The Undersea Trilogy is a series of three science fiction novels by American writers Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. The novels were first published by Gnome Press beginning in 1954; the novels were collected in a single omnibus volume published by Baen Books in 1992. The story takes place around the underwater dome city called Marinia; the hero of the stories is cadet Jim Eden of the Sub-Sea Academy. Undersea Quest is the first volume of the trilogy, it was first published by Gnome Press in 1954 in an edition of 5,000 copies. Intrigue surrounds the mining of uranium beneath the underwater dome city of Marinia. Jim Eden, expelled from the Sub-Sea Academy on trumped-up charges, seeks out his uncle who disappeared while mining at the bottom of Eden Deep. While for looking clues to his uncle's disappearance, Jim runs into some men. Galaxy reviewer Groff Conklin praised the novel's craft, but faulted its espousal of "the petrifying process that military academies put children through" and the "us-against-the-world" attitude it engendered.
Anthony Boucher received it favorably, commending its "vigorous storytelling excellent detailing of the background of a submarine civilization." P. Schuyler Miller found it "the kind of book that should predispose Captain Video fans to our kind of science fiction." Undersea Fleet is the second volume of the trilogy. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1956 in an edition of 5,000 copies. David Craken, a firm believer in the existence of sea serpents, disappears in search of them only to reappear drifting offshore months later, his friend Jim Eden and members of the Sub-Sea Academy retrace David's journey and soon run into the strange creatures, only mythical before. Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the novel for its "furious" action. Undersea City is the third volume of the trilogy. If was first published by Gnome Press in 1958 in an edition of 5,000 copies, of which only 3,000 were bound. Krakatoan Dome was designed to cope with the tremors of its earthquake prone area. Problems began when there were more quakes than any of the experts had counted on, which many suspected were being artificially created.
The Sub-Sea Academy assigned Jim Eden to find out what was going on because of his experience working underwater and because his uncle was suspected of being the one behind the quakes. Floyd C. Gale wrote that the book was "Frankly and a gee-whiz yarn, it reaches its target—youngsters—with plenty of mystery and suspense". Attack from Atlantis – Science fiction novel by Lester del Rey Sealab 2020 – Television cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera Productions Sealab 2021 – American animated television series Brown, Charles N.. "The Locus Index to Science Fiction". Retrieved 2008-02-27. Chalker, Jack L.. The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. pp. 303–307
Search the Sky
Search the Sky is a satirical science fiction novel by American writers Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth, first published in 1954 by Ballantine Books. Halsey's Planet is in decline, when a generation ship arrives, having failed to contact six other planets, Ross is sent to discover the state of the interstellar colonies, he is given a ship which can make the trip from colony to colony instantaneously. The technology used in the ship has been kept secret because it could give rise to interstellar war if one colony decided to conquer others. However, the isolated populations are affected by genetic drift resulting in a decline in their societies; the first planet he visits has been destroyed, the second is a gerontocratic travesty of a democracy, the third is a repressive matriarchy. On the way he picks up companions Bernie; the next planet they visit is supposed to be Earth. This planet called Jones, is ruled by a cult of total conformity in all areas of life, including genetic phenotype. Ross discovers that the equation whose meaning he has been seeking refers to the loss of unfixed genes in a small population, which explains the degeneracy of the planets he has visited.
