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The aptly titled Platinum Pohl is a superb collection of the best short stories from the iconic Frederik Pohl -- legendary writer, editor, agent, and genre ambassador -- whom editor James Frenkel characterizes as a giant who achieved "just about everything that one can do in the field of science fiction."
The 30 classic stories gathered in this mammoth collection span more than half a century and include the 1973 Hugo Awardwinning "The Meeting" (co-written with C. M. Kornbluth), a heartrending tale about a couple struggling with a monumental decision concerning their emotionally disturbed child; and 1949's "Let the Ants Try," one of the coolest time-travel stories ever written. Also included is the 1986 Hugo Awardwinning "Fermi and Frost," one of Pohl's many stories concerning nuclear war, which follows two survivors -- a SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) scientist and an orphaned boy -- to Iceland, where they must deal with devastating radioactive fallout.
Although Pohl has written numerous groundbreaking novels -- the Starchild trilogy with Jack Williamson, the Nebula Awardwinning Man Plus, the Hugo and Nebula Awardwinning Gateway, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, et al. -- he has had just as much -- if not more -- success with his short fiction. Platinum Pohl is so much more than a collection of literary gems by a legendary author; it's almost like a thematic genre retrospective of the past half century. This is one collection that's worth its weight in, well, platinum. Paul Goat Allen