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Kelwyn Sole

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Frederick Pohl (1919-2013)

Frederick Pohl, one of the great science fiction writers, died a week ago at age 93.

One of the original Futurians, Pohls’ best early work in my opinion appeared in the 1950s, with novels like The Space Merchants¬†(a collaboration with CM Kornbluth) and short fiction such as ‘The Tunnel Under the World’ and ‘The Midas Plague’. In the 1970s and early 1980s there was a resurgence with the novel Gateway (and its weaker sequels) and brilliant short work such as ‘The Gold at the Starbow’s End’, ‘Fermi and Frost’, ‘Shaffery Among the Immortals’, ‘The Day the Martians Came’ and ‘The View from Mars Hill’. The last three named show him to be a brilliant acerbic satirical writer.

He won quite a lot of awards – Hugos, Nebulas, John Campbells…..if you don’t know his work, maybe you should have a look.

 

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  • <a href="http://tomrymour.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Tom</a>
    Tom
    September 9th, 2013 @20:47 #
     
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    Actually, it's Frederik. If you can find a copy of his memoir, "The Way the Future Was", it's well worth reading. He was proud to call himself an SF writer, and did all his own world building
    - unlike the specfic "slipstreamers" of today, who cling to the flying coat tails of SF pioneers like Pohl, yet disparage the very genre that gave their literary souls a leg-up.

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  • <a href="http://tomrymour.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Tom</a>
    Tom
    September 9th, 2013 @20:51 #
     
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    Oops -- dear Kelwyn, I've just realised that "literary souls" is open to misinterpretation. You are one Sole who is wholeheartedly behind the "cinderella" genre of SF. And the dig was absolutely not at you!
    Sincerely,
    Tom

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  • <a href="http://kelwynsole.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Kelwyn Sole</a>
    Kelwyn Sole
    September 10th, 2013 @16:59 #
     
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    Well, wholeheartedly re some writers, Tom - but there are some mighty ones.

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