Dr. Sam Jones learns that he has been worshiping an equation on genetic drift, joins the little band, they sort out their navigational problem and make it to Earth, a civilisation of morons protected by a small minority of hidden geniuses, like the situation in "The Marching Morons". Ross realises. Groff Conklin reviewed the novel, praising it as "a colorful and pointed melodrama," but a lesser work than its authors' The Space Merchants. Boucher and McComas found it "grand fun on a variety of levels," although they noted it was not a unified novel, but "a series of Voyages imaginaires in the Eighteenth Century tradition... cautionary exaggerations of certain sociopolitical trends." Search the Sky title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Search the Sky at Project Gutenberg Search the Sky public domain audiobook at LibriVox
Slave Ship (Pohl novel)
Slave Ship is a 1956 short science fiction novel by American writer Frederik Pohl serialized in Galaxy. The scene is a world in the throes of a low-intensity global war, which appears to be an amplified representation of the Vietnam War, in which the U. S. was just beginning to be involved. The plot involves telepathy, speaking to animals, and, in the last few pages, an invasion by extraterrestrials; the nominal adversaries in the novel are known as "cow-dyes", a corruption of Caodai, a religion of Vietnamese origin. On the American side, who are used in espionage and other covert activities, are falling victim to "the glotch", a fatal affliction, believed to be a Caodai bio-weapon, transmitted telepathically. Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the novel as "an authentically convincing picture of a wartime navy and... a think-tank tickler." Anthony Boucher reported Slave Ship to be "at once fascinating and disappointing." Boucher praised Pohl for his "Heinleinesque skill in the detailed indirect exposition of a convincing future," but faulted the novel as episodic, weakly characterized, arbitrarily resolved.
Slave Ship parts 1, 2, 3 at the Internet Archive Slave Ship title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Day Million is a collection of science fiction short stories by American writer Frederik Pohl, published in June 1970. "Day Million" "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass" "The Day the Martians Came" "Schematic Man" "Small Lords" "Making Love" "Way Up Yonder" "Speed Trap" "It's a Young World" "Under Two Moons" The title story, "Day Million", details the romantic affair between two people, referred to as Don and Dora in the millionth day CE, which falls late in the year 2737, although the author alternately describes it as being about a thousand years in the future. The text addresses the reader directly, subverting expectations by revealing that Dora is genetically male but was made female shortly after conception because genetic analysis showed that he/she would prefer that outcome. Don is described as handsome and bronzed, but is revealed to be a partial cyborg who wears a coppery radiation shield over his entire body, to protect him while helping to pilot a starship. Dora for her part is semi-aquatic, having gills.
The two have a marriage ceremony and part forever, having exchanged personality recordings. Through these they can experience sex with any number of other virtual lovers; the reader is addressed as a conservative man, repelled by the concepts presented, while enjoying the fruits of progress in the 1960s. In the "Schematic Man" a man's life is transcribed into a computer to the point where he begins to believe that he is living within the machine, "Making Love", in which population control is effected by providing everybody with simulated lovers indistinguishable from the real thing. In contrast, "Under Two Moons" combines a parody of the John Carter stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with a hero cast as a space-traveling secret agent in the style of James Bond. "The Day the Martians Came" is a short piece about men in a bar making up jokes about the newly discovered Martians, who are pathetic primitive beings. All are re-workings of old racial jokes. Somebody suggests that discovering the Martians won't matter to anybody, but the black bartender responds that it might matter a lot to people like him.
"The Deadly Mission of P. Snodgrass" is a time-travel story in which the protagonist gives modern medicine and technology to the Romans; the resultant population explosion, extrapolated to the 20th century, results in the entire mass of the planet Earth consisting of human bodies. It was published as humorous essay on the "Editor's Page" of Galaxy Science Fiction. Day Million title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Ballantine Books is a major book publisher located in the United States, founded in 1952 by Ian Ballantine with his wife, Betty Ballantine. It was acquired by Random House in 1973, which in turn was acquired by Bertelsmann in 1998 and remains part of that company today. Ballantine's logo is a pair of mirrored letter Bs back to back; the firm's early editors were Bernard Shir-Cliff. Following Fawcett Publications' controversial 1950 introduction of Gold Medal paperback originals rather than reprints, Lion Books and Ace decided to publish originals. In 1952, Ian Ballantine, a founder of Bantam Books, announced that he would "offer trade publishers a plan for simultaneous publishing of original titles in two editions, a hardcover'regular' edition for bookstore sale, a paper-cover,'newsstand' size, low-priced edition for mass market sale."When the first Ballantine Book, Cameron Hawley's Executive Suite was published in 1952, the publishing industry saw that the simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions were obvious successes.
