FREDERIK POHL—science fiction author, for which he won a Hugo and a Nebula (Gateway, 1977) and the only National Book Award given in a one-year category for that genre (Gem, 1980); editor (for which he won seven Hugos (Galaxy and If magazines, 1962-1969); literary agent (who helped get Isaac Asimov’s first novel published); critic and historian—died on September 2, 2013, at the age of 93.
Pohl’s memoirs, The Way The Future Was, is one of few such books in the genre. It is both educational and entertaining.
A few awards
In 1979, his novel Jem won a National Book Award.
In 1984, his collection of novellas Years of the City won the Campbell Memorial Award.
In 1998, he was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, its third class of two dead and two living writers.
In 2010, Pohl won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for his blog The Way the Future Blogs.
New maps of hell
In his book on science fiction, New Maps Of Hell (1960), British author and historian Kingsley Amis called Pohl the “most consistently able writer [that] science fiction, in its modern form, has yet produced.”
Rest in peace, Mr. Pohl.