Obit of the Day: "Marty the Other"
Isaac Asimov had some professional issues with Martin Greenberg of Gnome Books. We don’t know what they were, but we known that when Martin H. Greenberg of Green Bay, Wisconsin first wrote to the famed author about using his story in an anthology he had to vigorously deny he was the original Martin Greenberg. Asimov was convinced, and amused, and began calling Martin H. “Marty the Other.”
Marty Greenberg was the king of anthologies. Collecting and editing short stories, focusing on science fiction, Greenberg would publish tomes that featured the best of the best on certain topics: alternative history (an OOTD favorite), werewolves, mysteries, military fiction, and even Asimov himself. Over 2,500 anthologies were compiled by the one-time political science professor at UW-Green Bay. (He always wanted to have a day job, just in case.)
Greenberg eventually opened up his own publishing house, Tekmo Books. During his career he worked directly with the biggest names in ficition: Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, and Sue Grafton, to name a few.
Greenberg was 70 years old.
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