Houghton Mifflin published the $3.00 hardcover at the same time Ballantine distributed its 35¢ paperback. By February 1953, Ballantine was preparing to print 100,000 more. Houghton Mifflin sold 22,000 hardback copies in its first printing. Ballantine's sales soon totaled 470,000 copies. Instead of hurting hardback sales as some predicted, the paperback edition instead gave the book more publicity. After the film rights were sold to MGM, Robert Wise directed the 1954 film, nominated for four Academy Awards. On the heels of that kind of sales and publicity, other Ballantine titles were seen in spinner racks across the country. Executive Suite was followed by Hal Ellson's The Golden Spike, Stanley Baron's All My Enemies, Luke Short's Saddle by Starlight, Ruth Park's The Witch's Thorn, Emile Danoen's Tides of Tide, Frank Bonham's Blood on the Land, Al Capp's The World of Li'l Abner and LaSelle Gilman's The Red Gate. During the early 1950s, Ballantine attracted attention as one of the leading publishers of paperback science fiction and fantasy, beginning with The Space Merchants.
The Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth novel had first appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction under the title Gravy Planet. Kauffman scored when he acquired and edited Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Ballantine's science fiction line included the unusual Star Science Fiction Stories. With cover paintings by Richard Powers, this innovative anthology series offered new fiction rather than reprints. Edited by Frederik Pohl, it attracted readers by combining the formats of both magazines and paperbacks. In the early 1960s, the company engaged in a well-known rivalry with Ace Books for the rights to reprint the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Edgar Rice Burroughs in paperback form. Ballantine prevailed in the struggle for the Tolkien work, with their editions of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings including a message on the back cover from Tolkien himself urging consumers to buy Ballantine's version and boycott "unauthorized editions". A separate Canadian edition of the books was published with different front cover art work.
Tolkien asked for permission to add the back cover message. Betty Ballantine recalled: "And we did put a little statement on the back covers saying that Ace was not paying royalties to Professor Tolkien, everybody who admired Lord of the Rings should only buy our paperback edition. Well, everybody got behind us. There was no publication that did not carry some kind of outraged article, and of course, the whole science fiction fraternity got behind the book. During the mid-1970s, Ballantine published the Star Trek Logs, a ten-volume series of Alan Dean Foster adaptations of the animated Star Trek. In 1968, Ballantine published a non-fiction book related to Star Trek, The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry. In 1976, Ballantine published the novelization of a forthcoming science fiction film, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas; the book, like the film Star Wars released the following year, was an enormous success and sold out its initial print run.
In the first three months, Ballantine sold 3.5 million copies. After publishing The World of Li'l Abner, Ballantine introduced Shel Silverstein in 1956 with his Grab Your Socks! Collection of cartoons from Pacific Stars and Stripes. Ballantine published several collections of Jim Davis' comic strip Garfield; as an editor at Ballantine during the 1950s and 1960s, Bernard Shir-Cliff handled the Zacherley anthologies, the paperback of Hunter Thompson's Hell's Angels, Harvey Kurtzman's The Mad Reader and other early Mad paperbacks. He made four contributions to other magazines edited by Kurtzman. In 1956, Shir-Cliff edited a humor anthology, The Wild Reader, for Ballantine, including essays and satirical pieces by Robert Benchley, Art Buchwald, Tom Lehrer, John Lardner, Shepherd Mead, Ogden Nash, S. J. Perelman, Frank Sullivan, James Thurber and others; the 154-page paperback was illustrated with cartoons by Kelly Freas who did the front cover. Another contributor to both Ballantine and the Kurtzman magazines was the cartoonist-author Roger Price.
