Midas World

TitleMidas World
Year for Search1983
AuthorsPohl, Frederik [George] [Jr.](1919-2013)
Date Published1983
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Series of loosely connected stories stemming from his 1954 “The Midas Plague.” The only previously unpublished story, “The Fire-Bringer” (1-4), serves as an introduction This is followed by 1954 Pohl, “The Midas Plague” (5-74). The other stories then depict aspects of the future of the world created in that story. “The Servant of the People” (75-97) is about a Congressman (Congress hold interactive electronic meetings with no one physically present) running against a robot. “The Man Who Ate the World” (98-137) is about a compulsive consumer when the need to consume is long past. “The Farmer on the Dole” (138-75) is about giving redundant robots new jobs, in this case as a mugger who can only mug other robots. “The Lord of the Skies” (176-244) is about life in orbital habitats that draw their power from Earth, whose ecology has been destroyed by the need to send power to the habitats. “The New Neighbors” (245-76) is about the future destroyed world now inhabited almost entirely by robots.

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Parts published previously as 1954 Pohl, “The Midas Plague”; “The Servant of the People.” Analog Science Fiction–Science Fact 103.2 (February 1983): 90-105; “The Man Who Ate the World.” Galaxy Science Fiction 13.1 (November 1956): 6-35; “The Farmer on the Dole.” Omni 5.1 (1982): 118-22, 124, 126-27, 164-68; “The Lord of the Skies.” Amazing Science Fiction 57.2 (July 1983): 114-62; and “The New Neighbors.” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 64.5 (May 1983): 137-58.

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Author Note

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Full Text

1983 Pohl, [Jr.], Frederik [George] (1919-2013). Midas World. New York: St. Martin’s Press. Parts published previously as 1954 Pohl, “The Midas Plague”; “The Servant of the People.” Analog Science Fiction–Science Fact 103.2 (February 1983): 90-105; “The Man Who Ate the World.” Galaxy Science Fiction 13.1 (November 1956): 6-35; “The Farmer on the Dole.” Omni 5.1 (1982): 118-22, 124, 126-27, 164-68; “The Lord of the Skies.” Amazing Science Fiction 57.2 (July 1983): 114-62; and “The New Neighbors.” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 64.5 (May 1983): 137-58. PSt

Series of loosely connected stories stemming from his 1954 “The Midas Plague.” The only previously unpublished story, “The Fire-Bringer” (1-4), serves as an introduction This is followed by 1954 Pohl, “The Midas Plague” (5-74). The other stories then depict aspects of the future of the world created in that story. “The Servant of the People” (75-97) is about a Congressman (Congress hold interactive electronic meetings with no one physically present) running against a robot. “The Man Who Ate the World” (98-137) is about a compulsive consumer when the need to consume is long past. “The Farmer on the Dole” (138-75) is about giving redundant robots new jobs, in this case as a mugger who can only mug other robots. “The Lord of the Skies” (176-244) is about life in orbital habitats that draw their power from Earth, whose ecology has been destroyed by the need to send power to the habitats. “The New Neighbors” (245-76) is about the future destroyed world now inhabited almost entirely by robots.