REVIEW ✓ The Sixth Galaxy Reader

The Sixth Galaxy Reader

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Mov Fritz Leiber Theodore Sturgeon part 1 of Time uarry by Clifford D Simak Along with an essay by Gold the premiere introduced a book review column by anthologist Groff Conklin running til '55 a Willy Ley science column In the summer of '51 disagreements within World Editions led to distribution disruptions The operations head found out agreed to sell Galaxy to the printer Rbt M Guinn Guinn's new company named Galaxy Publ Corp took over with the 1051 issue Gold remained editor but lost the assistance of World Editions staff relying instead on Jerome Bixby Algis Budrys Theodore Sturgeon Sturgeon's wife Evelyn Paige Frederik Pohl working as a literary agent was also helpful in obtaining writers The sf magazine boom was over by the late '50s Their low circulation didn't endear them to distributors middlemen who transported magazines from publishers to news stands other outlets Gold changed Galaxy Science Fiction to Galaxy Magazine wi.

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Th the 958 issue commenting that science fiction scares many people away from buying Galaxy's circulation at about 90000 was the highest of the sf magazines but Guinn decided to cost cut in 1959 raised the price changed it to a bimonthly increased the page count Guinn also cut the rates paid to authors from 3 4 to 15 cents a word These changes saved over 12000 yearly The result was a circulation fall to about 80000 within 2 years This was sustainable because of fiction budget savings Guinn acuired If another sf magazine in '59 gaving it to Gold to edit as well The 1st issue of If under Gold was 759 Galaxy's shift to a bimonthly schedule had been to reduce Gold's workload as he was in poor health He was able to take on If because the magazines alternated publication months The next year he had a car accident proved unable to continue Frederik Pohl took over at some point in early '61 tho not listed on the masthead as editor until 10. The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems highest of the sf magazines but Guinn decided to cost cut in 1959 raised the price changed it to a bimonthly increased the page count Guinn also cut the rates paid to authors from 3 4 to 15 cents a word These changes saved over 12000 yearly The result was a circulation fall to about 80000 within 2 years This was sustainable because of fiction budget savings Guinn acuired If another sf magazine in '59 gaving it to Gold to edit as well The 1st issue of If under Gold was 759 Galaxy's shift to a bimonthly schedule Handbook of Psychophysiology had been to reduce Gold's workload as Frugal Innovation he was in poor American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations health He was able to take on If because the magazines alternated publication months The next year Rediscovering Our Galaxy (Iau S334) he When Movements Become Parties had a car accident proved unable to continue Frederik Pohl took over at some point in early '61 tho not listed on the masthead as editor until 10.

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Horace Gold Galaxy's 1st editor had worked at Standard Magazines in the early '40s as assistant editor reading for Standard's 3 sf pulps Startling Stories Thrilling Wonder Captain Future With war's advent he joined the army but in '49 was approached by Vera Cerutti who had once worked for him Cerutti was now working for an Italian publisher Edizione Mondiale who had opened a NY office as World Editions World Editions had made a heavy loss on Fascination an attempt to launch a magazine in the US they were looking for new title recommendations Gold knew about The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction a digest launched in the fall of '49 thought there was a market for another serious sf magazine He also proposed paying 3 cents a word a high rate given that most others only paid 1 cent World Editions agreed made Gold editor the 1st issue appeared in 1050 For the 1st issue Gold obtained several stories by known authors including Isaac Asi. Illegal Affairs had worked at Standard Magazines in the early '40s as assistant editor reading for Standard's 3 sf pulps Startling Stories Thrilling Wonder Captain Future With war's advent 21 Short Plays he joined the army but in '49 was approached by Vera Cerutti who Angel of Sudden Hill had once worked for The Complete Anchoring Handbook him Cerutti was now working for an Italian publisher Edizione Mondiale who Screams and Nightmares had opened a NY office as World Editions World Editions Muay Thai Unleashed had made a Practical Boat Mechanics heavy loss on Fascination an attempt to launch a magazine in the US they were looking for new title recommendations Gold knew about The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction a digest launched in the fall of '49 thought there was a market for another serious sf magazine He also proposed paying 3 cents a word a Short Cycle Selling high rate given that most others only paid 1 cent World Editions agreed made Gold editor the 1st issue appeared in 1050 For the 1st issue Gold obtained several stories by known authors including Isaac Asi.


