Starting with an impromptu recitation of a poem by then-15-year-old Donald A. Wollheim and then progressing through a wide-ranging discussion that included politics, popular culture and a look back at the history of fandom, science fiction legend Frederik Pohl delighted WindyCon 39 attendees last month in Lombard, Illinois.
Anybody even remotely versed in the world of sf knows who Frederik Pohl is, but if you and your reading habits haven't crossed paths with him yet, here's a brief bio courtesy of Pohl's blog, The Way the Future Blogs:
He is 93 years old, and apart from a few years in the 1940s when he was busy defeating Adolf Hitler with the assistance of the U.S. Army Air Force, has been involved in science fiction activities since the age of 11.
First he was a compulsive reader of sf magazines, then a fan who was a publisher of fanzines and a member and sometimes organizer of six or seven fan clubs in the New York area, including the fabled Futurians.
At 16, he took part in the first sf con ever, in Philadelphia in 1936. At 19, he became the editor of two professional sf magazines, and somewhere in that period he began writing sf, by now having published some 60 or 70 novels, half of them written alone and the other half being collaborations with C.M. Kornbluth, Jack Williamson, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and several other writers.
He has received multiple Hugos, three Nebulas and forty or fifty other awards, some of which he has given himself.
Pohl is interviewed by journalist and author Leah A. Zeldes. Elizabeth Anne Hull also participates. Many thanks to ChicagoScope cohorts Dick Smith and Leah A. Zeldes for inviting me to WindyCon.
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