RIP Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Sir Rhosis, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Sir Rhosis

    Sir Rhosis Commodore Commodore

    Nov 17, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
  2. Hound of UIster

    Hound of UIster Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2002

    That is terrible.

    I was just discussing his blog yesterday.
  3. Klaus

    Klaus Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2003
    Beach condo, Bay of Eldamar
    Dammit... :( Loved the Heechee books, and just read The Coming of the Quantum Cats last yer and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  4. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    At the age of 94? Wow. What a long life and long career he had. We should all be so lucky.

  5. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 30, 2009
    Northern Ontario, Canada
    Awww :( Guess it's time to read the Gateway Saga.
  6. Mistral

    Mistral Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 5, 2007
    Between the candle and the flame
    One of my favorites.

  7. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2001
    Bonney Lake, WA
    I read two of the Heechee books back in elementary school. Not sure if I ever read the third.
  8. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

    May 26, 2007
    In many different universes, simultaneously.
    I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with him at a convention in Calgary some years back. He was a perfect gentleman.
  9. Davros

    Davros Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Kaled bunker, Skaro
    An icon of the genre. RIP.

    He taught me how to really count on my fingers.
  10. Daddy Todd

    Daddy Todd Fleet Captain Premium Member

    Oct 13, 2004
    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.
  11. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

    Mar 12, 2005
    Well, he had a good run. But he'll be missed.

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