Frederik Pohl


Today’s geek of the week is a sad one. Noted science fiction writer Frederick Pohl, who brought us such treasures as Gateway (Heechee Saga) and Beyond the Blue Event Horizon died on September 2, 2013. He was 93.
Having won numerous writing awards, Frederik never lost touch with his love of being a fan. In 2010 he won a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2010, for his blog, The Way the Future Blogs. He was just like any other fanboy, having co-founded a fan group called Futurians, where he began lifelong friendships with the likes of Isaac Asimov (Can you say EPIC!?!?) and Donald Willheim. He even published a fanzine called “Mind of Man.”

Not only did Pohl work for a couple of “pulp” magazines after his service in World War II, he was a copy editor of Popular Science, which is still being published today.

Pohl wrote up until the very end, his latest novel having been published in 2011, at the age of 91! Would that we could all be so fruitful in the “Twilight” of our lives.

Let’s face it, Pohl was just the ultimate fanboy until his last day on this Earth. I hope he’s somewhere out in space, having the time of his life!

Feel free to leave condolences or memories of this great writer in the comments or tweet them to me.

Bazingirl, Blogger Grand Master

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