Award-winning author and trans activist Rachel Pollack has died aged 77.The writer was a leading authority on tarot and the occult, and a comic-book writer who created the first mainstream transgender superhero.She first found success in 1971 with her short story 'Pandora’s Bust', which was published in Michael Moorcock’s seminal new wave magazine New Worlds.
Pollack transitioned soon afterwards. She was an incredibly prolific writer, publishing numerous non-fiction works including many on tarot, as well as publishing seven novels and four collections of short stories, including 'Unquenchable Fire' in 1989, which won the Arthur C.
Clarke award for science fiction. Her last work, 'The Fissure King', was published in 2017.Pollack’s friend, the author Neil Gaiman, tweeted the news of her death, including a Facebook post from her wife Zoe Matoff.
She had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma several years ago but recovered, but it was reported she had been diagnosed with a different variant of lymphoma.Gaiman has spoken about their nearly four-decade long friendship, saying they bonded over their Jewishness.