H. L. Gold

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(April 26, 1914 – February 21, 1996)

Horace Leonard Gold, editor of Galaxy, was one of the first post-Campbell editors to take magazine sf in a new direction. He also wrote some sf and was briefly an assistant editor on the prozines Captain Future, Thrilling Wonder Stories and Startling Stories.

Under his direction, Galaxy became one of the leading magazines in the field. (One of Gold's slogans was, "You'll Never See it in Galaxy!".) He was also a major anthologist, particularly with this Best from Galaxy series. After Galaxy took over IF, he was also editor of IF until he retired from both in 1961.

Born in Canada, Gold moved to the United States at the age of 2. He was famously agoraphobic, and as a consequence, many Hydra Club meetings were held at his house. He was married to Evelyn Gold, Galaxy’s assistant editor, from 1939–57, and left it to her to be the prozine’s “Face” at conventions. His brother was author and critic Floyd C. Gale.

Entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

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