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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frederik Pohl  

Pen Name: Elton Andrews, S.D. Gottesman and Scott Mariner (works written with CM CKrnbluth), Paul Dennis Lavond (any combinations of works written with Kornbluth, Dirk Wylie or Robert A. W. Lownes), James MacCr


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1919 in New York, New York

Died: September 2, 2013 in Palatine, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Pohl lived in Palatine, Illinois from 1984 until his death.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pohl was a science fiction writer and editor. He was involved in publishing since he was a teenager, when he served as a literary agent for his science fiction-writing young friends. He went on to edit magazines and books before finding renown as a writer himself in the 1930's. In all, Pohl published more than 65 novels and some 30 short-story collections, as well as nonfiction works. Nearly half his novels were collaborations with friends and colleagues. Although he was entirely self-taught, Pohl’s grasp of science was impressive. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1982. He was also in demand as a so-called futurist, speaking to business executives and other audiences about the shape of things to come in a science-dominated future — and about the unreliability of even short-range predictions.Mostly known for his science fiction work, Polh was also a prolific non-fiction author and served as the Encyclopedia Britannica’s expert of Tiberius, writing about film, science, politics, and ecology. His autobiography, ''The Way the Future Was'' provides an intimate look at the origins of science fiction fandom and business. More recently, Pohl has been blogging additional insights into science fiction on his website, entitled ''The Way the Future Blogs''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1857987896

Orion Pub Co. 2001

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.

Stopping at Slowyear
ISBN: 0553294873

Spectra. 1992

Eager for a home of their own, the crew of Nordvik, an antiquated trading ship, decides to set up camp on Slowyear, a rarely visited planet whose population must live underground during bitter winters lasting five Earth years

Mars Plus
ISBN: 0671876058

Baen. 1994

The mixed Mars population of humans, cyborgs, and half-cyborgs is suddenly beset by strange changes in, and behavior of, the computer net on which all Martian life depends. By the author of the Nebula Award-winning Man Plus.

The Voices Of Heaven
ISBN: 0788718908

Recorded Books, Inc.. 1998

Recorded on 8 cassettes and comes in clamshell case.

The Other End of Time
ISBN: 143950461X

Paw Prints 2008-06-26. 2008

The Siege of Eternity (Eschaton)
ISBN: 0812577663

Tor Science Fiction. 1998

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.

O Pioneer
ISBN: 0613174119

Bt Bound. 1999

Far Shore of Time (Eschaton Sequence)
ISBN: 0613278216

Topeka Bindery. 2000

Chasing Science: Science as a Spectator Sport
ISBN: 0765308290

Tor Books. 2003

Book by Pohl, Frederik

The Boy Who Would Live Forever
ISBN: 1435293959

Paw Prints 2008-05-29. 2008


  • Hugo for Best Professional Magazine ''if'' in 1966, 1967 and 1968
  • Hugo for ''The Meeting'' in 1973
  • Nebula for ''Man Plus'' in 1976
  • Nebula for ''Gateway'' in 1977
  • Hugo for ''Gateway'' in 1978
  • National Book Award Winner in Science Fiction for ''Jem'' in 1980
  • Hugo for ''Fermi and Frost'' in 1986
  • Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Grand Master Award, Science Fiction Writers of America in 1993
  • Nebula Grand Master in 1993
  • J. W. Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction from the UCR Libraries at the Eaton Science Fiction Conference, for ''Extraordinary Voyages