Frederik Pohl : Theme Anthologies


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Frederik Pohl was the next anthologist, after Groff Conklin, to produce many volumes over multiple decades. He began with three substantial (300-400pp) volumes in the early 1950s, when he also launched the first series of anthologies of original stories, Star, that preceded later series like Orbit, Universe, and New Dimesions by over a decade. Among many others (like Star not included here) there were volumes of stories from magazines he edited (Galaxy and If), several one-off original anthologies, and volumes of stories by SFWA Grand Masters. Of the theme and select anthologies grouped here, three were co-edited with wife Carol Pohl. The stand-out of the entire group is Yesterday's Tomorrows, subtitled "Favorite Stories from Forty Years as a Science Fiction Editor," with considerable personal material in the introductions about the eras of fanzines, pulps, anthologies, magazines, and paperbacks (including an excerpt from Delany's Dhalgren, which Pohl edited for Bantam Books).

Authors most often reprinted are C.M. Kornbluth (7), Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein (5 each), then Arthur C. Clarke, Lester del Rey, H.L. Gold, and Fritz Leiber (4 each).

  • Beyond the End of Time, (Permabooks, 1952) [isfdb]
  • Shadow of Tomorrow, (Permabooks, 1953) [isfdb]
  • Assignment in Tomorrow, (Hanover House, 1954) [isfdb]
  • The Expert Dreamers, (Doubleday, 1962) [isfdb]
  • Nightmare Age, (Ballantine, 1970) [isfdb]
  • Science Fiction: The Great Years, Carol Pohl & Frederik Pohl, eds. (Ace, 1973) [isfdb]
  • Jupiter, Carol Pohl & Frederik Pohl, eds. (Ballantine, 1973) [isfdb]
  • Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II, Carol Pohl & Frederik Pohl, eds. (Ace, 1976) [isfdb]
  • Yesterday's Tomorrows, (Berkley, 1982) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Poul Anderson
  • Call Me Joe (Astounding Apr 1957) -- Jupiter
  • Christopher Anvil
  • Uncalculated Risk (Analog Mar 1962) -- Nightmare Age
  • Isaac Asimov
  • The C-Chute (Galaxy Oct 1951) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Heredity (Astonishing Stories Apr 1941) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Lenny (Infinity Science Fiction Jan 1958) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Strange Playfellow (Super Science Stories Sep 1940) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Victory Unintentional (Super Science Stories Aug 1942) -- Jupiter
  • Alfred Bester
  • 5,271,009 (F&SF Mar 1954) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Time Is the Traitor (F&SF Sep 1953) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • Jerome Bixby
  • Angels in the Jets (Fantastic Fll 1952) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Old Testament (If Jul 1964) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • James Blish
  • Bridge (Astounding Feb 1952) -- Jupiter
  • Common Time (Science Fiction Quarterly Aug 1953) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Emergency Refueling (Super Science Stories Mar 1940) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Transfer Point (Galaxy Nov 1950) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Leigh Brackett
  • The Halfling (Astonishing Stories Feb 1943) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Subterfuge (Astonishing Stories Apr 1943) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • There Will Come Soft Rains (Colliers May 6 1950) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Fredric Brown
  • Hall of Mirrors (Galaxy Dec 1953) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Placet Is a Crazy Place (Astounding May 1946) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • Algis Budrys
  • The Frightened Tree (Galaxy Feb 1953) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Ken Bulmer
  • Station HR972 (Worlds of Tomorrow Feb 1967) -- Nightmare Age
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • At the End of the Orbit (If Nov 1961) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • A Meeting with Medusa (Playboy Dec 1971) -- Jupiter
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Rescue Party (Astounding May 1946) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Hal Clement
  • Halo (Galaxy Oct 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Lee Correy
  • The Test Stand (Astounding Mar 1955) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Chan Davis
  • Adrift on the Policy Level (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1959) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Lester del Rey
  • Habit (Astounding Nov 1939) -- Jupiter
  • Helen O'Loy (Astounding Dec 1938) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • The Monster (Argosy Jun 1951) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • The Old Order (Marvel Science Stories Feb 1951) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! (Galaxy Feb 1964) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Dave Dryfoos
