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How I Came to Edit Frederik Pohl
Guest post by James Frenkel

James Frenkel (Photo by Joshua Frenkel)

James Frenkel (Photo by Joshua Frenkel)

For years I wanted to edit the works of Frederik Pohl. I loved his fiction, and not just the novels, but a lot of his stories as well. I also thought he was a terrific editor, because I read Galaxy and Worlds of If magazines in the 1960s, and when Fred was the editor they published a lot of great science fiction. So when I starting to work in book publishing and then began to edit science fiction for Dell Books, I thought it would be extremely cool to get Fred to write for Dell.

But I didn’t have a chance. The first time I ever really talked with him, at, I think, the Secondary Universe Conference at Queensborough Community College in New York City in 1969, he was polite, but I was not even close to being an editor yet. I was still in college, and meeting a bunch of big-name science fiction people all at once, and overwhelmed by the experience. It seemed to me that everywhere I looked was someone whose books or stories I had read: Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Lester Del Rey, Gordon R. Dickson, Frederik Pohl … and lots of others, including Ivor Rogers, who wasn’t an SF writer, but did write the occasional article for Time Magazine. and was a fascinating participant.

So years later, when I was now editing SF for Dell, I knew who Fred was, and I knew that he was hot — Gateway had just been published, and if he hadn’t been famous enough before, for all of his previous accomplishments, Gateway made him nothing short of the hottest SF writer on the planet. He was published by Del Rey Books, which was arguably the best sf and fantasy publisher in the world at that moment. It took enormous courage for me to even introduce myself to him, but I managed to do it — I think it was during Lunacon, New York’s annual SF convention. And then I asked him if he’d like to have lunch sometime and maybe talk about publishing a book with Dell.

I have the feeling that he humored me because he knew that an editor for a major publisher could afford to take him out for a very nice lunch at a fine New York restaurant. I don’t know for sure, but he did agree to lunch with me, and we did so, at a nice place on the East Side in Kips Bay … I remember it was Italian food, and I was really nervous. And when I asked him what he was working on — a classic opening line for an editor to dangle the bait of publication to an author — he readily told me that he had just finished the sequel to Gateway … and Del Rey was going to publish it, of course.

And before I could ask much more about future books, he let me know that he was very happy wit Del Rey. They were paying him well, advertising and promoting his books well, and he had more books under contract to them.

Basically he was telling me that it would be a cold day in Hell before I had any chance at all of getting to buy the right to publish one of his books. So why, I thought, was I buying him lunch?

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From the blog team:

Fred wins!

Robert Silverberg accepts the 2010 Best Fan Writer Hugo Award on behalf of Frederik Pohl at Aussiecon 4. (Photo by Laurie D.T. Mann.)

Robert Silverberg accepts the 2010 Best Fan Writer Hugo Award on behalf of Frederik Pohl at Aussiecon 4. (Photo by Laurie D.T. Mann.)

2010 Hugo Award Winners

Best Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster

Best Fanzine
StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer
Frederik Pohl

Best Semiprozine
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace and Cheryl Morgan

Best Professional Artist
Shaun Tan

Best Editor, Short Form
Ellen Datlow

Best Editor, Long Form
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars,”
written by Russell T. Davies and Phil Ford, directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Moon, screenplay by Nathan Parker; story by Duncan Jones, directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)

Best Graphic Story
Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm,
written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; art by Phil Foglio,
colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Best Related Book
This Is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”)
by Jack Vance (Subterranean Press)

Best Short Story
“Bridesicle” by Will McIntosh (Asimov’s Jan. 2009)

Best Novelette
“The Island” by Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2, Eos)

Best Novella
“Palimpsest” by Charles Stross (Wireless, Ace, Orbit)

Best Novel (tie)
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
The City & The City by China Mieville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Seanan McGuire

Congratulations to all the winners!