HORACE GOLD: ECCENTRIC


HORACE GOLD: ECCENTRIC
   Some say that science fiction writers and editors are strong individualists; others call them eccentrics. There is no doubt that Horace Gold was one of the latter.Gold founded Galaxy magazine in 1950. Becausehe was profoundly agoraphobic, he conducted all of this business from his apartment. Isaac Asimov remembers that the first time he visited him, Gold left the room abruptly in the middle of a conversation. Asimov was perplexed and started to leave.On the way out, the phone rang. When Asimov was called to the phone, he discovered that Gold was on the line. Since Gold couldn’t stand the company of a stranger, he decided to call Asimovfrom his bedroom. And that’s how the meeting proceeded.Besides his penchant for odd meetings, Gold was also known for writing very insulting rejection letters, even to writers he liked. In his collection Earth is Room Enough, Asimov published a parody of Gold in one of three poemsentitled Rejection Slips.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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