Ten stories from 1941,56,59,61,66,67,68.
Favorites: “The Death Mission Of P.Snodgrass” (1962) – It may be short but this is one of my favorite Pohl stories. Snodgrass invents a time machine and goes back to ancient Rome. He introduces modern medicine. As a consequence by the year 60 AD the world population is a billion. And that’s just the beginning.
“Schematic Man” (1969) – A man wants to program his entire life into a computer. He’s too successful.
“Under Two Moons” (1965 novelette) – A send up of the secret agent craze. Johan Gull is a top agent for Security on Mars. His boss is .5. After a narrow escape Gull is assigned to check into a story of UFO’s. Two prospectors said they were contacted by flying saucers. Now a cult has built up around them. Could it be the work of Security’s arch enemy The Black Hats?
I’m guessing that Pohl’s “The Death Mission Of P.Snodgrass” (1962) would fit into my overpopulation in sci-fi list? Sounds really fun.
It would fit on that list. It doesn’t go into a lot of detail but mentions continuing consequences with Pohl’s tounge firmly in cheek.
Thanks! I’ll add it right away.
I think the version in this collection is a rewrite of the 1962 version… hmm… wonder how much is different.
I haven’t read the version from “In The Problem Pit” for many years. I know it’s listed as an essay so maybe in that collection it’s more commentary than story. The story itself is so short I don’t know why anything would change. If I come across it again I’ll have to check it out.
It happens I just read In The Problem Pit a few weeks ago. The version there is certainly not an essay. It has a bit of the form of the nonfact article, in that it describes the particulars of the super-hyper-ultra-overpopulation rather than focusing on specific scenes or people or dialogue, with all those ridiculous calculations going onward, but it’d be a stretch to call it an essay.
Thanks for clearing that up. Even though I don’t remember the version from that collection I was wondering why some listings called it an essay. Sounds like the story is the same in both collections.