while they were at it, they intended to give humanity some extraordinary gifts. The Hakh’hli seemed to have Sandy’s and humanity’s best interests at heart. But the people of Earth weren’t so sure…

The Voices of Heaven

Barry di Hoa had the good life on the Moon: steady work and the love of a good woman. But a rival slipped him a mickey, and he next awoke aboard Gerald Tscharka’s ship as it neared the colony planet, Pava, eighteen light years away. Pava was the frontier, complete with earthquakes, primitive conditions and hard physical work. The local ‘doctor’ wouldn’t treat Barry’s little manic depressive problem without medicine from the Moon. And the Millernarist colonists, who thought suicide was cool fun, didn’t thrill him. Then he made friends with the leps. The large, caterpillar like, odd speaking gentle beasts were helping the humans to fashion a life on their planet. In their strange way, they knew things about Pava that might make the difference in the colony’s survival. He started to believe he could really enjoy life in this fragile paradise. Except Tscharka was up to soemthing bad, something that would change eveyrthing. Barry knew only he could stop the mad captian, and the captain knew it, too. What neither knew was whether Barry could be manic enough to do it.

O Pioneer!

The overcrowded Earth isn’t room enough for Evesham Giyt, a solitary and brilliant computer hacker who yearns for the long gone frontiers of the past. Chasing stories of unspoiled beauty and endless possibility, he takes a leap across the stars to the rugged colony world of Tupelo and soon finds himself a respected member of the community and mayor of the colony’s human population. Humanity isn’t the first race to colonize Tupelo: as mayor, Giyt is part of a council of races trying to peacefully coexist despite wildly disparate cultures and traditions. But as Giyt learns to like his alien neighbors, he begins to realize that his fellow humans may have other plans for Tupelo, plans that don’t include peace but do include lots of dead aliens. It will be up to Giyt to crack the human conspiracy and carve out a future for all of Tupelo…
before it gets him killed!

The Last Theorem (With: Arthur C. Clarke)

Two of science fiction’s most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and his fellow founding father of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke, is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the late, great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Last Theorem is a story of one man s mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all but omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together…
or perish. In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem: I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics a search that didn t end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150 page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat s time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous Last Theorem. When Ranjit writes a three page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit together with his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, and their burgeoning family finds himself swept up in world shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone on Earth, an alien fleet is approaching the planet at a significant percentage of the speed of light. Their mission: to exterminate the dangerous species of primates known as ho*mo sapiens.

The Tunnel Under the World

On the morning of June 15th, Guy Burckhardt woke up screaming out of a dream. It was more real than any dream he had ever had in his life. He could still hear and feel the sharp, ripping metal explosion, the violent heave that had tossed him furiously out of bed, the searing wave of heat. He sat up convulsively and stared, not believing what he saw, at the quiet room and the bright sunlight coming in the window. He croaked, ‘Mary?’ Pinching yourself is no way to see if you are dreaming. Surgical instruments? Well, yes but a mechanic’s kit is best of all!

The Day of the Boomer Dukes

Just as medicine is not a science, but rather
an art a device, practised in a scientific manner,
in its best manifestations time travel stories
are not science fiction. Time travel, however,
has become acceptable to science fiction readers
as a traditional device in stories than are
otherwise admissible in the genre. Here, Frederik
Pohl employs it to portray the amusingly
catastrophic meeting of three societies.

excerpt from the introductory: I Foraminifera 9

Paptaste udderly, semped sempsemp dezhavoo, qued schmerz Excuse me. I mean to say that it was like an endless diet of days, boring, tedious…

No, it loses too much in the translation. Explete my reasons, I say. Do my reasons matter? No, not to you, for you are troglodytes, knowing nothing of causes, understanding only acts. Acts and facts, I will give you acts and facts.

