7 stories from Pohl: The Abominable Earthman, We Never Mention Aunt Nora, A Life and a Half, Punch, The Martian Star-Gazers, Whatever Counts, and Three Portraits and a Prayer
Medical science can heal all wounds, even if you were frozen 500 years ago. Can the 500 year old man navigate a culture where death is not a problem but one can be hunted for stepping on someone's toes? And just how real is that paranoia about alien monsters from Sirius about to attack the Earth at any moment?
Jack Williamson was an important early science fiction author, publishing his first story in 1928. He went on to become a college professor who taught about the field from an academic point of view. He continued to publish stories his whole life and was recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the Science Fiction Writers of America. This collection of 14 stories is a sampling of his work.<P>The 14 stories are:<P>1. The Metal Man<P>2. Dead Star Station<P>3. Nonstop to Mars<P>4. The Crucible of Power<P>5. Breakdown<P>6. With Folded Hands<P>7. The Equalizer<P>8. The Peddler's Nose<P>9. The Happiest Creature<P>10. The Cold Green Eye<P>11. Operation Gravity<P>12. Guinevere for Everybody<P>13. Jamboree<P>14. The Highest Dive
A violet ring slipped free of the alien spaceship. It spun on its axis twice, like a coin on a tabletop, and then rushed toward them.
In 1980 Fred Pohl published Gateway which began a series of books about man's discovery of the leavings of a superior civilization who seem to simply have vanished. What do the Heechee look like? Where did they go? What will happen when we make contact? And.... What if someone is trying to destroy the Heechee and all their works? This is vintage Pohl. It is hard to imagine him selling his first stories before World War ii.
In this extraordinary novel, Frederik Pohl, renowned author, scholar and futurist, has cast the events surrounding the explosion at Chernobyl into a monumental work of speculative fiction. Based on carefully researched facts, eyewitness notes and Pohl's extensive knowledge of the Soviet Union, Chernobyl takes us into the lives, homes and heartbeats of the people who were there: plant officials, bureaucrats, crewpeople, soldiers, doctors and emergency workers. We see through their eyes the staggering reality of the disaster itself and re-live, in unforgettable detail, the heroism, the sacrifice, the fear...
There are mysterious goings-on at the Cathouse in Albuquerque, the site of the nation's most hush-hush experiments in quantum mechanics...
Multiple winner of science-fiction's top awards presents a breathtaking romp through the energy-poor world of the 2020s
Includes:<P> THE OTHER END OF TIME: Earth, 2031: Sent to investigate alien signals warning of the destruction of Earth by the malevolent Horch, a group of astronomers led by Dan Dannerman is taken prisoner by aliens with their own diabolical plans for Earth, but these aliens have underestimated the ingenuity of their human captives.<P> THE SIEGE OF ETERNITY: Continuing the tour de force that began in The Other End of Time, this new novel finds secret agent Dan Dannerman battling a second siege of aliens armed with high-tech devices and a secret network on Earth and in space.<P> THE FAR SHORE OF TIME: Returning to Earth, it's up to Dannerman--all three of him--to unravel the ins and outs of the alien technology in time to stave off the imminent destruction of the planet.
Featuring 23 stories, 20 memoirs, and a behind-the-scenes look by some of the most famous names in science fiction history with a special index to every story, article and review ever published (1950-1980) in Galaxy magazine.
Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror. When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!<P><P> Nebula Award winner.
Patricia Bover set out in a One. She had no idea where she was going and was astonished to find herself in the Oort cloud of comets, far beyond the orbit of Pluto, docking on what was clearly a Heechee artifact. When Bover got into the thing and looked around, she realized she was rich. The thing was absolutely stuffed with Heechee machines. The bubble burst when she found out she couldn't get back to Gateway. Her ship wouldn't move. No matter what she did to the controls it remained inert. It not only would not automatically return her to her port of origin, it wouldn't go anywhere at all. Patricia Bover was stuck, some billions of miles from Earth.
Stories from the best of the series from 1944 to 1980 by twenty all-time favorite writers.
After millennia had passed, Mankind discovered the Heechee legacy (an alien culture that fled to the reative safety of a black hole)--in particular an asteroid stocked with autonavigating spacecraft. Robinette Broadhead, who had led the expedition that unlocked the many secrets of Heechee technology, is now forced once more to make a perilous voyage into space--where the Heechee are waiting. And this time the future of Man is at stake....
Sandy Washington was a pretty normal guy He was a good friend, sensitive and caring. He respected his elders and obeyed his teachers. He loved basketball, old movies, and writing poetry, And he worshiped the photograph of his long-dead mother. The only real difference between Sandy and any other young man his age was that Sandy had been raised by aliens on their spaceship. The Hakh'hli had done everything they could to give Sandy an Earth-type boyhood. They had even altered some of their own young people to be a bit more humanoid-to make for better playmates for the young man. Now, finally, the Hakh'hli were bringing Sandy home to Earth. And while they were at it, they intended to give humanity some extraordinary gifts that would improve the quality of life on Earth and perhaps even get human space travel off the ground. The Hakh'hli seemed to have Sandy's-and humanity's-best interests at heart. But the people of Earth were not so sure...
