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Martin H. Greenberg

Word is slowly filtering out. Martin H. Greenberg, of Tekno books, died in his sleep, at home, yesterday morning. I met Marty a number of times, because he came to the DAW dinners at various worldcons over the past two decades. DAW published a lot of his anthologies, and he was always invited. He was a tall man, and he was a gentleman; he was always friendly, whether he knew you well or had just met you for the first time.

When I first met him, he had Larry Segriff in tow (I assumed Larry was just out of College at the time, which made Larry laugh out loud when I finally mentioned this); later, I met John Helfers, Russell Davis, and Denise Little. I also met his wife. They were all part of what became Tekno books. I had far more contact with any of these people, outside of conventions, than Marty - but seeing Marty was always a highlight of the convention.

Marty treated the writers who contributed to his anthologies well. He always paid on time. He always paid. If there was any difficulty, he was quick to respond to it. During the kerfuffle about pro-rata royalties some years back, it never occurred to me that his intent was to defraud authors--he made a mistake. Anyone, meeting Marty, couldn't assume any ill-will toward authors at all. It was impossible not to give him the benefit of the doubt in any circumstance where it might be required. Every editor who worked under Tekno picked up the same business philosophy, and they were as much a delight to work with as Marty.

He was, in every possible way, a gentleman. At the moment, there's a large, Martin H. Greenberg shaped void in the world, and I don't think anyone can fill it.


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Jun. 27th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
please pardon the profanity but thats the first and large thing that comes to mind.
for a large part of my life i knew that an anthology with this name on it was awesome....
Jun. 27th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
As for the contretemps, there was quite a difference of legal opinion about that contract language. It's doubtful whether Marty made any mistake at all.
Jun. 27th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
*sigh* Some of my favorite collections were edited by him. What a loss.
Jun. 27th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
This is sad news. His anthologies and Marty himself are a huge part of science fiction.

He will be greatly missed.
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard...I have several double shelves dedicated to his anthologies...They've always been favorites of mine. Condolences - to all of us.
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