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Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father held a number of jobs, and his family moved many times in his childhood before settling in Brooklyn when he was about seven. He attended Brooklyn Tech high school, but dropped out and took a job to help support his family. As a teen, he founded the New York science fiction writer's group The Futurians. His first publication, a poem, appeared in Amazing Stories in 1937, when he was 18 years old. In 1936, he joined the Young Communist League and became President of the Brooklyn branch, but he left it in 1939 after Stalin-Hitler pact. In 1939, at the age of 21, he was editor of both Super Science Stories and Astonishing Stories, and regularly published his own stories in both of them. He married his first wife in 1940. In 1943 both the magazines he was editing folded, and he worked as a literary agent. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps from 1945-1945. He divorced his first wife during this period and married his second wife in 1945. In 1948 he married his third wife, Judith Merril, who he divorced in 1953, the same year he married his fourth wife, Carol Metcal Ulf.

In the early 1950s his literary agency business failed and he returned to editing as an assistant editor at Galaxy Science Fiction and later also if Magazine. In 1966, 1967, and 1968 his magazines won Hugo Awards for Best Professional Magazines. In the 1970s he acquired and edited novels for the "Frederik Pohl Selections" series of Bantam Books. He also began to emerge as a novel writer, and went on to win Nebula awards for fiction in 1976 and 1977 and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1978. He married his current wife, science fiction editor and academic Elizabeth Anne Hull, PhD, in 1984. He continues to write from his home in Palatine, Illinois.

American science fiction writer and editor (1919-2013)

Born 26 November 1919
Died 2 September 2013

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  • Cover of: The Space Merchants
    First published in 1952 26 editions in 3 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition spacemerchants0000pohl_x2c3 Cover of edition spacemerchants0000pohl_z4y3 Cover of edition spacemerchants0000pohl_f0r4 Cover of edition spacemerchants00pohl

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    First published in 1977 25 editions in 3 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition gatewaypohl00pohl Cover of edition gateway0000pohl Cover of edition gateway00pohl Cover of edition gatewayheecheesa00fred

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    First published in 1979 18 editions in 3 languages — 7 previewable Cover of edition jemmakingofutopi0000pohl_i7i9 Cover of edition jem0000pohl_a5v1 Cover of edition jemmakingofutopi0000pohl Cover of edition jem0000pohl Cover of edition jempohl00pohl Cover of edition jem00pohl

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  • Cover of: The Starchild Trilogy
    First published in 1963 18 editions in 1 language — 5 previewable Cover of edition isbn_0671822845 Cover of edition starchildtrilogy00pohl Cover of edition starchildtrilogy00fred Cover of edition starchildtrilogy0000pohl

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  • Cover of: Wolfbane
    First published in 1959 17 editions in 1 language — 4 previewable Cover of edition wolfbane_1902_librivox Cover of edition wolfbane00pohl Cover of edition wolfbane00pohl_534

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  • Cover of: Man plus
    First published in 1976 17 editions in 3 languages — 4 previewable Cover of edition manplus0000pohl Cover of edition manplus00pohl Cover of edition manpluspohl00pohl

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  • Cover of: Search the Sky
    First published in 1920 16 editions in 1 language — 4 previewable Cover of edition searchthesky52228gut Cover of edition searchsky00pohl Cover of edition searchsky00pohl_885

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    First published in 1955 16 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition gladiatoratlaw00pohl

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  • Cover of: The age of the pussyfoot.
    First published in 1969 16 editions in 2 languages — 2 previewable Cover of edition diezeitderkatzen00pohl

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  • Cover of: Beyond the Blue Event Horizon: (#2) (Heechee Saga)

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  • Cover of: The Annals of the Heechee
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  • Cover of: Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov

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  • Cover of: Drunkard’s Walk
    First published in 1960 12 editions in 2 languages — 3 previewable Cover of edition drunkardswalk0000fred Cover of edition toddenunsterblic00pohl

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  • Cover of: Heecheerendezvous
    First published in 1984 12 editions in 1 language — 7 previewable Cover of edition heechreerendezvo0000pohl Cover of edition heecheerendezvou0000pohl Cover of edition heecheerendezvou0000unse Cover of edition heecheerendezvou00pohlrich Cover of edition heecheerendezvou00pohl Cover of edition heecheerendezvoupoh00pohl

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    First published in 1984 11 editions in 2 languages — 3 previewable Cover of edition merchantswar00pohl Cover of edition merchantswar00pohl_0

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  • Cover of: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume Two B

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  • Cover of: The Reefs of Space (Starchild Trilogy, Vol. I)

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  • Cover of: A Plague of Pythons
    First published in 1965 10 editions in 1 language — 3 previewable Cover of edition plague_pythons_1606_librivox Cover of edition plagueofpythons00pohl

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    First published in 1954 10 editions in 1 language — 2 previewable Cover of edition underseaquest00pohl

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American science fiction writer and editor (1919-2013)

Born 26 November 1919
Died 2 September 2013

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