  • Bridge Crossing (Galaxy May 1951) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Paul R. Ehrlich
  • Eco-Catastrophe! (Ramparts Sep 1969) -- Nightmare Age
          -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Boyd Ellanby
  • Chain Reaction (Galaxy Sep 1956) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Harlan Ellison
  • At the Mouse Circus (New Dimensions I, 1971) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Dean Evans
  • Not a Creature Was Stirring (Galaxy Dec 1951) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Philip Josť Farmer
  • Mother (Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr 1953) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Jack Finney
  • Such Interesting Neighbors (Colliers Jan 6 1951) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • O. R. Frisch
  • On the Feasibility of Coal-Driven Power Stations (Scientific American Mar 1956) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Raymond Z. Gallun
  • The Lotus-Engine (Super Science Stories Mar 1940) -- Jupiter
  • Old Faithful (Astounding Dec 1934) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • Stepson of Space (Astonishing Stories Oct 1940) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • H. L. Gold
  • Love in the Dark (Suspense Magazine Fll 1951) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • The Man with English (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • A Matter of Form (Astounding Dec 1938) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
          -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • Stephen Goldin
  • Sweet Dreams, Melissa (Galaxy Dec 1968) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • James Gunn
  • The Misogynist (Galaxy Nov 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Harry Harrison
  • Rock Diver (Worlds Beyond Feb 1951) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Beyond Doubt (by RAH & Elma Wentz) (Astonishing Stories Apr 1941) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Columbus Was a Dope (Startling Stories May 1947) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • Let There Be Light (Super Science Stories May 1940) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • The Year of the Jackpot (Galaxy Mar 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
          -- Nightmare Age
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Adventurer (Space Science Fiction May 1953) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • A Gentle Dying (by CMK & Frederik Pohl) (Galaxy Jun 1961) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • The Little Black Bag (Astounding Jul 1950) -- Beyond the End of Time
          -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • The Luckiest Man in Denv (Galaxy Jun 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow as by SIMON EISNER
  • The Luckiest Man in Denv (Galaxy Jun 1952) -- Nightmare Age
  • The Marching Morons (Galaxy Apr 1951) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
          -- Nightmare Age
  • Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr.
  • When Time Went Mad (by FAK & Dirk Wylie) (Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb 1950) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Slow Tuesday Night (Galaxy Apr 1965) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Philip Latham
  • To Explain Mrs. Thompson (Astounding Nov 1951) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Keith Laumer
  • A Bad Day for Vermin (Galaxy Feb 1964) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Fritz Leiber
  • A Bad Day for Sales (Galaxy Jul 1953) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
          -- Nightmare Age
  • Space-Time for Springers (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1958) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • X Marks the Pedwalk (Worlds of Tomorrow Apr 1963) -- Nightmare Age
  • Murray Leinster
  • The Lonely Planet (Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec 1949) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • John D. MacDonald
  • The Hunted (Super Science Stories Jul 1949) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Katherine MacLean
  • And Be Merry... (Astounding Feb 1950) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • Judith Merril
  • Death Is the Penalty (Astounding Jan 1949) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • William Morrison
  • A Feast of Demons (Galaxy Mar 1958) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • The Sack (Astounding Sep 1950) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • Kris Neville
  • New Apples in the Garden (Analog Jul 1963) -- Nightmare Age
  • Larry Niven
  • The Coldest Place (If Dec 1964) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • W. Norbert
  • The Miracle of the Broom Closet (Technical Engineering News Apr 1952) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Martin Pearson
  • The Embassy (Astounding Mar 1942) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Peter Phillips
