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Title: We Purchased People Title Record # 57239
Author: Frederik Pohl
Date: 1974-00-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Synopsis: Aliens from distant planets have the ability to communicate faster than light, which they use to support technology which enables them to purchase convicts on Earth, whom they can then control to carry out tasks for them.
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Current Tags: aliens (1), faster than light communications (1), remote control of humans (1), crime (1), love (1), irony (1), punishment (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1976Translated by Annemarie Kindt and Pon Ruiter
Dutch De verkochte bruid
1977 Italian Noi posseduti
1980Translated by Rose Aichele
German Gekauft
1981 French
Nous, les achetés?Nous, les achetes
1982Translated by Klaus Weidemann.
German Wir, die Verkauften
1983Translated by Gisela Tinnefeld
German Wir, die Gekauften
1984
  • Translated by Boban Knežević & Aleksandar B. Nedeljković & Miodrag Milovanović
Serbian Kupovali smo ljude [as by Frederik Pol]
1984Translated by Janko Paravić
Croatian Otkupljenici
1986 Italian Comprati e venduti

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
11 1975 Locus Best Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology 1974-05-16 ed. Edward L. Ferman, Barry N. Malzberg Charterhouse 0-88327-035-8 $7.95 x+
309
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Janet Halverson Checkmark
Final Stage 1975-05-00 ed. Edward L. Ferman, Barry N. Malzberg Penguin Books 0-14-004039-0 £0.75 284
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth David Pelham Checkmark
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 1975-07-00 ed. Terry Carr Ballantine Books 0-345-24529-6 $1.95 xii+
304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 1975-07-00 ed. Terry Carr Ballantine Books 0-345-24529-6 C$1.95 xii+
304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 4 1975-09-00 ed. Terry Carr Gollancz 0-575-02010-5 £3.75 272
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Science fiction verhalen 1976-00-00 ed. Terry Carr Het Spectrum (Prisma #1755) 90-274-0882-3 ƒ5.90 232
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Alphons Koppelman Checkmark
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 1976-10-00 ed. Terry Carr Ballantine Books 0-345-24529-6 $1.95 304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Best Science Fiction Stories 1977-00-00 ed. uncredited Hamlyn 0-600-38243-5   750
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Ultima tappa 1977-11-08 ed. Edward L. Ferman, Barry N. Malzberg Mondadori (Oscar #815) 14452 Lit 1,800 304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Karel Thole  
Aliens! 1980-04-00 ed. Jack M. Dann, Gardner R. Dozois Pocket Books 0-671-83155-0 $2.25 xi+
305
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Michael Whelan Checkmark
Aliens! 1980-04-00 ed. Jack M. Dann, Gardner R. Dozois Pocket Books 0-671-83155-0 C$2.50 xi+
305
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Michael Whelan Checkmark
Eine Lokomotive für den Zaren 1980-05-00 ed. Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3725) 3-453-30629-5 DM 5.80 314
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Karel Thole Checkmark
Univers 1981 1981-06-10 ed. Jacques Sadoul J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #1208) 2-277-21208-3   445
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Frank Frazetta Checkmark
Brennpunkt Zukunft 1 1982-11-00 ed. Edward L. Ferman, Barry N. Malzberg Ullstein (Ullstein Science Fiction & Fantasy #31039) 3-548-31039-7 DM 5.80 153
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Alan Daniels Checkmark
Aliens und andere Fremde 1983-00-00 ed. Jack M. Dann, Gardner R. Dozois
Bastei Lübbe?Bastei Luebbe
(Bastei Lübbe Science Fiction Special #24041)
3-404-24041-3 DM 6.80 397
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Michael Whelan Checkmark
Monolit, Science Fiction almanah 1984-04-00 ed.
Boban Knežević?Boban Knezevic
Izdanje prevodilaca, Monolit (Monolit #1)     510
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth
Dobrosav-Bob Živković?Dobrosav-Bob Zivkovic
Dobrosav-Bob Zhivkovich
Checkmark
Sirius, #98 1984-08-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik   Din 60 132
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag
Željko Pahek?Zeljko Pahek
Checkmark
Pohlstars 1984-10-00 Frederik Pohl Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-31545-6 $2.95 x+
257
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Rick Sternbach Checkmark
Pohlstars 1984-10-00 Frederik Pohl Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-31545-6 C$3.75 x+
257
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Rick Sternbach Checkmark
Pohlstars 1986-01-00 Frederik Pohl Gollancz 0-575-03718-0 £8.95 x+
203
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Urania #1019 1986-03-30 ed. Gianni Montanari Mondadori 1019 Lit 3,000 160
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Karel Thole  
Monolit, Science Fiction almanah 1987-00-00 ed.
Boban Knežević?Boban Knezevic
Izdanje prevodilaca, Monolit (Monolit #1)     510
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth
Dobrosav Bob Živković?Dobrosav Bob Zivkovic
Dobrosav Bob Zhivkovic
Checkmark
Pohlstars 1990-11-00 Frederik Pohl VGSF 0-575-04855-7 £3.50 203
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Foundations of Fear 1992-09-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-312-85074-3 $27.50 660
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Thomas Canty Checkmark
Foundations of Fear 1992-10-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor / BOMC   $21.95 660
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Thomas Canty  
Foundations of Fear 1993-07-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor / QPBC   $15.95 660
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Thomas Canty  
Worlds of Fear 1994-09-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-812-55002-1 $4.99 464
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Tom Canty Checkmark
Science fiction verhalen 2011-04-00 ed. Terry Carr Het Spectrum (Vantoen.nu #1755) 978-90-315-0340-7 €14.99 232
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Alphons Koppelman  
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