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Frederik Pohl papers

Identifier: P34

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Scope and Contents

The Pohl Papers are comprised principally of manuscripts, drafts, notes, proofs, and other documents relating to science fiction and nonfiction works written by Frederik Pohl.  The collection also includes correspondence, speeches given by Mr. Pohl, and reviews of his publications.  Although the earliest items date from 1952, most of the materials range from the early 1970s through 2005.


  • Created: 1952-2006
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/00/2005


Conditions Governing Use

Open for scholarly research use.  Copyright retained by Frederik Pohl. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Frederik Pohl, American science fiction writer, editor, and anthologist, was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 26, 1919.  In a literary career spanning nearly seventy years, Pohl wrote more than 200 short stories and over 134 books, including 54 novels, 31 story collections, 1 graphic novel, and 6 nonfiction works, in addition to editing 42 anthologies.  From 1959 to 1969, Pohl edited the award-winning science fiction magazines Galaxy and If.  He was executive editor for Ace Books, 1971 to 1973, and science fiction editor at Ballantine Books, 1973 to 1979.  He also served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1974 to 1976, and of World Science Fiction from 1980 to 1982. Pohl earned virtually every significant award the field of science fiction offered, many of them more than once.  The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) presented him with six Hugo awards, three for writing and three for editing.  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recognized him with two Nebula awards, and in 1993 named him a SFWA Grand Master.  He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.  Beyond the field of science fiction, Pohl was a noted lecturer and writer in the fields of future studies and environmental studies.  He wrote nonfiction books and articles on topics ranging from global warming to the life of the Roman emperor Tiberius.  He was a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


23.36 Linear Feet

68 boxes

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Arrangement Note

Collection is organized into series alphabetically by title of work or by topic, as appropriate.  Original order was retained where extant.  Where present, the donor’s notes identifying documents or groups of documents were used to generate folder headings for the container listing.

Source of Acquisition

Frederik Pohl

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

The first papers were shipped to the library in August of 2005, with subsequent accessions received in September and October 2005 and June 2006.

Related Materials

Frederik Pohl Collection, Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Related Publications

Pohl, Frederik. The Way the Future Was: A Memoir. New York: Ballantine Books, 1978. Print. Pohl, Frederik. The Early Pohl. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1976. Print. Pohl, Frederik. Man Plus. New York: Random House, 1976. Print. Pohl, Frederik. Homegoing. New York: Ballantine Books, 1989. Print. Pohl, Frederik. Chernobyl: A Novel. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1987. Print. Pohl, Frederik. The Annals of the Heechee. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987. Print. Pohl, Frederik. Black Star Rising. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985. Print. Pohl, Frederik. O Pioneer! New York: Tor, 1998. Print.

Other Descriptive Information


Frederik Pohl papers
PEC, 2007; revised and completed by Jean McAllister, 2011
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Repository Details

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