Tags » Frederik Pohl

The best science fiction of the year 4, edited by Terry Carr

Another re-read of this collection of stories dating mainly from 1974. The surprising thing I found was how some of these stories had aged better than others; in more than one story set at some point in the early years of the 21st century or later, it was surprising how many of the protagonists had to find a telephone box to contact someone! 365 more words

Best science fiction of the year 13, edited by Terry Carr

Another of my re-reads of old collections, revealing interesting perspectives when looking at short stories with forty years’ (!) hindsight.

There are stories in this collection that are very much of their time but still resonate (Ian Watson’s ‘Slow birds’, which is an allegory of the cruise missile debate); there are some that seem very dated (Frederik Pohl’s ‘Servant of the people’, about civil rights for robots; and Robert Silverberg’s ‘Amanda and the Alien’). 142 more words

Advertising and Poetry

I’m currently reading The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth. It is a satire on the advertising industry, in which ad-men must persuade people to take a horrendous trip to an inhospitable Venus. 104 more words

Win the lottery, save the species

Today, I’m going to be Robinette Stetley Broadhead.

Now, odds are that you aren’t a SF geek, and so you don’t really have any idea who that is. 588 more words

Daily Prompts

The Space Merchants (1953) by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

It’s a jarring experience to read ‘50s SF after devoting a month to the ‘70s. After a set of socially critical, sometimes psychedelic reads with… 872 more words

Science Fiction

A Plethora Of Penguins Part Two

In the first part of this article published last week (here), I talked about the number of unfinished collections of Penguin books I have sitting on my library shelves and how frustrating a situation this is for an obsessive like me. 367 more words


Science Fiction Friday: Time Is On Your Side, Yes It Is

~Richard C.

My favorite part of the recent movie Interstellar (semi spoiler alert) was the character development when time started passing differently in the plot. Nothing terribly new about this in… 532 more words