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Pulpster Phil Klass has died

Posted by at 3:40 pm Sunday, February 7, 2010 in News, Obituaries, People, Pulpcon, Pulps, Pulpsters
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Phil Klass, who wrote under the name William Tenn, died Sunday, Feb. 7. He was 89.

Phil Klass, also known as William Tenn

Phil Klass, also known as William Tenn

Mr. Klass started his writing career with stories in Astounding and Weird Tales beginning in 1946 and ’47. He went on to have dozens of stories, often with a humorous slant, printed in a number of science fiction pulps.

He retired in the late 1980s from Penn State University, where he had taught english and literature since the mid-’60s.

I never knew Mr. Klass personally, but I had the great fortune of meeting him and his wife, Fruma, at Pulpcon 35 in 2006. He was one of that year’s guests of honor and gave an hour-long talk about his life in the science fiction pulps.

You can hear him reminisce about his writing years in our Pulpcon 35 Report.

It’s always sad to hear the passing of a pulpster. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends.

– William