(This is a documented history of a lost science fiction an...)
This is a documented history of a lost science fiction and fantasy movement which originated in San Francisco during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Special emphasis is given to the prime mover, Robert Duncan Milne.Detailed accounts are also given to the lives and extraordinary works of William Henry Rhodes, W. C. Morrow, Emma Frances Daws, and Ambrose Bierce. The role played by the editors and publishers of the San Francisco newspapers (including William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner) is also explored.Science Fiction in Old San Francisco is the result of years of research by the genre's foremost authority and historian.
(For more than half a century the legion of loyal A. Merri...)
For more than half a century the legion of loyal A. Merritt enthusiasts have read and reread his science-fantasy masterpieces, and have sought for any unpublished remnants or fragments of his work, as well as for information about the man himself. This book was written to meet that need. It gathers as a marginalia the unpublished or uncollected stories, fragments, poems, articles and oddments. It brings to light the lost, the forgotten, the second thoughts of a master of the genre. To justify the assembly of so diverse and uneven a quantity of admittedly minor works, Sam Moskowitz, the leading historian of this field of letters, has written the first full-length account and critique of A. Merritt, his life, works, sources, influences, hobbies, personality, friends, philosophy, strengths and weaknesses, all in the perspective of his milieu. The book contains a previously unknown short story, totally unlike any other Merritt tales. There is also a short fantasy that appeared in The American Weekly under a pen name and which has been definitely established as Merritt's work. Among the writer's papers appeared two fragments of fantasies, one containing an outline for at least part of a novel. There is a section of poetry - 26 items here assembled for the first time - one of them a major fantasy epic called "2000 - The Triple City." Two other long poems - "Runes" and "Sir Barnabas" - reveal Merritt's versatility.
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.
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.
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Moskowitz was a member of Science Fiction Writers Association, Mystery Writers American, Fantasy Amatuer Press Association and First Fandom.
Moskowitz married Christine Elizabeth Haycock on July 6, 1958.