What’s your Favorite Frederik Pohl novel?

Upon the occasion of the publication of by Frederik Pohl, we thought it might be a propitious time to ask some of his peers to share their picks.

Of course, since we asked science fiction writers, a notoriously independent bunch, they came back with a wide variety of answers. Some talked about only one book; others, about more than one. Some mentioned collaborations. And one named a book that isn’t even a novel.

Everyone had something interesting to say, which isn’t surprising, since one thing that has always been true about Fred Pohl’s novels is that they elicit strong reactions among readers. And they’re never dull.

We’ll be posting one answer every day from now until the release of All the Lives He Led on April 12.  We hope you will let us know if you have any favorites too.

First up, what’s your favorite Frederik Pohl novel, ?

The series continues with:

  • Mike Resnick:
  • Harry Harrison:
  • Vernor Vinge:
  • Joe Haldeman:
  • Neil Gaiman:
  • Cory Doctorow:
  • David Brin:
  • James E. Gunn:
  • Gregory Benford & Elisabeth Malatre:
  • Larry Niven:
  • Ben Bova:
  • Phyllis Eisenstein:


(978-0-7653-2176-3 / $25.99) by will be available from Tor Books on April 12, 2011.


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8 thoughts on “What’s your Favorite Frederik Pohl novel?

  1. I have to say that my favorite Pohl is the Gateway series. It was one of the first Sci-Fi series that I read growing up, and is still one of my favorites.

  2. It’s a tossup between Gateway and Years of the City, but I taught Gateway a zillion times at Penn in my SF-as-Literature course, and its excellences are burned into my brain. The sequels, not so much. The first book, loud huzzas.

  3. Gateway (the original) is still my favorite Pohl novel, but an underrated gem (sorry) is Jem. Unfortunately, it seems to be OOP.

  4. It is Gateway for me. I am a bit surprised that none of the authors in this series have claimed it as their own. Perhaps we’ll get Robert J. Sawyer’s pick, which I think likely to be Gateway. (Judging by his introduction to the audiobook.)

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