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Old September 3 2013, 02:26 AM   #1
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RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

The legendary author, whose career started with a published poem in 1937, and continued through to this very year, has died, his granddaughter reports.

http://io9.com/rip-frederik-pohl-the...ict-1241405614

I particularly enjoyed his "Heechee" series.

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Old September 3 2013, 05:02 AM   #2
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

RIP.

That is terrible.

I was just discussing his blog yesterday.
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Old September 3 2013, 05:14 AM   #3
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

Dammit... Loved the Heechee books, and just read The Coming of the Quantum Cats last yer and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Old September 3 2013, 06:40 AM   #4
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

At the age of 94? Wow. What a long life and long career he had. We should all be so lucky.

RIP.
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Old September 3 2013, 07:34 AM   #5
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

Awww Guess it's time to read the Gateway Saga.
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Old September 3 2013, 04:49 PM   #6
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

Klaus wrote: View Post
Dammit... Loved the Heechee books, and just read The Coming of the Quantum Cats last yer and thoroughly enjoyed it.
One of my favorites.

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Old September 3 2013, 05:01 PM   #7
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

I read two of the Heechee books back in elementary school. Not sure if I ever read the third.
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Old September 3 2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with him at a convention in Calgary some years back. He was a perfect gentleman.
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Old September 3 2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

An icon of the genre. RIP.

He taught me how to really count on my fingers.
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Old September 4 2013, 02:49 AM   #10
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

I had the privilege of chauffeuring Mr. Pohl during one of the BYU science fiction symposiums in the mid-80's (probably 1984 or '85, judging from the publication dates in the autographed copies of his books I have.)

I drove him to the airport in Salt Lake City (a 40-ish mile drive from Provo) to pick up his wife, Elizabeth Ann Hull, who came in on a later flight. We chatted about lots of stuff -- I remember discussing the New Wave band Icicle Works, which appropriated its name from one of his classic stories ("The Day the Icicle Works Closed"). But what I mostly remember is how excited he was to see Betty, as they were fairly recent newlyweds at the time. He was like a teenager, even though I thought he was impossibly old -- He was probably only 65 or 66! From my lofty vantage point of 24 or 25, that was ANCIENT! Nowadays, not so much...

Anyway, I will always treasure that memory. Rest in peace, and thanks for all the great stories.
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Old September 4 2013, 03:24 AM   #11
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Re: RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

Well, he had a good run. But he'll be missed.

Thought Gateway was pretty damn good. And the stuff he wrote with Kornbluth.
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