Fun Facts Friday: Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback (16 August, 1884 – 19 August, 1967) was an American inventor, editor, and writer best known for publishing the first science fiction magazine.

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Books by Hugo Gernsback*

1)      Mr. Gernsback was born in Luxembourg City to a Jewish family. His father was a winemaker and his mother a house wife.

2)      The family immigrated to the United States and eventually became naturalized citizens.

3)      In 1928 Mr. Gernsback founded a radio station, WRNY, on the 18th floor of the Roosevelt Hotel, NYC.

4)      In 1926 he founded Amazing Stories, a science fiction magazine.

5)      Losing control of the magazine three years later (there is still controversy about the legitimacy of the claims against him), he found two others: Science Wonder Stories and Air Wonder Stories.

6)      The two magazines later merged into Wonder Stories, which was published until 1936, sold and was renamed Thrilling Wonder Stories.

7)     The Scientific Adventures of Baron Münchausen, a novel written by Mr. Gernsback (his second), was serialized in Amazing Stories.

8)      Mr. Gernsback had a reputation as having shady business practice, paying low wages to writers – if he even paid to begin with.

9)      The Hugo Awards are named after him. In 1960 Hugo got a Hugo for being “The Father of Magazine Science Fiction”

10)   Both H.G. Wells and Jules Verne referred to Mr. Gernsback as “the father of science fiction”.

Books by Hugo Gernsback*

Zohar — Man of la Book
*Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

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