Farewell, Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl, Nov. 26, 1919–Sept. 2, 2013

Thank you Fred, for countless hours of reading pleasure and intellectual stimulation. You are one of the writers who shaped modern science fiction, and collective imagination. You will be missed.

Of course I am reading again my collection of Fred’s science fiction novels, and his autobiography “The Way the Future Was.” I plan to read his last novel, “All the Lives He Led.”

Official bio on Fred’s website: Frederik Pohl […] 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.

First he was a compulsive reader of sf magazines, then a fan who was a publisher of fanzines and a member and sometimes organizer of six or seven fan clubs in the New York area, including the fabled Futurians. At 16, he took part in the first sf con ever, in Philadelphia in 1936.

At 19, he became the editor of two professional sf magazines, and somewhere in that period he began writing sf., by now having published some 60 or 70 novels, half of them written alone and the other half being collaborations with C.M. Kornbluth, Jack Williamson, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and several other writers. He has received six Hugos, three Nebulas and forty or fifty other awards, some of which he has given himself.

The bio says that he was working on a new edition of his autobiography, The Way the Future Was. I certainly look forward to reading it!


  • Alan Brooks

    He made it to his late ’90s- he must have done something right to live so long.