Deadline is reporting that Frederik Pohl’s classic, multiple award-winning science fiction novel Gateway is the new television project of Entertainment One Television and De Laurentiis Company. No writer has been named yet, but the producers, who had been pursuing this project for years, had always envisioned it as a television series, which provides a larger storytelling canvas allowing them “the opportunity of exploring the rich world of the novel and the complexity of its characters”.
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Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Space Merchants

Earlier this week, Grandmaster Frederik Pohl passed away at the age of 93. He’s the last of a major generation in the genre, and was a legendary contributor to science fiction from every possible direction. It’s a great loss for Science Fiction.

I’d been wanting to write about Pohl and Kornbluth’s novel The Space Merchants ever since I picked up the book a couple of years ago. I blew through it, and loved every word – it, for the most part, holds up just as well in 2013 as it seems to have back in 1953.

Go read Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Space Merchants over on Kirkus Reviews.

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]

TOC: ‘The Best of Frederik Pohl’ by Frederik Pohl (eBook reprint)


Frederik Pohl has posted the table of contents for the new ebook version of his 1975 collection The Best of Frederik Pohl:

Here’s the book description:

A selection of the cream of the crop from three decades of science fiction stories by one of the field’s most honored and popular writers. Includes such classics as “Day Million,” “The Midas Plague,” “The Day the Martians Came,” and sixteen more stories. With an afterword by the author.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Filmmaker Eric Solstein has uploaded the first two parts of a larger tribute to Science Fiction’s Grand Masters presented at the 2000 SFWA Nebula banquet at the installation of Brian Aldiss. There’s wonderful footage of so many SF legends, including Jack Williamson, Frederik Pohl, Isaac Asimov, James Gunn, William Tenn, Clifford D. Simak, Joe Haldeman, Philip Jos@eacute; Farmer, Norman Spinrad, Damon Knight (for whom the Grand Master Award is now named), Julie Schwartz, Gene Wolfe, Hal Clement, Poul Anderson, Samuel R. Delany, Barry Malzberg and Brian Aldiss.

There’s a longer follow-up video after the break…

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