First you must know how I am called. My ‘name’ is Foraminifera 9 Hart Bailey’s Beam, and I am of adequate age and size. If you doubt this, I am prepared to fight. Once the the tediety of life, as you might say, had made itself clear to me, there were, of course, only two alternatives. I do not like to die, so that possibility was out; and the remaining alternative was flight.

Naturally, the necessary machinery was available to me. I arrogated a small viewing machine, and scanned the centuries of the past in the hope that a sanctuary might reveal itself to my aching eyes. Kwel tediety that was! Back, back I went through the ages. Back to the Century of the Dog, back to the Age of the Crippled Men. I found no time better than my own. Back and back I peered, back as far as the Numbered Years. The Twenty Eighth Century was boredom unendurable, the Twenty Sixth a morass of dullness. Twenty Fifth, Twenty Fourth wherever I looked, tediety was what I found.

I snapped off the machine and considered. Put the problem thus: Was there in all of the pages of history no age in which a 9 Hart Bailey’s Beam might find adventure and excitement? There had to be! It was not possible, I told myself, despairing, that from the dawn of the dreaming primates until my own time there was no era at all in which I could be happy? Yes, I suppose happiness is what I was looking for. But where was it? In my viewer, I had fifty centuries or more to look back upon. And that was, I decreed, the trouble; I could spend my life staring into the viewer, and yet never discover the time that was right for me. There were simply too many eras to choose from. It was like an enormous library in which there must, there had to be, contained the one fact I was looking for that, lacking an index, I might wear my life away and never find.


Platinum Pohl

Platinum Pohl is the first collection to collect all of the essential works of Frederik Pohl. First and foremost, Pohl is a master of the science fiction short story. For more than fifty years he has been writing incisive, entertaining SF stories, several hundred in all. Even while writing his bestselling triple crown Hugo, Nebula, Campbell Award novel Gateway and the other Heechee Saga novels, he has always written short fiction. Now, for the first time, he has gathered together the best of his many stories. Spanning the decades, these tales are in their way a living history of science fiction. Because Frederik Pohl has been on the frontlines of the field since the halcyon days of the late 1930s, and has written short stories in every decade since. And because he has always been a keen observer of the human condition and the world that is shaped by it, his stories reflect the currents of political movements, social trends, major events that have shaken the world…
Yet at their core, all his stories are most acutely concerned with people. All sorts of people. Some are people you’ll love, some you’ll hate. But you will need to find out what happens to the people who inhabit these stories. Because Frederik Pohl imbues his characters with a depth and individuality that makes them as real as people you see every day. Of course, he also employs a mind boggling variety of scientific ideas and science fictional tropes with which his characters must interact. And he does it all with seemingly no effort at all. That’s some trick. Not everyone can do that…
but that’s why he was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by his peers in the Science Fiction Writers of America. Here are his two Hugo Award winning stories, ‘Fermi and Frost’ and ‘The Meeting’ with C. M. Kornbluth, along with such classic novellas as the powerful ‘The Gold at the Starbow’s End’ and ‘The Greening of Bed Stuy,’ and stories such as ‘Servant of the People,’ ‘Shaffery Among the Immortals,’ and ‘Growing Up in Edge City,’ all finalists for major awards. And dozens of other tales, like the wonderful ‘The Mayor of Mare Tranq’ and the provocative ‘The Day the Martians Landed’ and many others. Altogether, a grand collection of thought provoking, entertaining science fiction by one of the all time greats!

Prince Henry Sinclair

In 1398, Venician sailor Zeno crossed the Atlantic with a ‘Prince of the Islands, ‘ leaving a description of his exploration. Pohl pieced together the evidence, identifying the prince as Henry Sinclair. Using patient research and an astonishing piece of calligraphic detective work, he reveals the purpose of this voyage.