  • She Who Laughs... (Galaxy Apr 1952) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • H. Beam Piper
  • Genesis (Future Sep 1951) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Census Takers (F&SF Feb 1956) -- Nightmare Age
  • A Gentle Dying (by C. M. Kornbluth & FP) (Galaxy Jun 1961) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Let the Ants Try (Planet Stories Win 1949) -- Beyond the End of Time as by JAMES MacCREIGH
  • The Midas Plague (Galaxy Apr 1954) -- Nightmare Age
  • Wings of the Lightning Land (Astonishing Stories Nov 1941) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • Fletcher Pratt
  • Official Record (Space Science Fiction Sep 1952) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Mack Reynolds
  • Among the Bad Baboons (Galaxy Aug 1968) -- Nightmare Age
          -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Ross Rocklynne
  • Into the Darkness (Astonishing Stories Jun 1940) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Milton A. Rothman
  • Heavy Planet (Astounding Aug 1939) -- The Expert Dreamers as by Lee Gregor
          -- Jupiter
  • Eric Frank Russell
  • ...And Then There Were None (Astounding Jun 1951) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • Fred Saberhagen
  • The Life Hater (If Aug 1964) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • James H. Schmitz
  • We Don't Want Any Trouble (Galaxy Jun 1953) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Michael Shaara
  • Orphans of the Void (Galaxy Jun 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay (Galaxy Feb 1968) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Watchbird (Galaxy Feb 1953) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Robert Silverberg
  • The Pain Peddlers (Galaxy Aug 1963) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Day of Truce (Galaxy Feb 1963) -- Nightmare Age
  • Desertion (Astounding Nov 1944) -- Jupiter
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (Galaxy Oct 1962) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Scanners Live in Vain (Fantasy Book #6 1950) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • George O. Smith
  • Amateur in Chancery (Galaxy Oct 1961) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • Mewhu's Jet (Astounding Nov 1946) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • Mr. Costello, Hero (Galaxy Dec 1953) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Leo Szilard
  • The Mark Gable Foundation (The Voice of the Dolphins, and Other Stories, 1961) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • William Tenn
  • The Liberation of Earth (Future May 1953) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Last Flight of Dr. Ain (Galaxy Mar 1969) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Wilson Tucker
  • Interstellar Way-Station (Super Science Stories May 1941) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • To a Ripe Old Age (F&SF Dec 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Letter from the Stars (Arkham Sampler Win 1949) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • The Rull (Astounding May 1948) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
          -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Jack Vance
  • The Moon Moth (Galaxy Aug 1961) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Big Trip Up Yonder (Galaxy Jan 1954) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Report on the Barnhouse Effect (Colliers Feb 11 1950) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • W. Grey Walter
  • The Singers -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • The Mad Moon (Astounding Dec 1935) -- Jupiter
  • Elma Wentz
  • Beyond Doubt (by Robert A. Heinlein & EW) (Astonishing Stories Apr 1941) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Robert Willey
  • The Invasion (Super Science Stories Sep 1940) -- The Expert Dreamers
  • Jack Williamson
  • Guinevere for Everybody (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1954) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • The Peddler's Nose (Astounding Apr 1951) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Richard Wilson
  • Back to Julie (Galaxy May 1954) -- Assignment in Tomorrow
  • Love (F&SF Jun 1952) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Donald A. Wollheim
  • The Embassy (Astounding Mar 1942) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows
  • S. Fowler Wright
  • Obviously Suicide (Suspense Magazine Spr 1951) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • Dirk Wylie
  • When Time Went Mad (by Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr. & DW) (Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb 1950) -- Science Fiction: The Great Years, Vol. II
  • John Wyndham
  • Operation Peep (Suspense Magazine Sum 1951) -- Beyond the End of Time
  • The Perfect Creature (Tales of Wonder #1 1937) -- Shadow of Tomorrow
  • Roger Zelazny
  • The Great Slow Kings (Worlds of Tomorrow Dec 1963) -- Yesterday's Tomorrows

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