NOTE: this post was lost due to operator error. I saved it as a draft, instead of a post. I’ve stared at it all morning and it still sucks, but I have to post it.
Fred Pohl was more then just a a Palatine, IL resident, a former agent, former editor, a SF author and a WWII veteran. Fred was more then just a Nebula and Hugo award winning Science Fiction writer whose work spanned the Golden Age to the present day. He created the first SF anthology series, Star Science Fictionand he ghost edited Heinlein’s anthology . And he was more then just the guy who introduced sidebars into novels in his award winning Gateway. He was a brilliant autobiographer (The Way The Future Was). He was an amazing blogger (The Way The Future Blogs). And he was the last living Grandmaster of SF. More importantly, Fred Pohl was one of the co-founders of SF fandom, from it’s beginnings as a support for Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing magazine, to co-founding the legendary Futurians.
He was there for the first great fanboy fight.
In all his many guises he dragged SF kicking and screaming away from Space Opera, championing stories based around sociology and psychology as both editor and writer. Fred was including economics and finance into his pulp stories long before the libertarians got hold of SF, and I’m amazed at how prescient he was, and how wrong I was in poo-pooing them as a teen.
I’ve said it before, a lot of what i know was learned from or because of SF. And a lot of that was learned from Fred Pohl.