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Volume 45, Number 3, Whole Number 268 Contents: Frederik Pohl - In the Problem Pit Lester Del Rey - Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman (article) Mark Owings - Frederik Pohl: Bibliography Baird Searles - Films Gahan Wilson - Cartoon Barry N. Malzberg - The Helmet Ward Moore - Dominions Beyond Bill Pronzini - I Wish I May, I Wish I Might... Edward Wellen - The Cryonauts Isaac Asimov - Scienc Volume 45, Number 3, Whole Number 268 Contents: Frederik Pohl - In the Problem Pit Lester Del Rey - Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman (article) Mark Owings - Frederik Pohl: Bibliography Baird Searles - Films Gahan Wilson - Cartoon Barry N. Malzberg - The Helmet Ward Moore - Dominions Beyond Bill Pronzini - I Wish I May, I Wish I Might... Edward Wellen - The Cryonauts Isaac Asimov - Science: Signs of the Times F. M. Busby - Cage A Man Cover by Carol Pohl


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Volume 45, Number 3, Whole Number 268 Contents: Frederik Pohl - In the Problem Pit Lester Del Rey - Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman (article) Mark Owings - Frederik Pohl: Bibliography Baird Searles - Films Gahan Wilson - Cartoon Barry N. Malzberg - The Helmet Ward Moore - Dominions Beyond Bill Pronzini - I Wish I May, I Wish I Might... Edward Wellen - The Cryonauts Isaac Asimov - Scienc Volume 45, Number 3, Whole Number 268 Contents: Frederik Pohl - In the Problem Pit Lester Del Rey - Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman (article) Mark Owings - Frederik Pohl: Bibliography Baird Searles - Films Gahan Wilson - Cartoon Barry N. Malzberg - The Helmet Ward Moore - Dominions Beyond Bill Pronzini - I Wish I May, I Wish I Might... Edward Wellen - The Cryonauts Isaac Asimov - Science: Signs of the Times F. M. Busby - Cage A Man Cover by Carol Pohl

13 review for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 1973 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #268)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Erickson

