Gregg Press

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US publisher of reprints in hardcover, a subsidiary of G K Hall & Co. The Gregg Press Science Fiction Reprint Series, edited by David G Hartwell with Lloyd W Currey as associate editor, included a variety of novels and collections dating from the eighteenth century until recent times. Among them were several new volumes, including Alyx (coll 1976; vt The Adventures of Alyx 1985) by Joanna Russ. Gregg Press also published books of critical material about sf drawn from such academic journals as Science Fiction Studies and Foundation. The Gregg Press reprints – many of which represented the first hardcover editions of out-of-print paperback originals – were regarded by critics as the best of the several sf reprint hardcover series, all aimed primarily at libraries; new and often lengthy introductions to the fiction reprints, by leading critics and authors, were a useful feature. 1978 was a peak year for the series, with 61 titles published. In 1980 it became clear that the backlist inventory was too large, and the roster of new publications was radically cut down. During 1980-1984 Currey alone edited the Gregg Press Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy author bibliographies, which covered 18 writers in 14 volumes. Gregg Press stopped publishing sf in 1984, and disappeared on being absorbed into Macmillan in Spring 1991. [PN/MJE]

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