Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

03 September 2013

Another of the long-time sf greats has left us: Frederik Pohl died on 2 September at the age of 93. His granddaughter Emily Pohl-Weary tweeted the sad news. Pohl's career was very long, dating back to his involvement in that influential 1930s fan group the Futurians. His SF Encyclopedia entry is lengthy too, listing many awards and honours (such as the SFWA Grand Master lifetime award) plus 150 published works. Who can forget such classic sf as The Space Merchants (1953) with Cyril M Kornbluth, the brief but disorienting "Day Million" (1966), the exhilarating perspectives of "The Gold at the Starbow's End" (1972), or the multi-award-winning Gateway (1977)? And he gave us so much more. As recently as 2010 Pohl won the fan writer Hugo for his blog reminiscences (see below), which he continued to the last day of his life. His death leaves a huge hole in both the sf genre and its history.

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