Pohl has been about everything that it is possible to be in the field of science fiction, from consecrated fan and struggling poet to critic, literary agent, teacher, book and magazine editor and, above all, writer.
Called by Kingsley Amis (in Amis's critical study of science fiction, "New Maps of Hell") "the most consistently able writer science fiction, in its modern form, has yet produced", Frederik Pohl is clearly in the very first rank of writers in the field. He has won most of the awards the science fiction field has to offer, including the Edward E. Smith and Donald A. Wollheim memorial awards, the Prix Apollo, the Yugoslavian Vizija, the Nebula (three times--including the "Grand Master" Nebula for lifetime contributions to the field) and the Hugo (six times---he is the only person to have won the Hugo both as writer and as editor), as well as such awards from sources outside the science fiction community as the American Book Award, the annual award of the Popular Culture Association and the United Nations Society of Writers Award. Other honors include election as a Fellow to both the British Interplanetary Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as the Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, in 1992.
Apart from the field of science fiction, he is a noted lecturer and teacher in the area of future studies. His nonfiction works include "Practical Politics", a how-to-do-it manual of the American political process, as well as a number of works in science, technology and history. (He is the "Encyclopedia Britannica's" authority on the First Century A.D. Roman emperor, Tiberius.)
Many of Frederik Pohl's works have been adapted for radio, television or film, beginning with the two-part Columbia Workshop of the Air version of the classic "The Space Merchants" in 1953. In Europe, a number of his stories have been televised by the BBC and his famous novella, "The Midas Plague", became a three-hour special on German television. The 1981 NBC two-hour television film, "The Clonemaster", was based on an original concept of his; his award-winning novel, "Gateway", has been dramatized for live theatrical production; his novelette, "The Tunnel Under the World", became a feature film in Italy; and his novels, "Man Plus" and "Gateway", are currently in development in America as feature films. (In 1992 "Gateway" was also made into a computer game under the title of "Frederik Pohl's Gateway" by Legend Entertainment; a second game, "Gateway II: The Home World" was released in August, 1993.)
Among his most recent novels are "The World at the End of Time", "Outnumbering the Dead", "Stopping at Slowyear", "The Voices of Heaven", and "Mining the Oort". This past summer, he published "Mars Plus", in collaboration with Thomas T. Thomas (Baen). He also recently published "Our Angry Earth", a non-fiction book about the problems facing our environment and the political aspects of dealing with them. Completed in 1991 in collaboration with the late Isaac Asimov and reissued in an updated edition in 1993, Arthur C. Clarke calls it "perhaps the most important book either of its authors has produced."
He has traveled widely, sometimes to lecture on behalf of the United States State Department (in places as widely separated as Singapore, New Zealand and most of Eastern and Western Europe) or to attend international conferences on science or science fiction in places like the Republic of China, Australia, Brazil, the former Soviet Union, the former Yugoslavia and most of Western Europe. He is a past president of both World SF Writers and Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently Midwest Area Representative to the Authors Guild, having served for nine years as a member of the Guild Council before moving to the midwest. He currently makes his home in Palatine, Illinois, with his wife Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, who is a past president of the Science Fiction Research Association and a noted scholar in the field.
Frederik Pohl was born on November 26 1919, spending most of his early life in Brooklyn, moving to the Chicago suburb of Palatine Illinois and dying on the 2nd September 2013.