Chasing Science

Join science fiction master Frederik Pohl as he takes readers on a wonder filled non fictional journey from the ends of the earth to the edges of the universe. Part memoir, part travel guide, and part science primer, Chasing Science is Pohl’s way of sharing the thrills and excitement of his life long love affair with science. With the skill and storytelling zest that has made his award winning science fiction popular the world over, Pohl brings to readers of Chasing Science all the excitement and fun that he’s had throughout his life, as he has observed first hand the process of scientific discovery. From tours of museums and national laboratories to a journey into the heart of a volcano, Pohl shows readers of all ages how and where they can experience the thrill of seeing various kinds of science, up close and personal. This book is a perfect item for visitors to any of the several hundred hands on science museums like The Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Field Museum in Chicago, and others across the country, a complete list of which appears as an appendix.

Our Angry Earth

Two masters of science fiction take a serious look at the fate of the earth that describes the consequences of human ‘progress’ on the planet and offers suggestions for healing.

H. Beam Piper: A Biography

H. Beam Piper is one of science fiction’s most enigmatic writers. In 1946 Piper appeared seemingly from out of nowhere, already at the top of his form. He published a number of memorable short stories in the premier science fiction magazine of the time, Astounding Science Fiction, under legendary editor John W. Campbell. Piper quickly became friends with many of the top writers of the day, including Lester Del Rey, Fletcher Pratt, Robert Heinlein and L. Sprague de Camp. Piper also successfully made the turn from promising short story writer to major novelist, authoring Four Day Planet, Cosmic Computer, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and Little Fuzzy, which was nominated for a Hugo award. Even those who counted Piper among their friends knew very little about the man or his life as a railroad yard bull in Altoona, Pennsylvania. This biography illuminates H. Beam Piper, both the writer and the man, and answers lingering questions about his death. Appendices include a number of Piper’s personal papers, a complete bibliography of Piper’s works, and an essay on Piper’s Terro Human Future History series.

The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science: Collected Essays on SF Storytelling and the Gnostic Imagination

A member of the Pulitzer Prize jury, the late Frank McConnell helped science fiction gain standing as serious literature. His 16 essays herein were first presented as papers at the prestigious Eaton Conferences. Initially believing that science fiction is primarily one of many forms of storytelling, McConnell gradually recognized science fiction as a modern expression of Gnosticism, rejecting bodily concerns for an emphasis on spirituality.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection

Third in series, winner of the 1987 Locus Poll Award, Best Anthology. Contents include Introduction: Summation: 1985, essay by Gardner Dozois; The Jaguar Hunter, by Lucius Shepard nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1985 World Fantasy Award; Dogfight, by Michael Swanwick and William Gibson nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; Fermi and Frost, by Frederik Pohl winner, 1986 Hugo Award; Green Days in Brunei, by Bruce Sterling nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Snow, by John Crowley nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; The Fringe, by Orson Scott Card nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things, by Karen Joy Fowler; Sailing to Byzantium, by Robert Silverberg winner, 1985 Nebula Award; nominated, 1986 Hugo Award; Solstice, by James Patrick Kelly; Duke Pasquale’s Ring, novella by Avram Davidson; More Than the Sum of His Parts, by Joe Haldeman nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Out of All Them Bright Stars, by Nancy Kress Winner, 1985 Nebula Award; Side Effects, by Walter Jon Williams; The Only Neat Thing to Do, by James Tiptree, Jr. nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; winner, 1986 Locus Poll Award; Dinner in Audoghast, by Bruce Sterling nominated, 1986 Hugo Award; Under Siege, by George R. R. Martin 1986 Locus Poll Award, 6th Place; Flying Saucer Rock & Roll, by Howard Waldrop nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award; A Spanish Lesson, by Lucius Shepard Locus Poll Award, 11th Place; Roadside Rescue, by Pat Cadigan; Paper Dragons, by James P. Blaylock winner, 1986 World Fantasy Award; nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Magazine Section, by R. A. Lafferty; The War at Home, by Lewis Shiner 1986 Locus Poll Award, 21st Place; Rockabye Baby, by S. C. Sykes nominated, 1985 Nebula Award; Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson nominated, 1985 Nebula Award, 1986 Hugo Award.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection

