Charles Hornig

(1916 — 11 October 1999)

Charles D. Hornig was the youngest professional SF editor ever.* In 1933 Hornig, who was publishing a very early fanzine called The Fantasy Fan, sent a copy to Hugo Gernsback, who happened to be looking for a new editor just then. He was so impressed with Hornig’s fanzine that he sent for him and hired him at age 17, and he remained Wonder Stories' editor until 1936 when the magazine was sold. (For some of that time he attended evening classes in order to finish high school while editing for Gernsback during the day.)

*Although Michael Moorcock became editor of Tarzan Adventures when he was 16.

Along with Hugo Gernsback, Hornig founded the SFL in 1934, and Hornig continued to administer it while it existed. By the late 30s he was editing Fantasy Magazine. He attended the Second Eastern and Nycon.

Hornig was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during WWII, and wrote about his experience in the seventh issue of E. Everett Evans' The Timebinder.

Read Hornig's remembrance of Nycon