He did two humor books for Ballantine. I'm for Me First details Herman Clabbercutt's plan to launch a revolutionary political party known as the "I'm for M
Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials
Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials is a science fiction book by artist Wayne Barlowe, with Ian Summers and Beth Meacham. It contains Barlowe's visualizations of different extraterrestrial life forms from various works of science fiction, with information on their planetary location or range and behaviors, in the style of a real field guide for animals, it was nominated for the 1980 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. The second edition has an added foreword by Robert Silverberg. After the success of the work, in 1996 Barlowe and Neil Duskis wrote a second book, Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy; the book contains descriptions of the following species: Abyormenite - Hal Clement's Cycle of Fire Athshean - Ursula K. Le Guin's The Word for World Is Forest Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud Chulpex - Avram Davidson's Masters of the Maze Cinruss - James White's Sector General series Cryer - Joseph Green's Conscience Interplanetary Cygnan - Donald Moffitt's The Jupiter Theft Cygnostik - Michael Bishop's A Little Knowledge Czill - Jack L. Chalker's Well World series Demon - Keith Laumer's A Plague of Demons Demu - F. M. Busby's Cage a Man Dextran - David J. Lake's The Right Hand of Dextra Dilbian - Gordon R. Dickson's Spacial Delivery and Spacepaw Dirdir - Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure series Garnishee - Harry Harrison's Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers Gowachin - Frank Herbert's Whipping Star and The Dosadi Experiment Guild Steersman - Frank Herbert's Dune Ishtarians - Poul Anderson's Fire Time Ixchel - Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time Ixtl - A. E. van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle Lithian - James Blish's A Case of Conscience Masters - John Christopher's The Tripods trilogy Medusan - Jack Williamson's The Legion of Space Merseian - Poul Anderson's Ensign Flandry Mesklinite - Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity Mother - Philip José Farmer's Strange Relations Old Galactic - James H. Schmitz's Legacy Old One - H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness Overlord - Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End Pnume - Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure series Polarian - Piers Anthony's Cluster series Pierson's Puppeteers - Larry Niven's Known Space series Radiate - Naomi Mitchison's Memoirs of a Spacewoman Regul - C. J. Cherryh's The Faded Sun: Kesrith Riim - A. E. van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle Ruml - Gordon R. Dickson's The Alien Way Salaman - Brian Stableford's Wildeblood's Empire Sirian - Frederik Pohl's The Age of the Pussyfoot Slash - Piers Anthony's Kirlian Quest Soft One - Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves Solaris - Stanisław Lem's Solaris Sulidor - Robert Silverberg's Downward to the Earth Terran - humans.
The Thing - John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?" Thrint - Larry Niven's Known Space series Tran - Alan Dean Foster's Icerigger Triped - Damon Knight's Rule Golden Tyreean - James Tiptree's Up the Walls of the World Uchjinian - Jack L. Chalker's Well World series Vegan - Robert A. Heinlein's Have Space Suit—Will Travel Velantian - E. E. Smith's Lensman series Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials received a mixed review from Wendy Bousfield in Library Journal. Bousfield commented that the book's drawings were "colorful", but "somewhat static and artificial-looking, with less vitality than the preparatory sketches from the artist's notebook included at the end." She criticized the omission of "the facts of publication of the novels", but concluded that public libraries might still be interested in the work. The book received a positive review from Claudia J. Morner in School Library Journal. Morner praised the book's "colorful drawings" and "fold-out comparative size chart" showing the size of aliens relative to human beings.
She concluded that it was a "fun browsing book" that would appeal to "young people fascinated by monsters" as well as to science fiction readers. Barlowe's work was nominated for an American Book Award and for the 1980 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials on Open Library at the Internet Archive
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Cyril M. Kornbluth was an American science fiction author and a member of the Futurians, he used a variety of pen-names, including Cecil Corwin, S. D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park, Arthur Cooke, Paul Dennis Lavond, Scott Mariner; the "M" in Kornbluth's name may have been in tribute to Mary Byers. Kornbluth grew up in the uptown Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, in New York City, he was of the son of a "second-generation Jew" who ran his own tailor shop. According to his widow, Kornbluth was a "precocious child", learning to read by the age of three and writing his own stories by the time he was seven, he graduated from high school at thirteen, received a CCNY scholarship at fourteen, was "thrown out for leading a student strike" without graduating. As a teenager, he became a member of the Futurians, an influential group of science fiction fans and writers. While a member of the Futurians, he met and became friends with Frederik Pohl, Donald A. Wollheim, Robert A. W. Lowndes, his future wife Mary Byers.
