Frederick Pohl

Another of Science Fiction’s prominent authors, Frederick Pohl, has died.

His contribution to the genre started early in its history, mostly pseudonymously at first but later notably in collaboration with C M Kornbluth. His writing career also developed under his own name and he won four Hugo and three Nebula awards overall.

It was not just as a writer that Pohl was important to the field. He was an influential editor of the magazines Galaxy and If in the 1960s and for Bantam Books in the 1970s where he took a punt on Samuel R Delany’s Dhalgren and Joanna Russ’s The Female Man.

Pohl also wrote an autobiographical account of his early years in the SF field and his meetings with the group of SF fans (many of whom were writers) known as “The Futurians” in The Way The Future Was.

In later years he adapted this title to take up blogging, at The Way The Future Blogs, an unfailingly entertaining and informative blog which I shall miss.

Frederik George Pohl, Jr. 26/11/1919-2/9/2013. So it goes.

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  1. Denis Cullinan

    Hi Jack,

    Obiit aetatus 93!!! He was a pal of C.M. Kornbluth, who wrote “The Little Black Bag” and the creepy but funny “The Marching Morons.” But you know this already.
    My first reading in sci-fi, aside from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, was Theodore Sturgeon’s “Venus Plus X,” which I found a bit self-consciously “thoughtful.” But after that, it was off to the races for me. I needed the distraction of sci-fi to cool my poor brain, which was chronically imflamed as a result of the crazy-making stress of teaching school.

  2. jackdeighton

    Yes Denis,
    And 93 is seriously good going.

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