Kuczka, Péter

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(1923-1999) Hungarian publisher and critic who, beginning in the 1960s, was a powerful force in the renaissance of Hungarian sf, even during a period of Hungarian history not conducive to literary experiment (though the situation was liberalized in the 1970s). In 1968 Kuczka took over as controller and editor of the publisher Móra's brand-new sf imprint Kozmosz Fantasztikus Könyvek, which was and remains the most important sf publisher in Hungary in terms of both original Hungarian sf and translations. In 1972 Móra followed this paperback series with the magazine Galaktika, edited by Kuczka, first as a quarterly and now as a monthly with a circulation of about 50,000; it has several times won awards as the best sf magazine in Europe. He also introduced sf into the Hungarian Writers' Association (no easy task in a country whose literati and academics have often regarded sf with revulsion). From the outset (1972) he was connected with the Eurocons (trans-European sf Conventions), and was a director of World SF. Like all impresarios he has been criticized, but he did more for Hungarian sf than any other individual. He published a variety of essays on sf, many in Hungarian, some in English, and is the author of the entry on Hungary in this encyclopedia. [PN]

Péter Kuczka

born Székesfehérvár, Hungary: 1 March 1923

died Budapest, Hungary: 8 December 1999

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