Galaxy Science Fiction

(1) A Prozine

Galaxy Science Fiction was a digest-sized prozine, published from 1950 to 1980. Its first editor was H. L. Gold, who quickly made Galaxy the leading prozine of the day by focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology.

Initially published by World Editions, in 1952, it was acquired by Robert Guinn, its printer. Fred Pohl joined the company and was helping Gold with the magazine's production by the late 50s. When Gold's health worsened, Pohl took over as editor, starting officially at the end of 1961, though he had been doing the majority of the production work for some time.

In 1969 Guinn sold Galaxy to Universal Publishing and Distribution Corporation (UPD) and Pohl resigned, to be replaced by Ejler Jakobsson. Under Jakobsson the magazine declined in quality. It recovered somewhat under Jim Baen, who took over in mid-1974, but when he left at the end of 1977 the deterioration resumed and the schedule became erratic. By the end of the 1970s the gaps between issues were lengthening, and the title was finally sold to Vincent McCaffrey, who brought out just one issue in 1980. The title was revived for eight issues as a semi-professional magazine in 1994 by H. L. Gold's son, E. J. Gold.

At its peak, Galaxy greatly influenced in the science fiction field. It was regarded as one of the leading sf magazines almost from the start, and its influence did not wane until Pohl resigned in 1969. Gold brought a "sophisticated intellectual subtlety" to magazine science fiction according to Pohl, who added that "after Galaxy/ it was impossible to go on being naive."

Galaxy was nominated for the Best Professional Magazine Hugo or its editor for the Best Professional Editor Hugo in 1957, 1959-1960, 1962-1972, and 1975-1977. It won the category in 1953 and received Retro Hugo nominations for 1951 and 1954. See Best Professional Magazine Hugo for links to details for these years.

(2) A Fapazine by Olon F. Wiggins

A fapazine done by Olon F. Wiggins in the late 30s.

(3) A Georgia APA.

Galaxy was a Georgia-area local APA which merged into Myriad in 1975.

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(4) An Apazine for OMPA

A apazine published by Derek Pickles for OMPA.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 September 1954 4 In OMPA 1
2 Winter 1954 16 In OMPA 2
3 1955 4 In OMPA 4. Final issue

(5) A Fanzine for FWD

A fanzine published by Terry Overton and included in the Futurian War Digest.
Issue Date Pages Notes
1 August 1942 2 In FWD 22
2 October 1942 4 In FWD 23
3 November 1942 2 In FWD 24
4 January 1943 4 In FWD 25
5 February 1943 4 In FWD 26
6 May 1943 4 In FWD 27
7 July 1943 4 In FWD 29. Final issue

(6) An Almost Semiprozine

See Carl Swanson for an attempt to create something a lot like a semiprozine in the early 30s.


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