Prolific writer whom Kingsley Amis dubbed ‘the most consistently able writer science fiction, in its modern form, has yet produced’Frederik Pohl, one of the few writers who was truly deserving of the overused epithet “grandmaster of science fiction”, has died aged 93.His granddaughter Emily Pohl-Weary broke the news last night when she tweeted, “Rest in peace to my beloved grandfather Frederik Pohl, who showed me by example how to be an author. 1919-2013.”From his first published work in 1937, a poem entitled “Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna”, printed in Amazing Stories magazine under the pseudonymous byline Elton Andrews, Pohl turned out an astonishingly huge body of work.He will perhaps be best remembered for his 1977 novel Gateway, which won the Hugo Award the following year. A multilayered novel describing a space-station in a hollowed-out asteroid, built by a long-gone alien race who had left behind hundreds of space ships which humanity was learning to operate through trial and error, the novel also scooped the Locus, Nebula and John W Campbell awards and is considered a major milestone in SF writing today.In his book on science fiction, New Maps of Hell, Kingsley Amis called Pohl “the most consistently able writer …read more

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