Obituary: Frederik Pohl

Author, editor, fan, and agent Frederik Pohl (b.1919) died on September 2. Pohl entered fandom in the 1930s, publishing his first poem in 1937. His career has spanned more than 75 years with numerous novels and short stories. In addition to being a prolific author, Pohl has worked as an editor, including the magazines If and Galaxy as well as several anthologies. He has represented many authors as an agent as well. Pohl has won every major award in the field, including the Hugo, Nebula, Grand Master, Hall of Fame, Sturgeon, Campbell, and more. His works include Gateway, Man Plus, and the autobiography The Way the Future Was. Pohl has recently been writing his memoirs on the blog The Way the Future Blogs and has continued to publish fiction.

  1. Alan Mintaka — September 3, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    You might want to change the 3rd persion pronoun in the second sentence from “her” to “his”.

  2. Jeffrey S. Fisher — September 5, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    I had some limited long-distance contact with Mr. Pohl sev. years ago; he seemed a very nice man -remarked that he was glad his 1940s pulps Astobishing St., and Super Science Stories are now highly-prized by collectors. Was as good an editor as author, I think.

    Also, Pohl may well have been last major surviving author who appeared in the original 1923 -1954 run of Weird Tales, near the end with Asimov, “Legal Rites,” in 1952, I believe. If anyybody knows of any others yet with us, would appreciate a comment identifying them.