Born in 1919, Pohl began work on his genre-transforming novel The Space Merchants during his service during World War II, and published it in 1953 after he'd spent a few years working in the advertising industry. A collaborative effort with Kornbluth, it was a scathing sendup of the future of the advertising world that he said "nobody wanted to publish." But it became an instant classic, and its dystopian corporate future, where advertising rules everything, presaged the work of Philip K. Dick and the cyberpunks.Pohl helped bridge the gap between the Golden Age and post-New wave hard science fiction. RIP.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Frederik Pohl is gone: