Frederik Pohl was born in 1919. he was a member of the new York SF group, The Futurians, and much of his early work was written with other members (such as C.M. Kornbluth) under pseudonyms. Many of these stories were published in Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories while Pohl was editing both magazines from 1940-1943. After World War Two he became a literary agent, representing most of the major names in SF at the time. He started publishing under his own name in 1953, when he wrote The Space Merchants with Kornbluth. Pohl continued to publish under a variety of names while he was working at Galaxy Science Fiction and If. He was editor of both magazines from 1961 to 1969, and during this period, If won three Hugos for Best Magazine (1966-1968). Pohlâ€™s many short stories were collected and published in a series of books starting with Alternating Currents (1956). He continued to work with Kornbluth; novels from this period include Search the Sky (1954). Gladiator-at-Law (1955) and Wolfbane (1959). Pohl took up full time writing in mid 1969. his novel Man Plus (1976) won the Nebula award and the following year Gateway won the Hugo, the Nebula and the John W. Campbell Award. From 1974 to â€™76, Pohl was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. One of the most cosmopolitan and widely-travelled of SF writers, he was president of World SF from 1980 to â€™82.
Mitchell Courtenay, the narrator of this story, had three grave problems-his wife Kathy, who refused to finalize their conditional marriage; the planet Venus; and the Conservationists, commonly known as "e;Connies"e; an outlawed organization.Kathy, a brilliant surgeon, disliked Courtenay's ideals. As a young star class copysmith in Fowler Schocken Associates, the largest advertising agency on Earth, Courtenay was dedicated to the highest principle of this completely free enterprise society: Sales. Only through sales, he held, could the economy expand indefinitely. Kathy bitterly wanted to know why it had to, a question that, to Courtenay, was little short of commercial heresy. Courtenay is selected to head the Venus Project, a contract granted by the Incorporated United States of America to develop and exploit Earth's sister planet.Danger and mayhem ensue as Courtenay struggles to stay alive. . .Originally published as a 3-part serial in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine's June, July and August 1952 issues.
CAUTION!You are about to enter a world...where all engineering ingenuity has been employed for public spectacles of torture and deathwhere the stock market operates with pari-mutuel machineswhere a court clerk transcribes testimony on punch cards, then feeds it to a jury machinewhere the dream real-estate development of today has become a cracked-concrete savage jungleIn this world, young lawyer Charles Mundin battles a great combine of corporate interests-battles them in board meetings and in dark alleys-in a struggle that lays bare some brutal promises of the future...promises we are beginning to make right now."e;...wholly admirable, in both thinking and execution."e;-Galaxy"e;Reminiscent in vigor, bite and acumen to THE SPACE MERCHANTS"e;-Anthony Boucher."e;...possessed of a bite and savage vigor which makes it one of the outstanding science fiction novels of the year."e;-The New York Times"e;...a powerfully convincing story."e;-New York Herald Tribune
Frederik Pohl was one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, with a career that spanned 7 decades (and won him every major award in the field). Included are ten of his classic novels and short stories:PLAGUE OF PYTHONSTHE DAY OF THE BOOMER DUKESMY LADY GREENSLEEVESTHE TUNNEL UNDER THE WORLDPYTHIASSEARCH THE SKY (written with C. M. Kornbluth)THE HATEDTHE KNIGHTS OF ARTHURSURVIVAL KITPREFERRED RISK (written with Lester del Rey)AMY STOPS THE CLOCK (Bonus Mystery Story)DEATH FROM A FAMILY TREE (Bonus Mystery Story)If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "e;Wildside Press Megapack"e; to see more of the 280+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!
The Science Fiction Novel Super Pack #1 brings you ten full novels, and more than 1,500 pages of awe inspiring fiction. These are the novelists who shaped the field. Collectively these authors have won thirteen Hugo awards and four Nebula awards, while six of them have been named Grand Masters by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Collected here are: 'Empire' by Clifford D. Simak; 'Falcons of Narabedla' by Marion Zimmer Bradley; 'The Green Odyssey' by Philip Jose Farmer; 'The Stars, My Brothers' by Edmond Hamilton; 'The Time Traders' by Andre Norton; 'Deathworld' by Harry Harrison; 'Star Surgeon' by Alan E. Nourse; 'A Voyage to Arcturus' by David Lindsay; 'Preferred Risk' by Frederik Pohl & Lester del Rey; 'Space Tug' by Murray Leinster.
What is the fate of the colonists who went out from Earth to settle the far planets beyond our universe? Space-ships have been unable to evoke radar responses from these planets, and in a novel as well-written as it is ingenious, one man starts out from Halsey's Planet to find the answer. If there is one... A satirical science fiction novel first published in 1954.
After space, there was always one more river to cross . . . the far side of hatred and murder!
A cynical and compelling tale of politics, exploitation and colonisation on another planet The discovery of another habitable world might spell salvation to the three bitterly competing power blocs of the resource-starved 21st century; but when their representatives arrive on Jem, with its multiple intelligent species, they discover instead the perfect situation into which to export their rivalries. Subtitled, with savage irony, 'The Making of a Utopia', JEM is one of Frederik Pohl's most powerful novels.
Astronomer Harry Malibert is at an airport when nuclear war breaks out. Having been recognised by a fan, he is offered a seat on a plane to Iceland. Though most of Reykjav k has been destroyed by a thermonuclear weapon, the rest of the Iceland has been left untouched. Malibert and the remaining survivors must take advantage of Iceland's geology in preparing for the nuclear winter ahead of them, all the while calculating their chances of survival and contemplating the Fermi paradox: given the size and age of the universe, there ought to be many extraterrestrial civilisations, yet none has so far been found. Will Malibert and his group survive, and will they or their successors live to see proof of extraterrestrial civilisation?
In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world's most powerful executives.Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life. However, the most basic elements are incredibly scarce, including water and fuel.The planet Venus has just been visited and judged fit for human settlement, despite its inhospitable surface and climate; colonists would have to endure a harsh climate for many generations until the planet could be terraformed.Mitch Courtenay is a star-class copywriter in the Fowler Schocken advertising agency and has been assigned the ad campaign that would attract colonists to Venus, but a lot more is happening than he knows about. Mitch is soon thrown into a world of danger, mystery, and intrigue, where the people in his life are never quite what they seem, and his loyalties and core beliefs will be put to the test in Frederik Pohl's novel The Space Merchants.
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 passes 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.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
It is the 20th Century, an advertisement-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.
The award-winning account of a man changed beyond all recognition so that he can be part of a bold experiment to live on Mars Ill luck made Roger Torraway the subject of the Man Plus Programme, but it was deliberate biological engineering which turned him into a monster - a machine perfectly adapted to survive on Mars. For according to computer predictions, Mars is humankind's only alternative to extinction. But beneath his monstrous exterior, Torraway still carries a man's capacity for suffering.