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Changing the Playing Field: H.L. Gold & Galaxy Science Fiction

One of the things that I’ve really loved about this column is getting a sense of how connected everyone was. Truly, everyone seemed to know one another, even as small groups formed around certain editors. A case in point, over the last couple of columns, I’ve been looking at the Golden Age of SF, which is generally regarded as beginning with John W. Campbell Jr.’s rein at Astounding. Campbell’s star was bright and enduring, but it lost its innovative edge. H.L. Gold, I think, deserves more attention for his role during the Golden Age, as his magazine Galaxy Science Fiction provided some of the genre’s most enduring classics.

Go read Changing the Playing Field: H.L. Gold & Galaxy Science Fiction over on the Kirkus Reviews blog!

 

About Andrew Liptak (169 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at www.andrewliptak.com and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

1 Comment on Changing the Playing Field: H.L. Gold & Galaxy Science Fiction

  1. I’ve been debating picking up some of the old Galaxy magazines — particularly the four issues that have Bester’s Tiger Tiger/The Stars My Destination.

    Lots of cool stuff in the fifties decade of Galaxy.

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