Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories

By Frederik Pohl

Platinum Pohl is the 1st assortment to gather the entire crucial works of Frederik Pohl. initially, Pohl is a grasp of the technology fiction brief tale. For greater than fifty years he has been writing incisive, enjoyable SF tales, numerous hundred in all. Even whereas writing his bestselling triple-crown (Hugo, Nebula, Campbell Award) novel Gateway and the opposite Heechee Saga novels, he has regularly written brief fiction.

Now, for the 1st time, he has accrued jointly the easiest of his many tales. Spanning the many years, those stories are of their means a dwelling heritage of technological know-how fiction. simply because Frederik Pohl has been at the frontlines of the sphere because the halcyon days of the past due Thirties, and has written brief tales in each decade on the grounds that. and since he has consistently been a willing observer of the human situation and the area that's formed through it, his tales mirror the currents of political activities, social developments, significant occasions that experience shaken the realm . . .

Yet at their center, all his tales are so much acutely involved in humans. all types of individuals. a few are humans you are going to love, a few you will hate. yet it is important to discover what occurs to the folks who inhabit those tales. simply because Frederik Pohl imbues his characters with a intensity and individuality that makes them as genuine as humans you spot on a daily basis. in fact, he additionally employs a mind-boggling number of medical principles and technological know-how fictional tropes with which his characters needs to engage. And he does all of it with likely no attempt in any respect. that is a few trick. now not all people can do this . . . yet that is why he used to be named a Grand grasp of technological know-how Fiction by way of his friends within the technological know-how Fiction Writers of America.

Here are his Hugo Award profitable tales, "Fermi and Frost" and "The assembly" (with C. M. Kornbluth), besides such vintage novellas because the robust "The Gold on the Starbow's finish" and "The Greening of Bed-Stuy," and tales comparable to "Servant of the People," "Shaffery one of the Immortals," and "Growing Up in facet City," all finalists for significant awards. And dozens of different stories, just like the tremendous "The Mayor of Mare Tranq" and the provocative "The Day the Martians Landed" and lots of others.

Altogether, a grand choice of thought-provoking, interesting technology fiction by way of one of many all-time greats!

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