The science fiction legend, Frederick Pohl, passed away yesterday. Jo Walton has written up her emotional reaction to the news (while in attendance at Worldcon) here, which I recommend reading.
I may have more extensive thoughts later. Right now, I’m jetlagged and incapable of fully taking in such news. He was undeniably one of the greatest science fiction writers that every lived, and while he experienced an extraordinarily wonderful (and long) life, it is becoming clearer and clearer these days that so many of the folks who made the genre a genre will not longer be with us by the end of this decade.
He will most certainly be missed, not just by his family, not just by other writers, but by the entire community.