Day Million-Frederik Pohl (Short Stories)

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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?


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7 Responses to Day Million-Frederik Pohl (Short Stories)

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    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.

  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    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.

  3. vintage45 says:

    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.

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