Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Galaxy 1952 10 - H. L. Gold

The stories here average 3.21. Ledaing off with the interesting baby is three, and even ending with the Travis McGee guy, John D. MacDonald, as the best two.

Here's what the editor says in 'Annual Report to Readers' at the start, or at least part of it :
"The twelvemonth between our first annual report and this, which marks the beginning of our third year, was rammed full of activity for GALAXY. It all boils down to this one astonishing fact, however:

GALAXY has acquired the second largest circulation in science fiction and is pushing hard toward first place.

For a magazine to achieve this record in so short a time is a tribute to its unyielding policy of presenting the highest quality obtainable; to its readers for their loyalty and appreciation; to its authors for helping it maintain those standards and even advance then.

During the turbulent first year of GALAXY's existence, other publishers thought the idea of offering mature science fiction in attractive, adult format was downright funny. They knew what sold—shapely female endomorphs with bronze bras, embattled male mesomorphs clad in muscle, and frightful alien monsters in search of a human meal.

Even our former publisher became infected with that attitude, and the resulting internal conflicts were no joke at all. "

They also claim one W. Ley as science writer, who was in the Astounding Science Fiction 1938 issue just mentioned recently.

A letter is actually answered for a reader who asks about Moebius strips, Tesseracts and Klein bottles, which is maybe more intersting than his time capsule type article itself.

Some book reviews by Groff Conklin including a 1952 best science fiction novels, to get some of the stories in of lengths that anthologists struggle with due to publisher pressure for more stories he says. It seems that hasn't changed much 55 years later.

Galaxy 1952 10 : BABY IS THREE - Theodore Sturgeon
Galaxy 1952 10 : HALO - Hal Clement
Galaxy 1952 10 : A LITTLE OIL - Eric Frank Russell
Galaxy 1952 10 : ZEN - Jerome Bixby
Galaxy 1952 10 : WAIT FOR WEIGHT - Jack McKenty
Galaxy 1952 10 : TREE SPARE THAT WOODMAN - Dave Dryfoos
Galaxy 1952 10 : GAME FOR BLONDES - John D. MacDonald

Gestalt growth.

3.5 out of 5

Master farming, space.

3 out of 5

Psychological ship stress solution.

3 out of 5

Large result of long loneliness.

3.5 out of 5

Tesseract fuel.

2.5 out of 5

Woodwalker game.

3 out of 5

Mini-man collection scavengers.

4 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

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