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In Memoriam: Frederik Pohl 1919 - 2013.

robot traveler
I put together a short memorial for Fred at the Center's website, here, including a few people's memories (and my own of how Fred changed my writing life).

I've missed seeing Fred at the annual Campbell Conference for a few years now, but knowing I'll never see him again is hard.

He was a truly great man, and kind, and thoughtful, and patient, and good. His endless promotion of science was inspiring, and his gentle criticism of the foolish ways of humans made me a better person. I'll miss him a great deal. We all will. The loss of Frederik Pohl makes the world a little less bright.

Hug someone you love today.

Best,
Chris

Comments

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sparrowhawk433
Sep. 4th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Fred
Well, aside from enjoying Fred's work immensely, which I assume he would have liked, I am proud to say that I served Fred Pohl a hamburger, at my house. This must be a small but elite group who can say that. I'll miss him and his stuff.
queenmomcat
Sep. 4th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: Fred
Definitely jealous of that "serving the Hamburger".
mckitterick
Sep. 5th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Fred
I wish we could all serve him more hamburgers.
mckitterick
Sep. 4th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Fred
That's lovely! Thanks for sharing your culinary connection with Fred.
clevermanka
Sep. 4th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful memorial. Well done.
mckitterick
Sep. 4th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
dotar_sojat
Sep. 5th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Very good memorial.

At the workshop in 2003 I got Mr. Pohl coffee one morning-- the Irish Cream flavor vintage I had saved for a special occasion. I handed it to him and he said-- not kidding here-- "Ah, bless you".

And I felt blessed.
mckitterick
Sep. 5th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks so much for the fun memory!
dragonet2
Sep. 5th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
I was in bed and trying to wind down
when i found out about it. I just started crying for a bit.

He was a great writer, a generous fan, and a good historian of life and times of the SF world. I met and spoke with him many times during the KU annual SF workshops and conferences over the years.

Another of my Old Ones is gone, they almost all are.
mckitterick
Sep. 5th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: I was in bed and trying to wind down
He was all those things.

Just *hugs*
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