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Frederik Pohl


Frederik George Pohl, Jr. (1919 – ) is an American Science Fiction author, author’s agent, magazine/book editor and SF fan, with a professional career in SF spanning more than sixty years. Pohl edited SF magazines for nearly two decades, off and on, and worked as a literary agent for a decade or so, but he primarily known as a Science Fiction author.  Pohl’s writings are often identifiable by distinctive themes and settings. Themes like psychiatry, sexuality, satire, and advertising appear in his fiction often, along with many other unique ideas. 
From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine if, winning the Hugo for if three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.


From Librivox.Org:

1.  The Knights of Arthur - Sailors Sam Dunlap and Arthur check in to a New York hotel to await their mate Vern Engdahl when a girl shows up proposing to purchase Arthur. They need guys like Arthur to help run the city, and the fact that he fits in a small suitcase is even better. – The Knights of Arthur was first published in the January 1958 edition of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. 

2.  The Day of the Boomer Dukes  (6th story in Sci Fi Collection # 11)

3.  The Hated  (3rd story in Sci Fi Collection # 23)

4.  Pythias  (7th story in Sci Fi Collection # 31)

5.  The Day of the Boomer Dukes by Frederik Pohl (3rd play in One Act Play Collection # 05) - Just as medicine is not a science, but rather an art -- a device, practiced in a scientific manner, in its best manifestations -- time-travel stories, some would argue, are not science fiction. But whether they are or aren't, time-travel has become acceptable to science fiction readers as a traditional device in stories some might call admissible in the genre. Here, Frederik Pohl employs it to portray the amusingly catastrophic meeting of three societies.

6.  Tunnel Under the World - This famous Pohl story explores cybernetic robots and implanted personalities in a way that certainly expanded my way of looking at reality. Is that wall really real? or is it just kinda, sorta real? And who am I? The protagonist, Guy Burckhardt, wakes up screaming from a horrible dream of explosions, searing fire, choking gas and other terrible ways to die. But he wakes up so it must have been just a bad nightmare, right? To find out that piece of information you will need to listen to this inventive and scary story.

7.  The Knights of Arthur - Pohl takes us into the future in this quirky and funny story, where the population of the Unite States is less than 10,000 people .... total. Yes you guessed it, there was a war but the 'clean' bombs killed people and left most everything else intact. Our trio of 'Knights' are not very talented or smart or brave but they have survived very well and now are taking on New York City to fulfill a quest of Arthur. You see, Arthur has no legs. Or arms. Or body. But he is very opinionated nevertheless. Listen to this fascinating story that is full of humor and human nature as only Pohl can do it.

8.  Search the Sky - Ross was a junior trader on Halsey's Planet, and had great prospects but was not happy at all. Everything smelled of decay. The whole planet seemed to be slowly disappearing, the population dwindling month by month and year by year and yet no one seemd to care or even notice. Something was very, very wrong. When the first interstellar transport in 30 years arrived on Halsey's Planet, it brought things to a head. The ship had touched on six other colony worlds - and all six had been devoid of human life. Where was everybody? It was almost as if humankind, when separated by cosmic distances from Mother Earth, could not survive. He didn't know the answer but he knew it all smelled highly of decay. Decay and Rot. This highly praised novel by C.M.Kornbluth and Frederick Pohl was first published in 1954 was seen as a wonderful satire on various trends in the society of the 1950's

9.  Plague of Pythons - In a post-apocalyptic world where every government in the world has been overrun by its own military machinery, only to see that military machinery self-destruct, people are randomly being affected by a plague that seemingly takes over their brains and forces them to commit heinous crimes. Chandler is one of these unfortunate victims, the perpetrator of rape and murder. He is driven out of his community as a Hoaxer (someone who feigns being a victim of the plague), branded on his forehead with the letter H. But he is not feigning. In his travels, he finds the source of the plague, and it's not what people think. It's up to him to deal with it, and he does. But to what end?

10.  Preferred Risk - The Company insures you against everything. Everything except war, that is. But they've put an end to wars (or so they claim). The Company also controls everything. Including all the sources of weapons. The Company is dedicated to the happiness of mankind (or so they claim). Medical Treatment and Law Enforcement are just a few of the other services they provide to the entire world. Claims Adjuster Wills was a happy Company employee until his path crossed those of a man with no legs and a mysterious woman. All of a sudden, his world was turned upside down, and his decisions could determine the future of the planet. This collaborative work was originally published under the pseudonym Edson McCann. It was the winner of the 1955 Galaxy-Simon & Schuster novel contest.
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From misc locations:

1.  Day Million and We Purchased People - 2 sci fi stories From Spider Robinson's podcast.  Go to 8/01/08 - Classic Frederick Pohl and click on Download mp3

2.  The Tunnel Under The World - From freesf

3.  68 - Mindwebs-780915 The Meeting - Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

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Frederik Pohl stories from About SFAudio:<--Click here to  access all the stories below
a. Frederik Pohl short story “The Day the Icicle Works Closed,” which was first published in Galaxy Magazine, in February, 1960. 
b. “The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass” was first published in Galaxy Magazine in 1962.  Phineas Snodgrass builds a Time Machine.
c. “The Mayor of Mare Tranq” written by Frederik Pohl. The story was first published in 1996 in The Williamson Effect, an anthology of fiction and poetry inspired by the work of Jack Williamson, edited by Roger Zelazny.
d. “The Meeting.” “The Meeting” was first published in November, 1972, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The story went on to win the 1973 Hugo Award for the Best Short Story. 
e. Frederik Pohl short story “Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair.”  
f. Frederik Pohl short story “Fermi and Frost.” 
g. 1984 interview John C. Tibbetts conducted with Science Fiction writer Frederik Pohl

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