A cynical and compelling tale of politics, exploitation and colonisation on another planet. Introduction by Lisa Tuttle.
The discovery of another habitable world might spell salvation to the three bitterly competing power blocs of the resource-starved 21st century; but when their representatives arrive on Jem, with its multiple intelligent species, they discover instead the perfect situation into which to export their rivalries. Subtitled, with savage irony, 'The Making of a Utopia', JEM is one of Frederik Pohl's most powerful novels.
Frederik Pohl has had an extensive career as both a writer and editor spanning over 70 years. Using various pseudonyms, Pohl began writing in the late 1930s, his first published work being a poem titled 'Elegy to a Dead Planet: Luna', which appeared in the October 1937 issue of Amazing Stories. Pohl edited both Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories between 1939 and 1943 and whilst many of his own stories appeared in these two pulp magazines they were never under his own name. After this period, from 1943 to 1945, Pohl served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of sergeant as an air corps weatherman. Between the end of the war and the early 1950s, Pohl was active as a literary agent, representing many successful writers of the genre including Isaac Asimov. The winner of multiple HUGO and NEBULA AWARDs, Pohl became the SFWA Grand Master in 1993 and was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1998. He currently lives in Illinois.