Join twenty eight of today’s finest writers for a host of imaginative tours through worlds as fabulous as the farthest galaxy and as strange as life on earth can be. Among the talented story tellers in this volume are: Stephen Baxter, James P. Blaylock, Tony Daniel, Gregory Feeley, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Robert Reed, Michael Sanwick, Cherry Wilder, Walter Jon Williams, Gene Wolfe, Steven Utley, and many more of tomorrow’s leading imaginations. Gardener Dozois’s summary of the year in science fiction and a long list of honorable mentions round out this volume, making it the one book for anyone who’s interested in SF today.

The SFWA Grand Masters 1 (With: L. Sprague de Camp)

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented, by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. The Grand Master Award is given to a living author for a lifetime’s achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Frederik Pohl, an eminent figure in science fiction, has been authorized by the SFWA to edit an anthology in three big volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand Masters. These are the seminal writers of the modern SF field, whose works are of dominant importance and influence. This series of collections is a permanent record of greatness in SF. Volume Three, presenting the last five writers to receive the Grand Master award, features the fiction of Lester Del Rey, Frederik Pohl, Damon Knight, A. E. Van Vogt, Jack Vance.

The SFWA Grand Masters 2 (By:Alfred Bester)

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented, by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. The Grand Master Award is given to a living author for a lifetime’s achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Frederik Pohl, an eminent figure in science fiction, has been authorized by the SFWA to edit an anthology in three big volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand Masters. These are the seminal writers of the modern SF field, whose works are of dominant importance and influence. This series of collections is a permanent record of greatness in SF. Volume Three, presenting the last five writers to receive the Grand Master award, features the fiction of Lester Del Rey, Frederik Pohl, Damon Knight, A. E. Van Vogt, Jack Vance.

The SFWA Grand Masters 3

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented, by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. The Grand Master Award is given to a living author for a lifetime’s achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Frederik Pohl, an eminent figure in science fiction, has been authorized by the SFWA to edit an anthology in three big volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand Masters. These are the seminal writers of the modern SF field, whose works are of dominant importance and influence. This series of collections is a permanent record of greatness in SF. Volume Three, presenting the last five writers to receive the Grand Master award, features the fiction of Lester Del Rey, Frederik Pohl, Damon Knight, A. E. Van Vogt, Jack Vance.

Dangerous Visions

Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison’s 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards not surpising with a contributors list that reads like a who’s who of 20th century SF: Samuel D. Delany, Philip K. Dick, Brian Aldiss, Roger Zelazny, Philip Jose Farmer, Fritz Leiber, Larry Niven and Robert Silverberg. Unavailable for 15 years, this huge anthology now returns to print, as relevant now as when it was first published.

The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction

Vintage, 1985 paperback, Zebra Books, 479 pages. This is a collection of short stories from Omni magazine some of the language is objectionable.

Tales from the Planet Earth

A collection of science fiction stories revolves around the theme of human and alien co existing in one body. 1986 New York: St. Martin’s Press, hardcover Collaborative novel with nineteen contributors, including Pohl, Hull, Spider Robinson, Somtow Sucharitkul, Harry Harrison, Brian W. Aldiss, A. Bertram Chandler, Joseph Nesvadba, and others.

