Skip to comments.RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction
Posted on 09/02/2013 3:56:30 PM PDT by EveningStar
One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades...
Pohl was known for his mind-bending, often satirical novels (many co-authored with longtime collaborator C.M. Kornbluth), his editing acumen, his science fiction criticism, and his witty, fascinating blog, which he was updating right up until his death...
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I didn’t realize that he was still alive. I read just about all his work as it came out, and have the first editions on my bookshelves.
I especially liked his collaborations with Jack Williamson and Cyril Kornbluth.
I haven't read much of his work, but I did read his entire "Heechee" series and enjoyed it.
Dang. The world just became a sadder, duller and dumber place.
Oh man this sucks. He is my favorite scifi author...
“The Space Merchants” was one of the first science fiction books I read.
Freeper books?! :p)
Good thing that the genre has been redefined as a place to find harlequin romances in space featuring love triangles with the dead and animals and our intrepid heroine. Or, dang, lesbian love triangles in space - now that’s sci fi!
He was one cool guy. "IF" you wrote him a well crafted and neatly typed (or written) letter he would answer in kind. Especially if the subject of your letter was a query about some of the science he wrote about. When I was a teenager I wrote him a letter that my science teacher prompted me to write and got an answer. (My teacher made me re-write it several times until he was sure it was free of mistakes)
Sadly I left it at my Mom's house and it got ruined when her basement flooded.
*Not a Frederik Pohl tale!
Knew he was frail as I haven’t seen him at the Chicago conventions in the last couple of years.
I like to think of him in Fiddlers Green with Heinlein, Asimov, Tucker, Ackermann and others I loved as writers that have passed on. I am sure he is having wonderful adventure now.
Niven does/did the same. I did send an SASE.
When do you know you are old? When the obituaries start being of interest.
RIP old friend, I’ll be seeing you along with all of those others who have made my life what it is. Godspeed to your eternal rest.
>>Dang. The world just became a sadder, duller and dumber place.<<
One of the last of the Giants of SF. Maybe THE last?
I don’t know if Pohl studied under Campbell but he was of that generation: the ones who defined SF.
Folksinger Pete Singer and beatnik poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti were also born in 1919. And Olivia de Haviland, 1916 and her sister Joan Fontaine, 1917 — these folks are still around, which is pretty amazing.
HEY! Who just bought all four of my novels?! Thanks!
Reads like a bunch of lefty crap.
My understanding is that he was a leftist
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Sigh. I was recently telling someone about the time I met Isaac Asimov at Lunacon in Tarrytown, NY years ago, and had to explain that Lunacon was more literary than your usual SF con and used to (back in the day) attract the greats of science fiction. I pondered about whether there are any writers of that caliber left. Don’t get me wrong — there are a lot of great writers right now, but it’s different than a generation ago. Those guys are gone. Well, they weren’t all gone ... but there’s one fewer today.
Wish that Seeger wasn’t, the worthless Stalinist stooge.
“America’s best loved commie”, give me a break.
But it’s good to watch GWTW & know that Melanie is still with us.
Then he stopped paying dues and attending meetings.
RIP, my friend.
Reading the utter trash on his blog maks reading anything from this guy a no go. Typical worthless leftist thinking: anti-fraking, anti-gun. Global warming nutcase & on & on....no thanks.
Interview in 2010. If I recall Vance was still pissed that Pohl cut all the stuff from the intros to the Demon Princes chapters. You know, back in the mid-60s. Pretty funny. But I am against anything that deprived us of more Vance, so I am 100% with Vance on this one!
RIP FP, RIP JV
May he Rest In Peace and prayers for his loved ones.
Thanks for the ping, Perdogg, and thank you for the post, EveningStar
A shame, though I guess not surprising, given his age.
One of my favorite of his novels is “Narabedla, Ltd.” The ending kind of falls apart, but it’s so much fun until then that I didn’t care. ;o)
Frederik Pohl is 93 years old, and apart from a few years in the 1940s, when he was busy defeating Adolf Hitler with the assistance of the U.S. Army Air Force, has been involved in science fiction activities since the age of 11.
Trooper, he posted his last ‘blog entry the day he died, or at least, someone did.
He was a damn fine editor of science fiction.
His blog contains leftist posts about global warming and the Koch brothers.
He was a good science fiction editor, but these days I think that politics counts.
For other areas of life, specific skill sets are admired for what they are.
I see what you mean, but politics are expressions of moral character sets. So to me, it matters.
We were just discussing the old time pulp editors last night. They mentored the writers and they were accessible to the fans.
I had a 20-minute conversation once with John Campbell. A straightforward sort of guy, witty, well-read, polite.
Those were the days.
I think I have read one book of his something about "Quantum Cats"(?). It did not inspire me to seek out more of his work.
Awww....I head his books as a sci-fi loving teen.
If you exclude artists for their politics you won’t be left with much.
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