Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Frederik Pohl$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael R. Page

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039652

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 06 June 2020

The Way the Future Was, 1930–1951

The Way the Future Was, 1930–1951

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter 1 The Way the Future Was, 1930–1951
Source:
Frederik Pohl
Author(s):

Michael R. Page

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039652.003.0002

This chapter looks at Frederik Pohl's first foray into creating a science fictional world by focusing on his youthful adventures in science fiction (SF) fandom. Pohl discovered SF at age ten in 1930. At that time, SF as a defined category of fiction was only in its fifth year, although the genre itself had a much longer pedigree. Hugo Gernsback launched the first SF magazine, Amazing Stories, in April 1926. The first SF magazine Pohl read was the Summer 1930 issue of Wonder Stories Quarterly. This chapter discusses Pohl's discovery of a collection of pulp magazines in 1931 at his uncle's farm in Pennsylvania; his interest in science fiction magazines; his initial attempts at writing his own stories; and his involvement with the group called Futurians. The chapter also describes Pohl's involvement in the literary agency business.

Keywords:   science fiction, Frederik Pohl, fandom, Hugo Gernsback, Amazing Stories, pulp magazines, science fiction magazines, Futurians, literary agency

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.