A Review of The Day the Martians Came

The Day the Martians Came by Frederik Pohl My rating: 2 of 5 stars I like Frederik Pohl, on average, but this book is below average. It's not even much of an attempt at sci fi -- just loosely related to it. It starts out rather promisingly, with some crashed astronauts finding an underground Martian …

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A Review of The Merchants’ War

The Merchants' War by Frederik Pohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this sequel to The Space Merchants, written decades earlier. Pohl's wit and satire are on full display through the entire novel. This is a futuristic world which is run by advertisers and advertising with protesters having migrated to Venus to …

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A Review of The Best of Frederik Pohl

The Best of Frederik Pohl by Frederik Pohl My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is another book of short stories by Frederik Pohl that I've read and he really doesn't disappoint. I like his short stories much better than his novels, to be honest. "The Tunnel Under The World" was published in the mid-50s, …

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A Review of Pohl’s Gateway

Gateway by Frederik Pohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars Frederik Pohl's Gateway is a sci fi classic, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as others. I've been looking forward to reading it for some time. And I've got to say that upon finishing it, I have some mixed feelings. I think …

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A Review of The Space Merchants

The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this cynical and satirical sci fi novel. It's about Mitchell Courtenay, a high ranking ad exec in a futuristic American society dominated by advertising. Indeed, it's virtually un-patriotic to not adhere to advertising's role in society. Mitch is given the …

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