"The most consistently able writer science fiction has yet produced."
-- Kingsley Amis
"[Pohl's] tales are known for their gritty, straightforward style and for
their insightful ideas about our political, social and ecological future."
-- Publishers Weekly.
Star of Wonder, Gatekeeper of the Galaxy
He's Mr. Science Fiction. He's done it all from founding pulp pioneer to
book editor of the best of the best to best-selling author
himself...Frederik Pohl has done it all. Lifelong friend to the likes of
Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke -- and just about every science fiction
writer of note during the genre's Golden Age and beyond.
And THEN came the 1970s to the present, when Pohl proved he'd just begun to
create science fiction and a torrent of amazing stories poured forth. If
you take your SF with a sense of wonder. With sparkling wit. With a bit of
social satire that doesn't for a moment feel heavy-handed or one-sided,
you'll find Pohl is a bountiful font. Okay -- he's more like a Niagara
Falls of Wonder, to tell the truth. So much -- and all of it of such
quality -- that it seemed almost impossible to sample, much less collect.
We've done it.
Here is Volume I of two compelling volumes of the best of Frederik Pohl.
Here you'll find the "Heechee" saga -- the novels and stories of the
super-advance technology of the Heechee and what humanity did to itself and
the universe when it discovered this portal to the stars. These are stories
abounding in mind-blowing ideas: say you escape a black hole into which
your lover falls. And yet she is still alive -- still young -- on the event
horizon, even as you live out your life and attempt to rescue her. Stories
peopled with every-man heroes faced with a universe that does not
necessarily have the survival and prosperity of the common man at the base
of its design. Yes, these are the "Gateway" and "Heechee" tales that
garnered Pohl every major award in the field.
But we're just getting started. Also in Volume I are Jem, Black Star
Rising, Drunkard's Walk -- novels of sparkling wit that are both fascinating
explorations of alien and futuristic human culture and subtle commentary on
the excess, charlatanism, and general wackiness of our own contemporary
times. But the books have a serious side as well. Pohl's classic Jem, for
instance, explores a planet where the collectivist, individualist and
"middle way" types have a chance to really duke it out in a frontier
setting. And you'll get some darker glimpses through the looking glass, as
well, with chilling SF standards such as The Demon in the Skull (what if, in
a monstrous experiment, a voice in your head turned you into a killing
machine while you were forced to look on helplessly?).
And we top off Volume I with a look into the mind of the author himself.
Yep, we've included The Way the Future Was, Pohl's amazing memoir of his
early years -- years that would encompass two or three career's worth of
accomplishment and incredible friends for a mere mortal. You'll experience
the explosion that was science fiction in its early, gusher days. Here
you'll meet the founders of science fiction as a story-telling medium.
First meetings among the legends. The creation of fandom with the
Futurians. Pohl was there, and in on it all. He even instigated a good part
Here's the skinny on Volume I:
The Gateway Trip
Annals of the Heechee
Black Star Rising
The Demon in the Skull
The Best of Frederik Pohl
The Way the Future Was
A massive Pohl compilation of wonder. No shipping costs. No dead tree
crumble. Big thought. Huge adventure. Massively wonder-inducing ideas.
And, of course, all presented in the reader-friendly, unencrypted formats
Baen Ebooks is known for.
Frederik Pohl. Galactic Gatekeeper. SF Cornerstone and Grandmaster.
Legend of legends. Builder-of-worlds. Give yourself the journey of several
lifetimes, with ideas and adventure spanning from Pohl to Pohl!