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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

    Frederik Pohl has written over 90 books! Please see the Amazon and WorldCat links below for a complete list of books available for purchase and at libraries.
  • Jem, St. Martin's Press, 1977
  • Stopping at Slowyear,, Axolotl Press, 1991
  • Mining the Oort, Ballantine, 1992
  • Mars Plus, Baen, 1994
  • The Voices of Heaven, Tor, 1994
  • The Other End of Time, Tor, 1996
  • The Siege of Eternity, Tor, 1997
  • O Pioneer!, Tor, 1998
  • The Far Shore of Time,Tor, 1999
  • Chasing Science: Science As a Spectator Sport, Tor, 2000
  • The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of Gateway, Tor, 2004

Selected Titles At Your Library

Jem /
ISBN: 1857987896. OCLC Number:

Gollancz,. London :. 2001.

Stopping at Slowyear /
ISBN: 0553294873. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. New York :. ©1992.

Mars plus /
ISBN: 0671876058. OCLC Number:

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In this sequel to Man Plus, Pohl tells of the further colonization of Mars by cyborgs, half-cyborgs, just plain humans, and the computer net onw which all Martian life depends.

The voices of heaven /
ISBN: 0788718908. OCLC Number:

Recorded Books,. Prince Frederick, MD :. ℗1998, ©1994.

An unwilling hero struggles to save a small human colony on a distant planet in turmoil.

The other end of time /
ISBN: 143950461X. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 1996.

Leaving a mechanized and overcrowded New York City for the vastness of space, a group of scientists arrives at a research station that has been receiving messages from aliens calling themselves the Beloved Leaders. Without warning, the scientists are kidnapped, confined to a sterile cell under close observation, and cloned. Their survival, and that of all intelligent life, now hangs on one question. Are these replicas capable of reason, or will they automatically follow the Beloved Leaders?

The siege of eternity /
ISBN: 0812577663. OCLC Number:

. .

Chasing science :
ISBN: 0765308290. OCLC Number:

TOR/Tom Doherty Associates Book,. New York :. 2003.


  • 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