Science fiction author Tenn dead at 89

Feb. 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Science fiction author William Tenn, known for his satirical works in the literary genre, died in Pittsburgh at the age of 89, his niece, Perri Klass, said.

Tenn helped revolutionize science fiction during the 1940s and '50s by blending popular genre themes such as time travel with his trademark supple prose and satirical wit, The New York Times said Sunday.

Among Tenn's more notable works was the 1948 short story, "Brooklyn Project," which spun a tale of a time travel experiment to indulge in a bit of political satire.

Tenn, whose real name was Philip Klass, eventually grew distant from the genre, criticizing the quality of science fiction writing as well as its cult aspects.

In 1966, Tenn took on a teaching appointment at Pennsylvania State University and remained a faculty member for 23 years.

The Times said Tenn, who died last Sunday of unspecified causes, is survived by his wife, Fruma Klass; his daughter, Adina Klass Lamana; and a sister, Frances Goldman-Levy.

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