1952F. Pohl & C. M. KornbluthGravy Planet in Galaxy Science Fiction June 8/1
‘They listened to the safety cranks and stopped us from projecting our messages on aircar windows, but Lab tells me—’ he nodded to our director of research across the table—‘that soon we’ll be testing a system that projects direct [sic] on the retina of the eye.’
1976F. PohlMan Plus in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 53/2
Don Kayman was a complex man who never let go of a problem. It was why we wanted him on the project as areologist, but it extended to the religious part of his life too.
1976F. PohlMan Plus in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 27/1
Don Kayman was…the world’s most authoritative Areologist—which is to say, specialist in the planet Mars…. He was also a Jesuit priest. He did not think of himself as being one thing first and the other with what part of him was left over; his work was Areology, his person was priesthood.
1954C. M. Kornbluth & F. PohlSearch the Sky iii. 33
It is conceivable, of course, that a planet might be asleep at the switch. We could believe it, I suppose, if it seemed that the first-choice planet somehow didn’t pick the ship up when this longliner came into radar range. In that event, of course, it would orbit once or twice on automatics, and then select for its first alternate target—which it did.
1951‘J. McCreigh’Danger Moon in Science Fiction Quarterly Aug. 46/1
He really wanted to blast us. And he had the stuff to do it with, too, with that baby battleship he was flying. It wasn’t his fault that we ducked and only got a little dose of the tail end of his rocket blast.
1941‘P. D. Lavond’Callistan Tomb in Science Fiction Quarterly Spring 111/1
The prop was shoved against the ceiling, and they swung their bodies against it to batten it into place. Then they waited to see. Slowly the beam arced under a pressure greater than the soft Callistan timber was cut to resist; as the men stood aside it snapped with the noise of a gunshot.
1963J. Williamson & F. PohlReefs of Space in Worlds of If Nov. 84/1
They were at the center, and as the air reached earth-normal density the invisible small creatures that gave it light and life were thickly packed about them.
1956F. PohlSlave Ship in Galaxy Science Fiction Mar. vi. 129/2
‘If you’re sorry now, what will you be when a court-martial gets hold of you?’ ‘But I—I didn’t say anything, sir. I just sort of, well, wanted to know how my wife was. You don’t talk when you esp. You just—’ ‘Knock it off,’ ordered Kedrick explosively. ‘You can tell all that to Commander Lineback. I can assure you, though, that he takes a dim view of you right at the moment.’
1974F. Pohl in E. L. Ferman & B. N. Malzberg Final Stage (1975) 28
H. G. Wells told us that the essence of first contact might be invasion and exploitation (in The War of the Worlds ) on the highly defensible assumption that since that had been the way it had usually been in earthly affairs, interplanetary affairs would likely be the same.
1990F. PohlWorld at End of Time (1993) 334
To land, their little ship had to slide through an opening that appeared magically in the atmosphere-holding, radiation-shielding forcefield that kept the people who lived on Moon Mary safe.
1964F. Pohl in Worlds of If Nov. 115/2
Until some frabjous super-Batman invented the mythical FTL drive it would always be so. At possible speeds…it was a matter of decades to reach almost every worthwhile planet.
1991F. Pohl(back cover quote) in L. Niven Ringworld (back cover)
‘Ringworld’ is the best of the newest wave, the return to classical hard-science fiction of the kind popular in the Golden Age. Niven’s imagination is 3-D and detailed, and his style is lucid and appealing.
1963F. PohlFive Hells of Orion in Worlds of If Jan. 29/1
An hour later, with food in his belly and something from the surgeon’s hypospray in his bloodstream to clear his brain, he was in the captain’s cabin.
1990F. PohlWorld at End of Time (1993) 11
The unanticipated flare would be pouring our wholly unexpected floods of photons, and, as the light sail had already been deployed to help in Mayflower’s long, slow deceleration, the fare would be shoving them off course and their speed would be decreasing too rapidly.
1992F. PohlMining Oort (1993) 6
It was Artsutanov who proposed that if one were to position a satellite in geostationary orbit right over a planet’s equator, and hang a cable thirty-six thousand kilometres long from it, the whole lash-up would amount to an ‘orbital tower’.
