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also known as Sam Martin

critic , Editor , historian , publisher , author

Sam Moskowitz was an American critic and publisher. He was mostly known as one of the greatest authorities on science fiction.

Background

Sam Moskowitz was born on June 30, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. He was the son of Harry and Rose (Gerber) Moskowitz.

Education

Moskowitz’s interest in science fiction began when he was twelve and read his first sci-fi stories. But his Russian immigrant parents were too poor to send Sam to college.

Career

Moskowitz's first career position was driving a truck, delivering produce. He also dabbled in science fiction writing and was a co-organizer of the initial World Science Fiction Convention (now World Con) in 1939. However, Moskowitz became increasingly interested in science fiction as a reader, and he would later write and edit books about the genre itself.

In the early 1940s he worked as a literary agent before becoming a salesman with Hazel Specialty Company, a grocery wholesaler. In 1952 he was hired by Gernsback Publications, which specialized in science fiction.

Moskowitz claimed to collect every science fiction magazine and fanzine appearing in English, taught the first course in the genre at City College (now City College at the City University of New York) in 1953, and wrote various histories and published collections in the field.

Moskowitz served as managing editor of Science-Fiction Plus until 1954 when he held the same position on Frosted Food Field. In 1955 he became editor of Quick Frozen Foods and Quick Frozen Foods International for E.W. Williams Publications. He was the company’s vice president for the next seventeen years. He continued to edit the frozen food publications with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and also worked as a publisher.

A prolific author, Moskowitz wrote many books, some as Sam Martin. Among his volumes were The Immortal Storm: A History of Science Fiction, Seekers of Tomorrow: Masters of Modern Science Fiction, A. Merritt: Reflections in the Moon Pool, After All These Years (memoir), The Haunted Pampero, H. P. Lovecraft and Nils H. Frome, and Terrors of the Sea. He edited books, including Masterpieces of Science Fiction, Vortex Blasters, The Man Who Called Himself Poe, and Horrors Unseen.

Achievements

  • Moskowitz was recognized around the globe as one of the planet’s foremost authorities on science fiction. He won several awards for his accomplishments.

    Moskowitz was Guest of honor of 13th World Science Fiction convention in Cleveland in 1955.

    He was a recipient of Big Heart Award of Pittsburgh World Science Fiction convention in 1960, as well as Author's Award for science fiction at New Jersey Association English Teachers in 1966.

    He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1972 and into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in the late 1970s. A president of the H.G. Wells Society for many years, he was also awarded honors by the Eastern Science Fiction Association and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

    In addition, he was Named Literature Luminary of New Jersey by New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1977.

Works

Membership

Moskowitz was a member of Science Fiction Writers Association, Mystery Writers American, Fantasy Amatuer Press Association and First Fandom.

  • He was a director.

    Eastern Frosted Foods Association

    1962 - 1972

  • He was a president two times: 1945-1950 and 1980-1987.

    Eastern Science Fiction Association

Connections

Moskowitz married Christine Elizabeth Haycock on July 6, 1958.

father:
Harry Moskowitz

mother:
Rose (Gerber) Moskowitz

spouse:
Christine Elizabeth Haycock