The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

This is the definitive collection of the twentieth century’s most characteristic genre science fiction. The tales are organized chronologically to give readers a sense of how the genre’s range, vitality, and literary quality have evolved over time. Each tale offers a unique vision, an altered reality, a universe all its own. Readers can sample H.G. Well’s 1903 story ‘The Land Ironclads’ which predicted the stalemate of trench warfare and the invention of the tank, Jack Williamson’s ‘The Metal Man,’ a rarely anthologized gem written in 1928, Clifford D. Simak’s 1940s classic, ‘Desertion,’ set on ‘the howling maelstrom that was Jupiter,’ Frederik Pohl’s 1955 ‘The Tunnel Under the World’ with its gripping first line, ‘On the morning of June 15th, Guy Burckhardt woke up screaming out of a dream’, right up to the current crop of writers, such as cyberpunks Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, whose 1982 story ‘Burning Chrome’ foreshadows the idea of virtual reality, and David Brin’s ‘Piecework,’ written in 1990. In addition, Shippey provides an informative Introduction, examining the history of the genre, its major themes, and its literary techniques.


After twenty years of travel, the first ships bearing humans arrive in the Murasaki system, where they encounter the inhabitants of Murasaki‘s two mysterious worlds and where they unravel the mysteries of an alien ecosystem.

Inside the Funhouse

A collection of seventeen tales of science fiction features works by Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Frederik Pohl, George Alec Effinger, Jane Yolen, Ian Watson, Barry N. Malzberg, Patricia Nurse, and others.

The Best of the Best, Vol 2

For more than twenty years The Year’s Best Science Fiction has been recognized as the best collection of short science fiction writing in the universe and an essential resource for every science fiction fan. In 2005 the original Best of the Best collected the finest short stories from that series and became a benchmark in the SF field. Now, for the first time ever, Hugo Award winning editor Gardner Dozios sifts through hundreds of stories and dozens of authors who have gone on to become some of the most esteemed practitioners of the form, to bring readers the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels from his legendary series. Included are such notable short novels as: Sailing to Byzantium by Robert SilverbergIn the fiftieth century, people of Earth are able to create entire cities on a whim, including those of mythology and legend. When twentieth century traveler Charles Philip accidentally lands in this aberrant time period, he is simultaneously obsessed with discovering more about this alluring world and getting back home. But in a world made entirely of man’s creation, things are not always as they seem on the surface. Forgiveness Day by Ursula K. Le GuinLe Guin returns to her Hainish settled interstellar community, the Edumen, to tell the tale of two star crossed lovers who are literally worlds apart in this story of politics, violence, religion, and cultural disparity. Turquoise Days by Alastair ReynoldsOn a sea wold planet covered with idyllic tropical oceans, peace seems pervasive. Beneath the placid water lurks an ominous force that has the potential to destroy all tranquility. Contributors include: Greg Egan; Joe Haldeman; James Patrick Kelly; Nancy Kress; Ursula K. Le Guin; Ian R. MacLeod; Ian McDonald; Maureen F. McHugh; Frederick Pohl; Alastair Reynolds; Robert Silverberg; Michael Swanwick; Walter Jon Williams With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best, Volume 2 stands as the ultimate anthology of short science fiction novels ever published in the world.

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction features over a 150 years’ worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century to the digital age of today. A free online teacher’s guide at www. wesleyan. edu/wespress/sfanthologyguide accompanies the anthology and offers access to a host of pedagogical aids for using this book in an academic setting. The stories in this anthology have been selected and introduced by the editors of Science Fiction Studies, the world’s most respected journal for the critical study of science fiction.

Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories

Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the ‘favorite’ books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time travel as a solid sub genre of science fiction. An indication of the influence and longevity of the book is by the number of best selling writers who have written stories in direct response to, or influenced by, Lest Darkness Fall. This new volume also includes three such stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S. M. Stirling written over a period of forty three years a testament to the timelessness of the book. Similar, thematically, to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the book tells the tale of Martin Padway who, as he is walking around in modern Rome, is suddenly transported though time to 6th Century Rome. Once in ancient Rome, Padway now Martinus Paduei Quastor embarks on an ambitious project of single handedly changing history. L. Sprague de Camp was a student of history and the author of a number of popular works on the subject. In Lest Darkness Fall he combines his extensive knowledge of the workings of ancient Rome with his extraordinary imagination to create one of the best books of time travel ever written.

Related Authors

Leave a Comment