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The Case Against Tomorrow
By Frederik Pohl
Cover artist: Richard Powers
Artist Richard Powers is known more for his surrealist landscapes than for robots or whimsy, but for the cover of this collection of Frederick Pohl stories he captures both in this wonderful illustration of a robot baseball umpire "giving the thumb" to a very irate robot ball player.
Frederik Pohl is a seminal figure in science fiction. His influence in sf has extended from fandom to writer representation to editing to writing. As a young man he helped found several well-known fan groups including the Futurians. As a writer agent he helped along careers of many leading writers including Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak, Cyril Kornbluth, Jack Williamson and James Blish. As an editor for Galaxy Science Fiction, STAR SF Stories and If he won many awards including the Hugo for Best Magazine three years in a row. He is also an award-winning author, producing many classics including The Space Merchants, Gateway, Wolfbane, Man Plus and JEM.
Despite its cover, this book is not all robot stories. Of the six stories contained within only two feature robots, though those two stories take up over half the pages, which definitely qualifies this as a "robot" book. The Celebrated No-Hit Inning, so fancifully illustrated on the cover, concerns a cocky young ballplayer who, after being cast into a future full of robot ballplayers, soon learns humility. The other story is a Pohl classic depicting a world of robot created plenty where the poorer you are, the more you have and the worse off you are for it, until one man finds a heroic solution to The Midas Plague. Oh, and hey, the other four stories aren't half bad either.