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2013-Sep-03, 07:49 PM
Another sci-fi master leaves us.


Frederik Pohl, Worldly-Wise Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 93
September 3, 2013

Frederik Pohl, whose passion for science fiction while growing up in Brooklyn led to a distinguished career as one of its most literate and politically sophisticated practitioners, though one who was skeptical about attempts to perfect society through scientific means, died on Monday at a hospital near his home in Palatine, Ill. He was 93.

His agent, Mitchell Waters, who confirmed the death, said Mr. Pohl was taken to the hospital in acute respiratory distress. Palatine is northwest of Chicago.

Mr. Pohl (http://www.frederikpohl.com/) was involved in publishing science fiction since he was a teenager, when he served as a literary agent for his science fiction-writing young friends. He went on to edit magazines and books before finding renown as a writer, often with collaborators.

Perhaps the most famous of his anti-utopian novels was ““The Space Merchants (http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Space_Merchants.html?id=ziZxJJWPamkC),” a prescient satire that Mr. Pohl wrote in the early 1950s with Cyril M. Kornbluth. More than a decade before the surgeon general’s report on smoking and health, the authors imagined a future dominated by advertising executives, who compete to hook consumers on interlocking chains of addictive products. One such chain is started by a few mouthfuls of Crunchies.

“The Crunchies kicked off withdrawal symptoms that could be quelled only by another two squirts of Popsie from the fountain,” the authors wrote. “And Popsie kicked off withdrawal symptoms that could only be quelled by smoking Starr Cigarettes, which made you hungry for Crunchies.”

2013-Sep-03, 08:13 PM
Good bye Mr. Pohl and thanks. I should probably go re-read Gateway.

Paul Beardsley
2013-Sep-03, 08:45 PM
I've only read a few books by him (including the first two in the Gateway series) but they were really very good. I'm glad he had a good innings.

2013-Sep-04, 12:09 AM
I loved the Gateway series, the whole Heechee Saga. There was even a Gateway PC Game I played; There are others I read by him which I can't remember. He was an awesome writer. I will miss a world without him in it.

2013-Sep-04, 08:11 PM
RIP! I've read the Gateway series a few times, it's among my favorites. I've read other works by him as well such as Mining the Oort, The Coming of the Quantum Cats, the books in the Eschaton Sequence, etc. I've never been disappointed. A great one passes on... :(