Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… » 3/28/15 11:15am Saturday 11:15am

The Failed Publisher That Gave Us I, Robot And Arthur C. Clarke

We owe a huge debt to Gnome Press, a small start-up science fiction publisher that launched in the wake of World War II and failed because it couldn't pay its authors. As Andrew Liptak explains over in Kirkus Reviews, Gnome made Asimov's I, Robot possible, and gave us the first themed anthology. » 3/27/14 3:40pm 3/27/14 3:40pm

Frederik Pohl's "dread-coated" ​Gateway to get a TV series adapatation

Set in a dystopian wreck of a future, Gateway follows one man on a get-rich-or-die-trying mission to an unknown location, with unknown results, on an alien ship with a crap return rate. It's a menacing tale, and now it's going to be a TV series. A dark, dark TV series. » 3/11/14 10:55am 3/11/14 10:55am

RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades. » 9/02/13 2:41pm 9/02/13 2:41pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How…

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… » 1/30/13 1:15pm 1/30/13 1:15pm

The best science fiction novel about Madison Ave you'll ever read

In 1953, a tiny publishing house called Ballantine released The Space Merchants, a novel-length adaptation of "Gravy Planet," a Frederik Pohl short story that had taken the SF world by storm. That story was about the future of the advertising industry, written by a guy who had been an ad man for several years. Dark… » 1/30/12 5:14pm 1/30/12 5:14pm

April books bring post-apocalyptic futures, growing up superheroic, and…

What do April's books have in store for you? Naomi Novik's superhero high school, Frederik Pohl's volcanic terrorism plot, and two disturbing looks at a near-future post-apocalyptic world. Plus superpowered parents and the African Harry Potter! » 4/13/11 12:23pm 4/13/11 12:23pm

The Inside Story of "the Dhalgren Miracle"

When Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren was first published, it was listed as "a Frederik Pohl selection." Now at last, Pohl blogs about how he acquired a book that 20 or 30 publishers had rejected, and helped make it a success. » 1/12/11 8:30am 1/12/11 8:30am

Books by Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick available as free downloads

Tons of science-fiction novels have gone public domain and gotten posted at Project Gutenberg . Including books by Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick. And Black Amazon of Mars by Empire Strikes Back co-writer Leigh Brackett. [Lawrence Person] » 11/12/10 1:05pm 11/12/10 1:05pm

Gateway by Frederik Pohl: The most dreadful of Hugo winners

Long before he was named Best Fan Writer — way back in 1978, in fact — Frederik Pohl won another Hugo (and a Nebula too), for his novel Gateway. And yikes, what a book. » 10/09/10 12:30pm 10/09/10 12:30pm

How many definitions of science fiction are there?

Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions. » 8/27/10 7:30am 8/27/10 7:30am

Pick your apocalypse or grow a baby A.I., in July's books

We've officially entered the lazy days of summer. So spice up your weekend with a vicarious apocalypse, or venture to near-future Turkey with Ian McDonald. Here are the coolest new books of July. » 7/06/10 12:40pm 7/06/10 12:40pm

Every book publisher turned down Frank Herbert's Dune

Frederik Pohl's always fascinating blog features an article about his friendship with Frank Herbert and the genesis of Dune. Every book publisher turned down Herbert's manuscript, until a small press took a chance. Fascinating reading. » 6/22/10 9:30am 6/22/10 9:30am

The Publisher Who Refused To Publish Asimov's Foundation And I, Robot…

Frederik Pohl is blogging about his relationship with Isaac Asimov, which began as teenagers and turned into Pohl being Asimov's agent. Learn why a publisher wouldn't touch Asimov's Foundation and I, Robot, and the weirdest question in Asimov's Phd orals. » 3/06/10 1:08pm 3/06/10 1:08pm

What If Philip K. Dick Was Worshipped As A Prophet Instead Of L. Ron…

Over on an anti-Scientology forum, someone asked a really good question: What if Philip K. Dick had become a religious figure instead of the much worse science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard? The resulting religion would be a lot cooler. » 9/25/09 12:40pm 9/25/09 12:40pm

Larry Niven's Iron-Clad Rules For Predicting Future Tech

How can you predict future technologies? You can't, according to five great science fiction authors quoted in the new CIO Magazine. But at least you can predict what types of problems will crop up. » 12/17/08 11:42am 12/17/08 11:42am

Science Fiction Writers Reach Out From Beyond the Grave

Science fiction writers have fantastical powers. They can peer into the future, invent strange new gadgets and alien races, and make us lose hours between their pages. And some writers can even speak to us from beyond the grave, publishing new works months — and even years — after they’ve died. Here are just some of… » 10/27/08 8:30am 10/27/08 8:30am

Weakest Con Artists Of The Distant Future

Click to viewIn a few centuries, everybody will be a rube. Centuries of in-breeding in deep space will remove everyone's street smarts and turn people seriously gullible. That's the only explanation for why anybody would ever get taken in by some of the grifters you run into in science fiction, who practically have a… » 4/10/08 10:14am 4/10/08 10:14am

NPR Wants Scifi Novels On Your Bedside Table

NPR's Nancy Pearl, who has probably written enough words about science fiction to fill a couple of Del Rey compendiums with, has laid out of a list of her recommended reading. While technically only two of the books on her list are science fiction, you can't really argue with Frederik Pohl and Joe Haldeman. Neal… » 11/12/07 8:37pm 11/12/07 8:37pm