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Fred Pohl, RIP

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Fred Pohl November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013

Fred Pohl
November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013

 

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Fred Pohl was one of my favourite science fiction authors.

For me, his most memorable book was the novel, “The Age of the Pussyfoot“, a story of a man revived from cryonic suspension into the 26th century. The novel was more about the cultural shock of a human being 600 years out of his time, and having to adapt to an alien society, than “hard sf”.

Most notably, for a novel written in 1969, Pohl predicted the coming of the cellphone/smartphone with uncanny accuracy. The device he calls the “joymaker” in his story could easily pass for the mobile devices we so take for granted in the 21st century.

Such was the imagination of one of the greatest sf writers humanity has produced.

RIP, Mr Pohl. And the teenager that I was, thanks you for the gifts that you shared with us.

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References

Wikipedia: Fred Pohl

Wikipedia:  The Age of the Pussyfoot

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  1. 15 September 2013 at 11:12 am

    Seems like we’re living in the age where all the great ones are moving on, whether it be in music, visual art or authors…..But then maybe I’m just biased.

  2. Deborah Kean
    15 September 2013 at 2:46 pm

    He was a wonderful writer and never as well known as he deserved to be.
    Deb

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