This week, we are celebrating the anniversary of the birthday of Hugo Gernsback who was born August 16, 1884. Yes, you may be experiencing deja vu since I love to revisit Hugo every four years or so.
Hugo Gernsbacher was born in Luxembourg and immigrated to the United States in 1904. He was fascinated by electricity and invented a dry battery which he patented upon arriving in the United States. He established a radio and electrical supply house called Electro Importing Company and developed a small portable radio transmitter called the Telimco Wireless Telegraph. He went on to patent 80 inventions.
Gernsback published a magazine for electrical experimenters called Modern Electronics which was later taken over by Popular Science. To fill up some empty space in the magazine, he decided to write a futuristic story which ran in 12 installments. The story named Ralph 124C 41+ was later published in 1926. It was set in the 27th century and is still available today.
He started a number of magazines including the first magazine dedicated exclusively to science fiction called Amazing Stories in 1926. Hugo coined the term scientifiction which later went on to be known as Science Fiction.