RIP: Frederik Pohl (1919 – 2013)

Sad, sad news, folks. Another legend has left us.

Emily Pohl-Weary, Frederik Pohl’s granddaughter, is reporting that Frederik Pohl has passed away. He was 93 years old.

Frederik Pohl is a science fiction Grand Master the author of numerous science fiction novels, including the Gateway series, Man Plus, The Years of the City and most recently, All the Lives He Led.

Besides winning numerous awards for his novels throughout his career, he also won the 2010 Hugo Award for best fan writer.

He will be missed.

[via Paul Di Filippo]

7 thoughts on “RIP: Frederik Pohl (1919 – 2013)”

  1. I met Pohl at a NYC convention in the late 1970’s. He was in a room arguing the definition of science fiction with Samuel R. Delany, Barry Malzberg and a few other notables.

    At the same convention I met Alfred Bester, Isaac Asimov, Hal Clement and several others. It was a “small convention”…an amazing convention.

  2. I got into Sci-Fi when my buddy lent me a copy of The Heechee Saga. Mr. Pohl opened up my world to Big Book Sci-fi (it was all Goosebumps and Animorphs before that).

    Rest In Peace good sir!

  3. As it happens, I’m rereading his ‘The Space Merchants’ at the moment, which should be required reading for everyone in this, the Advertising Age. I am properly devastated.

    Another giant gone. Farewell Sir. We’ll not see your like again.

  4. Met Fred at James Gunn’s Campbell Conference in Kansas back in 2001. Incredibly, after the dinner he was sitting at the table by himself. So I figured, gee, I could just go and talk with one of the giants of SF; so I introduced myself and we had a nice chat. Someone took a photo of us. Then, I’d see him during the weekend and exchange a few words about teaching his stories (The Tunnel Under the World, e.g.) but he always seemed very modest about them as if they weren’t worth the trouble. The last day he was there we were in Jim’s classroom and he read a letter I’d written to him (mostly about how he and my dad were both reformed Pall Mall smokers) and he signed a bag of books. A sweet, very generous and unpretentious man. A true giant in the genre

  5. I have many reasons to love Mr. Pohl. I do. And I always will. He’s earned a special place in my heart.

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