He participated in the Fantasy Amateur Press Association. Kornbluth served in the US Army during World War II, he received a Bronze Star for his service in the Battle of the Bulge, where he served as a member of a heavy machine gun crew. Upon his discharge, he returned to finish his education at the University of Chicago under the G. I. Bill. While living in Chicago he worked at Trans-Radio Press, a news wire service. In 1951 he started writing full-time, returning to the East Coast where he collaborated on novels with his old Futurian friends Frederik Pohl and Judith Merril. Kornbluth began writing at 15, his first solo story, "The Rocket of 1955", was published in Richard Wilson's fanzine Escape. His other short fiction includes "The Little Black Bag", "The Marching Morons", "The Altar at Midnight", "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie", "Gomez" and "The Advent on Channel 12". "The Little Black Bag" was first adapted for television live on the television show Tales of Tomorrow on May 30, 1952.
It was adapted for television by the BBC in 1969 for its Out of the Unknown series. In 1970, the same story was adapted by Rod Serling for an episode of his Night Gallery series; this dramatization starred Burgess Meredith as the alcoholic Dr. William Fall, who had long lost his doctor's license and become a homeless alcoholic, he finds a bag containing advanced medical technology from the future, after an unsuccessful attempt to pawn it, he uses benevolently. "The Marching Morons" is a look at a far future in which the world's population consists of five billion idiots and a few million geniuses – the precarious minority of the "elite" working to keep things running behind the scenes. In his introduction to The Best of C. M. Kornbluth, Pohl states that "The Marching Morons" is a direct sequel to "The Little Black Bag": it is easy to miss this, as "Bag" is set in the contemporary present while "Morons" takes place several centuries from now, there is no character who appears in both stories; the titular black bag in the first story is an artifact from the time period of "The Marching Morons": a medical kit filled with self-driven instruments enabling a far-future moron to "play doctor".
A future Earth similar to "The Marching Morons" – a civilisation of morons protected by a small minority of hidden geniuses – is used again in the final stages of Kornbluth & Pohl's Search the Sky."MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie" is written by Kornbluth using notes by "Cecil Corwin", declared insane and incarcerated, who smuggles out in fortune cookies the ultimate secret of life; this fate is said to be Kornbluth's response to the unauthorized publication of "Mask of Demeter" in Wollheim's anthology Prize Science Fiction in 1953. Biographer Mark Rich describes the 1958 story "Two Dooms" as one of several stories which are "concern with the ethics of theoretical science" and which "explore moral quandaries of the atomic age": "Two Dooms" follows atomic physicist Edward Royland on his accidental journey into an alternative universe where the Nazis and Japanese rule a divided United States. In his own world, Royland debated whether to delay progress at the Los Alamos nuclear research site or to help the atomic bomb achieve its terrifying result.
Encountering both a slave village and a concentration camp in the alternative America, he comes to grips with the idea of life under bondage. Many of Kornbluth's novels were written as collaborations: either with Judith Merril, or with Frederik Pohl; these include The Space Merchants. The Space Merchants contributed to the maturing and to the wider academic respectability of the science fiction genre, not only in America but in Europe. Kornbluth wrote several novels under his own name, including The Syndic and Not This August. Kornbluth died at age 34 in New York. Scheduled to meet with Bob Mills in New York City to interview for the position of editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Kornbluth had to shovel snow from his driveway, which delayed him. Running to meet his train, he suffered a fatal heart attack on the platform of the station. A number of short stories remained unfinished at Kornbluth's death.