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The Way the Future Was, 1930–1951

Michael R. Page

in Frederik Pohl

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter looks at Frederik Pohl's first foray into creating a science fictional world by focusing on his youthful adventures in science fiction (SF) fandom. Pohl discovered SF at age ten in 1930. ... More


Gateways, 1970–1987

Michael R. Page

in Frederik Pohl

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Frederik Pohl's literary output as a science fiction (SF) writer during the period 1970–1987, including Gateway and The Way the Future Was. After stepping down from Galaxy, ... More


The Galaxy Years, 1952–1969

Michael R. Page

in Frederik Pohl

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Frederik Pohl's Galaxy years that began in 1952, when his novel entitled Gravy Planet was published in the June, July, and August issues of the magazine. The early 1950s were ... More


Conclusion

Michael R. Page

in Frederik Pohl

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion reflects on Frederik Pohl's legacy as a science fiction writer, editor, agent, and fan. Pohl died on September 2, 2013, leaving a chasm in the world of science fiction. Among those ... More


Frederik Pohl

Michael R. Page

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

One of science fiction's undisputed grandmasters, Frederik Pohl built an astonishing career that spanned more than seven decades. In publishing novels, short stories, and essays, Pohl won millions of ... More


All the Lives He Led

Michael R. Page

in Frederik Pohl

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book chronicles the work of Frederik Pohl, one of the leading figures in the field of science fiction (SF). Pohl's literary output spans nine decades from his poem “Elegy to a Dead Planet: ... More


The Boy Who Would Live Forever, 1988–2013

Michael R. Page

in Frederik Pohl

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039652
eISBN:
9780252097744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Frederik Pohl's literary output during the period 1988–2013, including two novels that would mark a transition in his career: Chernobyl and The Annals of the Heechee. The ... More


Ruptures: Metafiction and Postmodernism

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Metafiction refers to fiction that is aware of its own fictionality. Coined in 1970 by the critic and novelist William Gass, metafiction took to extremes the tension between realism and the real in ... More


Foul Contagion Spread: Ecology and Environmentalism

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Ecology and environmentalism are two recurring themes in science fiction. A novel may even use the environment itself as a character that the hero must contend with. Science fiction may also show ... More


Beginnings: Early Life and First Stories

Jad Smith

in Alfred Bester

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040634
eISBN:
9780252099076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040634.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter shows how Bester’s early identification with Renaissance thinkers of broad and varied learning led him to think of science fiction as a Renaissance genre especially suited to mixing and ... More


<i>Fahrenheit 451</i> in Contexts

David Seed

in Ray Bradbury

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038945
eISBN:
9780252096907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038945.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and its dystopian contexts. The novel widely is recognized as a classic among postwar American dystopias. It belongs in that body of science ... More


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