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Memorial for famed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl Aug. 2 in Palatine

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  • A memorial service for acclaimed science fiction writer, and longtime Palatine resident, Frederik Pohl will take place Aug. 2 at Harper College.

      A memorial service for acclaimed science fiction writer, and longtime Palatine resident, Frederik Pohl will take place Aug. 2 at Harper College.
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The long life and copious work of science fiction author Frederik Pohl will be honored at a memorial celebration later this summer in Palatine, his hometown of nearly 30 years.

Pohl's widow, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, wrote that the event at Harper College will feature many speakers and be followed by a reception. More details about the event will be released on Pohl's Hugo Award-winning blog, thewaythefutureblogs.com.

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Pohl, who died last year at the age of 93, had his first work published in 1937 -- a poem titled "Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna" -- and his final novel, "All the Lives He Led," came out in 2012. He was considered by many to be a member of the golden age of science fiction authors who helped make the genre. He won Nebula Awards -- the highest honor for science fiction writing -- for his novels "Man Plus" and "Gateway."

Pohl's death made news around the world last year, including publications in Great Britain, France. and China. Contemporary author Neil Gaiman wrote after Pohl's passing that his work was "always witty, smart, interested in how people worked and how the stuff of the future would change the people who inhabited it."

The memorial celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 at Harper's Wojcik Conference Center.

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