1943‘J. MacCreigh’Earth, Farewell! in Early Pohl (1976) 88
In the tube to the rocketport I was accosted by a man, shabby and furtive, who seemed to know by my appearance and possibly by secret, underground ways, that I had been chosen.
1974F. Pohl in R. Bretnor Science Fiction, Today & Tomorrow 22
Science fiction.…published in book form…was almost never labeled science fiction. That term was reserved to the pulp magazines and, in fact, most of them even called it by other names—‘science fantasy’, or ‘stories of superscience’.
1959F. PohlBook Reviews in Worlds of If Sept. 100/2
They are packed with gadgets, invented on the fly for purely cosmetic purposes; opium isn’t ‘science-fictiony’ enough so the writer snaps his fingers twice and comes up with a word: ‘hypnojewels’.
1965F. PohlAge of Pussyfoot in Galaxy Dec. x. 170/2
‘Just call him “the Sirian”, will you? Anyway, he has a funny way of talking.’ ‘Perhaps that lies in my computation, Man Forrester. The Sirian language is tenseless and quasi-Boolean. I have taken the liberty of translating it into approximately 20th-century English modes of speech, but if you wish I can give you a more liberal rendering, or—’ ‘No, it’s not that. He seems to have something on his mind.’
1952F. Pohl & C. M. KornbluthGravy Planet in Galaxy Science Fiction July 139/2
I stepped on the leftbound slidewalk and went past the door marked ‘Mail Room’, to the corridor juncture where my slidewalk dipped down around its roller.
2008A. C. Clarke & F. PohlLast Theorem xxxvii. 237
Natasha’s smile persisted as she thought of all the attempts she had made to explain solar sailing to audiences of potential backers and the merely curious on Earth.
1963J. Williamson & F. PohlReefs of Space in Worlds of If July 35/1
Colonel Lescure, he discovered, was Director of the Plan of Space Biology, for example. A major named Max Lunggren was an astrophysicist.
1960F. PohlWorlds of If in Worlds of If Jan. 83/1 (review)
Arthur C. Clarke has a sharp mind and a disciplined typewriter and his stories of space exploration have that rare and satisfying quality, the feel of being the authentic reminiscences of an Old Space Dog. In The Challenge of the Space Ship (Harper), he is permitted to cast off the fiction format and present some two hundred pages of pure fact and speculation.
1943‘J. MacCreigh’Conspiracy on Callisto in Planet Stories Winter 46/2
They were fighting ships, small, speedy ones, in Callisto for refueling before returnng to the League’s ceaseless patrol of the System’s starlanes.
2005F. PohlBoy Who Would Live Forever 205
This thing is a version of what you called a dream machine, technically known as a ‘telempathic psychokinetic transceiver’… If the two of you were to get into the two sides of it and it were properly activated, each of you would at once feel everything the other was feeling.
1984F. PohlBeyond the Gate in Amazing Stories 74
No one knew anything about a ‘telempathic psychokinetic receiver’ at that time. What it looked like, and was, was periodic, world-wide epidemics of insanity.
2008A. C. Clarke & F. PohlLast Theorem xxxii. 209
Like everybody else in the world who owned a telescreen—which, to a close approximation, was pretty much everybody in the world—they had seen the rapturous news stories that had accompanied the Skyhook’s evolution to passenger-carrying.
1966F. PohlRelativistic Dilemma in Worlds of If June 4/2
The more massive our Gemini capsule becomes the more difficult to accelerate; and you can’t really push it up to the infinite-mass stage without infinite force in the thrusters to do the job.
1954F. Pohl in Galaxy Science Fiction Apr. 49/1
It was an enormous glaringly new mansion, bigger even than Morey’s former house, stuffed to bursting with bulging sofas and pianos and massive mahogany chairs and tri-D sets and bedrooms and drawing rooms and breakfast rooms and nurseries.
1958F. PohlGentlest Unpeople in Galaxy Science Fiction June i. 68/1
Popagator merely smiled—well, no. He didn’t smile. He couldn’t; he had no lips to smile with, being only a Venusian and a scrawny, shrunken one at that. But he indicated polite amusement.
1987F. PohlAdeste Fidelis in D. G. Hartwell Christmas Stars (2004) 16
He was neither a xenoanthropologist nor a xenobiologist, nor did he have any of the special skills that made the lives of the survivors fairly tolerable.