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The Case Against Tomorrow

by Frederik Pohl

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1956

Cover price: 35¢


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Short stories by a master of Science Fiction

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Frederik Pohl has a disconcerting habit of turning the world on itself. In four short stories and two novelettes the results are hilarious, biting, provocative and startling — depending on what strange reach of the imagination he is exploring. For instance:

Have you ever daydreamed about having anything, absolutely anything, you wanted? Yachts, country estates, swimming-pools, cars, luxurious foods, gowns, jewels, servants — anything you care to name. It's easier than you suspect. You don't need money. All you need — all anybody needs — is enough worldly goods. If this sounds ridiculous, read what happens when robot production lines turn the world into a consumer's paradise. It's not impossible. It's not even too far off. And you'd better be ready.

Not that Mr. Pohl has a grudge against the future, but he comes at it backwards (so to speak), thereby throwing the present into high relief. But in any case, whether his subject is consumer goods, overpopulation, baseball, segregation, Mars or a wicked little "yes-no" machine, Frederik Pohl is practically required reading for any science-fiction fan worthy of the name, and an excellent reason for becoming one.