Elizabeth Anne Hull (1937-2021)

Author, editor, scholar, and frequent Locus contributor Elizabeth Anne Hull, 84, died in the early hours of August 3, 2021.

Elizabeth Ann Hull was born January 10, 1937 in Upper Darby PA. She attended Illinois State University, Northwestern University, and Loyola University, where she earned her MA in 1970 and PhD in 1975. She taught English for over 30 years at William Rainey Harper College in Illinois before retiring and becoming professor emerita.

Hull served as president of the Science Fiction Research Association, and edited their newsletter; she received the Thomas D. Clareson Award from the organization for her service in 1997. She wrote many critical essays, convention reports, and other non-fiction, with work appearing in Extrapolation, Fantasy Review, Locus, and other publications. She served as a member of the jury for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best SF Novel starting in 1986. She lectured on SF, ran workshops, and helped run conventions.

Hull was married to SF writer Frederik Pohl from 1984 until his death in 2013. An occasional fiction writer, her first story was “Author Plus” (1981) in Asimov’s, co-written with Pohl. The couple also co-edited anthology Tales from the Planet Earth (1986). Hull edited tribute anthology Gateways: Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl (2010). She mostly published as Elizabeth Anne Hull, with some works as Elizabeth Ann Hull and Elizabeth A. Hull.

She is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, as well as grandchildren.


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