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“A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”
Frederik Pohl
“They were two lovely choices. One of them meant giving up every chance of a decent life forever...and the other one scared me out of my mind.”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“Anyway, that's what life is, just one learning experience after another, and when you're through with all the learning experiences you graduate and what you get for a diploma is, you die.”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“I was worried about sex," he went on. "But you know what, Sulie? It's like being told I can't have any caviar for the next couple years. I don't even like caviar. And when you come right down to it, I don't want sex right now. I supposed you punched that into the computer? 'Cut down sex drive, increase euphoria'? Anyway, it finally penetrated my little brain that I was just making trouble for myself, worrying about whether I could get along without something I really didn't want. It's a reflection of what I think other people think I should want.”
Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
“I perceived quite early that I was a reader, and most of the people I came into contact with were not. It made a barrier. What they wanted to talk about were things they had eaten, touched, or done. What I wanted to talk about was what I had read.”
Frederik Pohl, The Way the Future Was: A Memoir
“That's really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have.”
Frederik Pohl
“What were we doing here? Traveling hundreds or thousands of light-years, to break our hearts?”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“On this day I want to tell you about, which will be about a thousand years from now, there were a boy, a girl and a love story.”
Frederik Pohl, The Best of Frederik Pohl
“When you spend weeks on end close to another person, so close that you know every hiccough, every smell and every scratch on the skin, you either come out of it hating each other or so deep in each other's gut that you can't find a way out. Klara and I were both. Our little love affair had turned into a Siamese-twin relationship. There wasn't any romance in it. There wasn't room enough between us for romance to occur. And yet I knew every inch of Klara, every pore, and every thought, far better than I'd known my own mother. And in the same way: from the womb out. I was surrounded by Klara”
Frederik pohl, Gateway
“You asked me, 'Do you call this living?" And I answer: Yes, it is exactly what I call living. And in my best hypothetical sense, I envy it very much.”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“The robots came bearing a gift and the name of it was "Plenty."
Plenty is a habit-forming drug. You do not cut the dosage down. You kick it if you can; you stop the dose entirely. But the convulsions that follow may wreck the body entirely.”
Frederik Pohl, The Midas Plague
“She's thinking I betrayed her, and she's thinking it now! I can't live with that.”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“And so in that moment he completes the process of growing up. And begins the process of dying. Which is much the same thing.”
Frederik Pohl, Jem
“You can't trust reason. We threw it out of the ad profession long ago and have never missed it.”
Frederik Pohl, The Space Merchants
“The bump of ego on his skull had swollen large, so he saw the whole world in terms of what it could give him.”
Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
tags: ego
“I'm so busy listening to the heart that I don't even hear when somebody asks me to pass the salt.”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“Cornut knew that that was what the immortals wanted. They had kept their herd of contended, helpless, shortlived cattle long enough. The herd had prospered until it competed with its unseen owners for food and space. Like any good husbandman, the immortals had decided to thin the herd out.”
Frederik Pohl, Drunkard's Walk
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of the waters; and the name of the star is called wormwood; and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Frederik Pohl
“La relación es evidente. Sube la publicidad, baja la poesía. Las personas capaces de escribir poemas musicales, emocionantes, conmovedores, son muy pocas. Cuando fue posible obtener excelentes entradas aplicando el talento lírico a la publicidad, la poesía quedó en manos de unos chiflados sin inspiración que gritan para hacerse oír y tratan de distinguirse con actitudes excéntricas.”
Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
“Wealth ... or death. Those were the choices Gateway offered. Humans had discovered this artificial spaceport, full of working interstellar ships left behind by the mysterious, vanished Heechee. Their destinations are preprogrammed. They are easy to operate, but impossible to control. Some came back with discoveries which made their intrepid pilots rich; others returned with their remains
barely identifiable. It was the ultimate game of Russian roulette, but in this resource-starved future there was no shortage of desperate.”
Frederik Pohl
“There are times when I sit at the center of the world, and when I know that I can reach out to any of the programs my good wife has written for me and pull back any fact, absorb any explanation or command any event.

There are also times when I sit with a full console and a head full of burning questions and learn nothing, because I do not know what to ask.

And there are times when I am so full of learning and being and doing that the moments zip past and the days are packed, and other times when I am floating in slack water beside a current, and the world is sliding speedily by.”
Frederik Pohl, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
“Four thousand A.U. plus is a long trip-and that’s as the crow flies. Or, actually, as the photon fires, because of course there aren’t a lot of crows in near-interstellar space.”
Frederik Pohl, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
“It isn't a matter of what's rational or justified, it is a matter of signals. It was the wrong signal to give me. The reason wolves don't kill each other off is that the smaller and weaker wolf always surrenders. It rolls over, bares its throat and puts its paws in the air to signal that it is beaten. When that happens the winner is physically unable to attack anymore. If it were not that way, there wouldn't be any wolves left. For the same reason men don't usually kill women, or not by beating them to death. They can't. However much he wants to hit her, his internal machinery vetoes it. But if the woman makes the mistake of giving him a different signal by hitting him first.”
Frederik Pohl
“There are people who never pass a certain point in their emotional development. They cannot live a normal free-and-easy, give-and-take life with a sexual partner for more than a short time. Something inside them will not tolerate happiness. The better it gets, the more they have to destroy it.”
Frederik Pohl, Gateway
“The FDA just ordered them off the market. The glaze is supposed to be poison—provided you drink at least forty cups of tea out of one of them every day of your life for twenty years.”
Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
“Slaves dream of freedom, commoners dream of becoming kings, what do kings dream of?”
Frederick Pohl
“Total available Calories divided by Population equals Artistic-Technological Style. When the ratio Calories-to-Population is large—say, five thousand or more, five thousand daily calories for every living person—then the Artistic-Technological Style is big. People carve Mount Rushmore; they build great foundries; they manufacture enormous automobiles to carry one housewife half a mile for the purchase of one lipstick. Life is coarse and rich where C:P is large. At the other extreme, where C:P is too small, life does not exist at all. It has starved out. Experimentally, add little increments to C:P and it will be some time before the right-hand side of the equation becomes significant. But at last, in the 1,000 to 1,500 calorie range, Artistic-Technological Style firmly appears in self-perpetuating form. C:P in that range produces the small arts, the appreciations, the peaceful arrangements of necessities into subtle relationships of traditionally agreed-upon virtue. Think of Japan, locked into its Shogunate prison, with a hungry population scrabbling food out of mountainsides and beauty out of arrangements of lichens. The small, inexpensive sub-sub-arts are characteristic of the 1,000 to 1,500 calorie range.”
Frederik Pohl, Wolfbane
“It is not a cheap commodity, love. Some of us can have it and never face the bill, but only if someone else picks up the check.”
Frederik Pohl, Heechee Rendezvous
tags: love
“That was an all-purpose IBM 3070. It took up half a room and still did not have enough capacity to do all the jobs demanded of it.”
Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
“Mi sentido de la iniciativa, la cualidad que me había llevado a ser lo que era, estaba agonizando poco a poco. Las dosis mínimas de alcaloides me paralizaban la voluntad, pero peor aún era esa sensación de impotencia y desesperanza. Pensaba ya que así era el mundo, que nunca cambiaría, que al fin y al cabo esto no era tan terrible, que uno siempre podía entrar en trance ante una hermosa pantalla o emborracharse con Gaseosa, o probar una de esas cápsulas verdes que pasaban de mano en mano con diversas consignas. Los muchachos esperarían con agrado el día de cobro.”
Frederik Pohl, The Space Merchants

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