Editor and Anthologist Martin Harry Greenberg (1941-2011)

Locus, SFsite, and others are reporting that prolific editor and publisher Martin Harry Greenberg passed away on Saturday, June 25th after a long battle with cancer. He was best known as the editor or co-editor of literally hundreds of anthologies of short fiction, often in collaboration with well-known writers such as Robert Silverberg, Jane Yolen, and Mike Resnick. He famously co-edited over 125 anthologies with Isaac Asimov. He also co-edited a large number of anthologies with scholars such as Charles G. Waugh, Joseph D. Olander, and/or Patricia Warrick. A holder of a doctorate in political science, Greenberg taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1975 until his retirement in 1996. In 2001, he founded book packaging company Tekno Books.

Greenberg’s contributions to the genre publishing did not go unheralded. He received lifetime achievement awards for his work in science fiction (the Milford Award), horror (the Bram Stoker Award), and mystery (the Ellery Queen Award). In 2009 he was honored with one of the first Solstice Awards, given by the Science Fiction Writers of America to individuals who have had a significant impact on the world of science fiction.

Martin H. Greenberg’s anthologies cast a wide net; they ranged from enjoyable tie-ins built around current hit movies to carefully-constructed teaching volumes designed for the education market. Odds are that you or somone you know owned or read at least one book edited by Greenberg. He will be missed.

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