Frederik Pohl Ray Bradbury
Frederik Pohl (2009)   Ray Bradbury (1975)

Does Fred get his due as an author? Here’s a 2008 interview by Liz Armstrong at, in which she asserts he doesn’t, particularly in comparison to Waukegan’s favorite son, Ray Bradbury.

She begins:

Screw Ray Bradbury and all his Midwestern sci-fi fame and glory. It’s great that he gets all moony over rolling fields of grass, and sure he’s a jolly read, but his characters never really tickle danger. Where’s the fucking, the profanity, the evil? It’s a bad gimmick, but what the hell, why not even toss in a random alien-zapping dickwad once in a while? He’s not writing sci-fi, he’s writing fantasy. For elementary school children. When Chicago declared a couple years ago that April 15 was officially Ray Bradbury Day, why was there no looting and rioting? Bradbury’s a longtime Californian, first of all, and second, he’s no Frederik Pohl.

Read what Fred had to say about it at Vice.

—the blog team

Bradbury photo by Alan Light.

One Comment

  1. Lostinbooks says:

    All very true. I love both, but Frederick Pohl is not as well known as he deserved.