Frederik Pohl: Final Gateway

pohlFrederik George Pohl, Jr., author and editor, died on September 2 at the age of 93. Pohl was one of last survivors of science fiction’s golden age.

Pohl’s  first published work, the 1937 poem “Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna“, was published when he was 17. He continued to write for 75 years; The Last Theorem co-written with Arthur C. Clarke (the Beamer’s July 2012 book) was published in 2008 and All the Lives He Led, his final novel, in 2011.

Pohl was one of the founders of the influential fan group Futurians in the 1930s. The group was notable for its left-wing politics and the conviction that science fiction fans should be forward-looking and constructive. The Futurians insisted that science fiction could be both literary and politically relevant.

Pohl edited “Galaxy” magazine and its sister magazine “IF”, winning the Hugo for “IF” three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993 for his lifetime achievement in speculative fiction.

Pohl is, perhaps, best known for his Heechee series. The first book in the series, Gateway, won the 1978 Hugo Award, the 1978 Locus Award, the 1977 Nebula Award and the 1978 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

Pohl’s website is here and his obituary at io9, here.



  1. I loved Gateway. Frederik Pohl was an amazing writer.

  2. Yes, he will be missed.

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