    This was the special issue dedicated to Frederik Pohl, but there was very little special about it. Frederik Pohl - In the Problem Pit - 3 stars - People are drafted or volunteer to join problem solving teams, which are isolated until they solve whatever problems they decide to tackle. Kind of an odd story. Lester Del Rey - Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman (article) - 3 stars - A short biography of Frederik Pohl. Barry N. Malzberg - The Helmet - 3 stars - Alien invaders have taken over Earth. They force This was the special issue dedicated to Frederik Pohl, but there was very little special about it. Frederik Pohl - In the Problem Pit - 3 stars - People are drafted or volunteer to join problem solving teams, which are isolated until they solve whatever problems they decide to tackle. Kind of an odd story. Lester Del Rey - Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman (article) - 3 stars - A short biography of Frederik Pohl. Barry N. Malzberg - The Helmet - 3 stars - Alien invaders have taken over Earth. They force some people to where a helmet which makes them believe that things are much better than they really are. Then they punish them by taking the helmet away. Ward Moore - Dominions Beyond - 4 stars - An inventor unintentionally invents a space ship in the late 1800s. His financial supporter accidentally uses it to go to Mars. Over 100 years later, the first known manned mission to Mars finds the society which was the result. A satire on British culture. Bill Pronzini - I Wish I May, I Wish I Might... - 3 stars - An autistic young boy finds a genie and is granted 3 wishes. His wishes are not what you would normally expect. Edward Wellen - The Cryonauts - 4 stars - An unfortunate side effect of cryogenic freezing is discovered. Isaac Asimov - Science: Signs of the Times - 3 stars - The astronomical basis for astrology. F. M. Busby - Cage A Man - 4 stars - A very odd "aliens capture a man" story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    CONTENTS ◾Special Frederik Pohl Section: ▪️"In the Problem Pit" - Frederik Pohl [fiction] ▪️"Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman" - Lester del Rey [non-fiction] ▪️"Frederik Pohl: Bibliography" - Mark Owings [non-fiction] ◾Fiction: ▪️"The Helmet" - Barry N. Malzberg ▪️"Dominions Beyond" - Ward Moore ▪️"I Wish I May, I Wish I Might..." - Bill Pronzini ▪️"The Cryonauts" - Edward Wellen ▪️"Cage a Man" - F. M. Busby ◾Non-fiction: ▪️"Films" - Baird Searles ▪️"Science: 'Signs of the Times'" - Isaac Asimov ◾Cartoon - Gahan CONTENTS ◾Special Frederik Pohl Section: ▪️"In the Problem Pit" - Frederik Pohl [fiction] ▪️"Frederik Pohl: Frontiersman" - Lester del Rey [non-fiction] ▪️"Frederik Pohl: Bibliography" - Mark Owings [non-fiction] ◾Fiction: ▪️"The Helmet" - Barry N. Malzberg ▪️"Dominions Beyond" - Ward Moore ▪️"I Wish I May, I Wish I Might..." - Bill Pronzini ▪️"The Cryonauts" - Edward Wellen ▪️"Cage a Man" - F. M. Busby ◾Non-fiction: ▪️"Films" - Baird Searles ▪️"Science: 'Signs of the Times'" - Isaac Asimov ◾Cartoon - Gahan Wilson F & SF has occasionally published "special issues," honoring one author. This issue is dedicated to Frederik Pohl. Pohl served in many areas of the field of science fiction: fan, author of fiction and non-fiction, editor, authors' agent, memoirist, and blogger. He is represented here by a fine novella, "In the Problem Pit." Some time in the near future (or in an alternative universe), the United States has adopted a policy of sequestering groups of people and having them name and then try to solve problems. The group in this story has sixteen people, three of whom are "resource people," that is, professionals paid to be there, five were volunteers, and the rest were "selected," people who were drafted. When exactly is this taking place? The oldest member of the group was born in 1923 and is 71 at the time the story takes place, making the year 1994. However, there are now 54 states in the USA. This story was published in 1973; did Pohl seriously think that four states would be added in twenty-one years? I doubt that, which is the reason I believe that this is meant to take place in an alternative universe. People in the story try to help each other with personal problems (e. g., "my business is doing badly") or societal issues (stamping out syphilis and gonorrhea). The story is much more concerned with the interactions between the participants than with the problems they discuss. Lester del Rey contributes a profile of Fred Pohl. He has high praise for Pohl as an author and lecturer and even higher praise for Pohl as a human being and, especially, as a friend. The remaining stories in this magazine are all by reasonably well-known authors. The most famous, I believe, is Bill Pronzini, who is much more noted for his mysteries than for his science fiction. His story "I Wish I May, I Wish I Might..." is neither science fiction nor a mystery; it is a pure fantasy, about a genie released from a bottle and the boy who released him. Edward Wellen's story in this issue is "The Cryonauts." Wellen was an uneven writer, whose stories ran from very poor to quite good and many stops in between. "The Cryonauts" is, in my opinion, at the lower end of that gamut. "Cryonauts" are people in frozen suspension, whose psychic powers can effect fully-living folks. Barry Malzberg, author of some of the gloomiest stories in the history of science fiction, stays in that vein in "The Helmet." Earth has been taken over by monstrous aliens, but humans wearing these helmets see the aliens very differently. "Dominions Beyond" by Ward Moore was originally published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1954. It is a comic tale about one staunch Englishman sent to Mars in 1887 and what follows after his meeting with belligerent Martians. F. M. Busby's novelette "Cage a Man" tells of Barton, an Earthman, one of about fifty humans and humanoids captured by lobster-like aliens. Barton is soon transferred to a room alone, a cage from which it seems impossible to escape. But Barton is both brave and intelligent. Isaac Asimov's science column in this issue is titled "Signs of the Times." As Asimov says, the article is about "the effect of the precession of the equinoxes...on some details of the celestial sphere, and on that tissue of absurdity, astrology." Or, in other words, for a variety of reasons, astrology makes no sense. Baird Searles was never one of my favorite film critics, but we are in agreement about the movie Theatre of Blood, a horror film starring Vincent Price. We both think that "Price has a field day" acting here and that "the supporting cast is a who's who of great British character actors." We agree that "the Shakespearian lines and killings are beautifully woven throughout the contemporary texture, and there's some good black humor." And mostly we agree that "this is a disgusting movie." This film revels in gratuitous gore. The cover features a rather peculiar picture of Frederik Pohl by his wife, Carol Pohl. I guess Fred liked this better than I do.

  3. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  4. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashby Albright

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Joseph Schumann

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tawnya Fugate

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dax

  10. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dante

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Crowl

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