Contains 12 stories of science fiction by a great writer including: In the Problem Pit; Let the Ants Try; To See Another Mountain; The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass; Golden Ages Gone Away; Rafferty's Reasons; I Remember a Winter; The Schematic Man; What to Do Until the Analyst Comes; Some Joys under the Star; The Man Who Ate the World; SF: The Game Playing Literature.
SURVIVING THE END OF THE WORLD ' When Comet Sicara brushed near enough to strip the ozc layer from the Earth's atmosphere, civilization effectively ended fact, life on Earth was nearly extinguished. But the underwater cit survived, and some heavily protected land enclaves held on as w When the "ozone summer" years were ending, submarine capti Ron Tregarth rediscovered his lost love, Graciela Navarro. But th triumph against all odds was only the beginning, for the alien kno\ as the Eternal stood between them and threatened to destroy they held dearest. The Eternal's goal was to absorb the minds every living thing, to create a death-in-life to enslave the planet
The final work from the brightest star in science fictionâ s galaxy. Arthur C Clarke, who predicted the advent of communication satellites and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey completes a lifetime career in science fiction with a masterwork. 30 light years away, a race known simply as the One Point Fives are plotting a dangerous invasion plan, one that will wipe humankind off the face of the Earth. . . Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a young astronomy student, Ranjit Subramanian, becomes obsessed with a three-hundred-year-old theorem that promises to unlock the secrets of the universe. While Ranjit studies the problem, tensions grow between the nations of the world and a UN taskforce headed up by China, America and Russia code-named Silent Thunder begins bombing volatile regimes into submission. On the eve of the invasion of Earth a space elevator is completed, helped in part by Ranjit, which will herald a new type of Olympics to be held on the Moon. But when alien forces arrive Ranjit is forced to question his own actions, in a bid to save the lives of not just his own family but of all of humankind. Co-written with fellow grand master Frederik Pohl, The Last Theorem not only provides a fitting end to the career one of the most famous names in science fiction but also sets a new benchmark in contemporary prescient science fiction. It tackles with ease epic themes as diverse as third world poverty, the atrocities of modern warfare in a post-nuclear age, space elevators, pure mathematics and mankindâ s first contact with extra-terrestrials.
From the book jacket: Roger Torraway watched in horror as the monster lurched, toppled over and died. Project Man Plus had gone suddenly and drastically wrong. The race to colonize Mars was too important, too costly, and America was already too committed, for plans to be scrapped. They would have to make a new Martian. And Roger Torraway was it, candidate for the endless surgery, operation after painful operation, that would enable him to survive on that faraway planet. Man Plus is a thrilling race against time-to land on Mars on schedule, to insure that Roger's system will withstand the stress that killed the previous candidate. And, meanwhile, somewhere, somehow, there has been a breakdown in the computer network ... With edge-of-the-chair excitement and suspense, four-time Hugo Award winner Frederik Pohl tells the story of the remaking of man into Man Plus, creating in Roger an unforgettable character, grotesque in appearance but totally human in feeling-capable of yearning, depression, love, jealousy, terror. Man Plus is so superbly well done that it will appeal not only to science-fiction fans but to readers of such novels as The Andromeda Strain.
The sequel to Man Plus. Mars Plus is a mystery where all the players are manipulated by the machines.
Stories include: <P> Trouble in Time;<P> Mars-Tube;<P> Critical Mass; <P> The World of Myrion Flowers; <P> The Engineer; <P> A Gentle Dying; <P> Nightmare with Zeppelins; <P> The Quaker Cannon; <P> Gravy Planet (Excerpt); <P> Mute Inglorious Tam (19th place, 1975 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Story); <P> The Gift of Garigolli (15th place, 1975 Locus Poll Award, Best Novelette); <P> The Meeting (winner, 1973 Hugo Award; 1973 Locus Poll Award; 9th place)
Steve Ryeland knew that he was a criminal who had failed the Plan of Man ... but he could not remember his crime. Around his neck he wore an iron collar containing an explosive that would destroy him if he tried escape; but what had he done that had put it there he could only remember in tantalizing fragments. And then Steve still a prisoner was given the world's most important job--to develop a "jetless drive," a new space propulsion system that would permit the forces of man to expand into the Reefs of Space, the half-mythical bodies that circled the solar system beyond the orbit of Pluto. Ryeland had to succeed--or be relegated to the horrors of the living Body Bank.
The Plan of Man is but an ancient historical memory of the human race. Most humans are now part of the great multiple organism that is Cygnus. But there are still some that lead separate lives, Cliff Hawk, a man who craves adventure through science, Andreas Quamodian, who only wants to help others, Molly Zaldivar who loves both Cliff and Andy, and a ruthless hunter from the Reefs of Space. All their lives become entangled when Cliff seeks to create an energy intelligence similar to those that inhabit most stars.
This book is an omnibus edition of Farthest Star and Wall Around a Star.