Posted on April 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Rachel Pollack, who wrote speculative fiction and comic books, has died at the age of seventy-seven.

Pollack's novel Unquenchable Fire won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1989, but perhaps her most significant literary legacy was the creation of Kate Godwin — believed to be the first transgender superhero in mainstream comics.

Pollack herself transitioned in the 1970s, not long after her first fiction success, according to the Guardian.

You can read more about Pollack's literary and cultural legacy in the Guardian's obituary.

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