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Stamping on Hugo

26/04/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Early father of SF, Hugo Gernsback, to get his own stamp.

Luxembourg Post and Telecom have just launched a new stamp honouring the man who coined the word 'science fiction', Hugo Gernsback.

Born in Luxembourg on 16 August 1884 of German parents, Hugo Gernsback studied at the Industrial School in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg. At the age of 20, he emigrated to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. Engineer, inventor, editor, and writer, it is in the area of science fiction that Hugo Gernsback left his imprint, to an extent that today he is considered the father of the genre. Fascinated with technology, he founded the magazine "Modern Electrics" in which he published his science fiction adventures.

In 1926 he founded the first magazine of "scientifiction". In "Amazing Stories" reprints of Verne and Wells were published as well as stories by new science fiction authors who, until then, had to rely on horror magazines to publish their stories. Forced to give up "Amazing Stories" in 1929, Hugo Gernsback founded a new magazine, "Science Wonder Stories", which included in the editorial of the first edition the first known written record of the term "science-fiction".

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