GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION FIRST EDITION MARCH 1953
7.5"x5.5"

Galaxy Publishing 1953 - March, 1953. The Old Die Rich • novella by H. L. Gold, Student Body • novelette by F. L. Wallace, Horse Trader • novelette by Poul Anderson, Games • shortstory by Katherine MacLean, Secret of the House • shortstory by Anthony Boucher [as by H. H. Holmes], The Drop • shortstory by John Christopher, For Your Information (Galaxy Science Fiction, March 1953) • essay by Willy Ley, For Writers Mostly • essay by H. L. Gold [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]


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Galaxy Science Fiction
was a digest-size science fiction magazine, the creation of noted editor H. L. Gold, who found a responsive readership when he put the emphasis on imaginative sociological explorations of science fiction rather than hardware and pulp prose.

The science fiction genre was flourishing by the end of the 1930s, but World War II and its attendant paper shortages led to the demise of several magazines. By the late 1940s the market began to recover again. From a low of eight active magazines in 1946, the field expanded to 20 in 1950. Galaxy's appearance in 1950 was part of this boom; and according to critic Mike Ashley its success was the main reason for the subsequent flood of new releases: 22 more science fiction magazines appeared by 1954.

Gold as the editor, and the first issue appeared in October 1950.For the first issue, Gold obtained several stories by well-known authors, including Isaac Asimov, Fritz Leiber and Theodore Sturgeon, as well as part one of Time Quarry by Clifford D. Simak. Along with an essay by Gold, Galaxy's premiere issue introduced a book review column by anthologist Groff Conklin (which ran until 1955) and a Willy Ley science column.

Notable writers:
Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 – May 8, 1993) was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre.

Cyril Michael Kornbluth (July 23, 1923–March 21, 1958) was an American science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. He used a variety of pen-names, including Cecil Corwin, S.D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, and Jordan Park.

Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American mainstream, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer.Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury is widely considered one of the greatest and most popular American writers of speculative fiction of the twentieth century.Isaac Asimov Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with

Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime.


Notable illustrators
for the magazine during the 1950s included Chesley Bonestell, Paul Calle, Ed Emshwiller, Virgil Finlay, Dick Francis, Jack Gaughan, Don Sibley, David Stone and Wally Wood. Vaughn Bode briefly contributed a comic strip, Sunpot, during the early 1970s. Jerry Pournelle served as science columnist under Baen. In the late 1970s, the critic and erotica author Richard E. Geis wrote a fannish commentary column ("The Alien Viewpoint") which had first appeared in Baen's If.

Chesley Bonestell (1 January 1888 – 11 June 1986) was a painter, designer and illustrator. His paintings were a major influence on science fiction art and illustration, and he helped inspire the American space program. He is known as the "Father of Modern Space Art".

Ed Emshwiller (February 16, 1925-July 27, 1990) was a visual artist notable for illustrations of many science fiction magazine covers and for his pioneering computer-generated movies. He usually signed his work as Emsh but sometimes used the signatures Ed Emsh and Emsler.

Virgil Finlay (July 23, 1914–January 18, 1971) was a pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. While he worked in a range of media, from gouache to oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, beautifully detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. Despite the very labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of his specialty, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career.

Wallace Allan Wood (June 17, 1927, Menahga, Minnesota – November 2, 1981, Los Angeles, California) was an American comic book writer, artist and independent publisher, best known for his work in EC Comics and Mad.

 

Spanning three decades, Galaxy published acclaimed science fiction under a succession of editors:

H. L. Gold: October, 1950 - October 1961
Frederik Pohl: 1959 - May 1969
Ejler Jakobsson: July 1969 - May 1974
James Baen: June 1974 - October 1977
John J. Pierce: November 1977 - March-April 1979
Hank Stine: June-July 1979 - September-October 1979
Floyd Kemske: 1980

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