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    CONTENTS◾INTRODUCTION How to Write Science Fiction H L Gold◾Fiction▪️The Nuse Man Margaret St Clair▪️Success Story Earl Goodale▪️A Husband for My Wife William W Stuart▪️Insidekick J F Bone▪️Love Called This Thing Avram Davidson Laura Goforth▪️Lex W T Haggert▪️License to Steal Louis Newman▪️True Self Elizabeth Mann Borgese▪️Flower Arrangement Rosel George Brown▪️Thing of Beauty Damon Knight▪️Personnel Problem H L Gold▪️The Number of the Beast Fritz Leiber▪️The IFTH of OOFTH Walter Tevis Jr▪️The Genius Heap James BlishThis is a somewhat disappointing anthology made up of stories previously published in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine in the years 1956 1960 The title was changed to Galaxy Magazine in 1958 The one that I think is the poorest is surprisingly by Fritz Leiber In The Number of the Beast the police in the Terran satellite of High Chicago know that one of four telepathic aliens each from a different species is a hired assassin; for various reasons they have only half an hour to discover which one that is and Earth knows that an accusation made to the wrong individual would be disastrous The story manages to be misogynistic homophobic and boringThere are two stories that originally appeared in the August 1959 issue of Galaxy The science fiction and fantasy website ISFDb says that these are the only published science fiction story by one of the two authors and one of only two by the other Those authors are W T Haggert and Louis Newman Newman's License to Steal was listed on its first printing as a non fact article It tells about an alien who has come to Earth from a planet on which theft is an accepted way of life The alien reuests a license to steal from a police officer; the officer as a joke writes out the license The article consists of details of the legal wrangling which resultsW T Haggert's story Lex is a somber story about the well known science fiction trope the artificial intelligence that has become self aware In addition to Lex Haggert published one other science fiction story Lex is good enough to make one wonder why Haggert didn't continue to publish Elizabeth Mann Borgese was the daughter of author Thomas Mann Most of her writing was non fiction but she did write some science fiction as well True Self is an undistinguished tale set in a future beauty parlor Personnel Problem is another not particularly good story H L Gold author of that story first editor of Galaxy and editor of this anthology wrote some fine short fiction but most of that appeared in magazines that he did not edit; I don't know why Personnel Problem tells of a mining operation on an asteroid with a fine staff of miners but in need of an engineer Well in need of might be overstating The last sentence is a venerable but appropriate comedy punchlineA Husband for My Wife is a routine comic time travel story by William W StuartEarl Goodale is another author listed on ISFDb as having published only two science fiction stories one of which was Success Story Aliens have invaded Earth but complications arise This seems like it was intended for AstoundingAnalog It might have been a typical Christopher Anvil type story told from the viewpoint of an unenthusiastic member of the invading force; it is however rather clever than the usual Anvil taleInsidekick good title by J F Bone takes another familiar science fiction trope of an intelligent alien being living inside an unknowing human The alien means well but is unable to communicate with its human host This is purely an adventure tale rather well toldThe IFTH of OOFTH by Walter Tevis Jr starts with a scene similar to the beginning of Robert Heinlein's story And He Built a Crooked House but then goes in a very different direction Tevis was primarily a mainstream author The Hustler The Color of Money and others but his science fiction and fantasy stories are uite good Profreeding noat OOFTH is misspelled on the book jacketJames Blish's story The Genius Heap tells of a project to move many of Earth's artists from all fields and intellectuals to the Bartók Colony on Callisto one of the moons of Jupiter There they have all been assured the deleterious effect of neutrino activity on creativity will be greatly reduced But there is to the storyDamon Knight wrote many fine short stories both serious and comic Thing of Beauty is decidedly at the comic end of the range A man accidentally receives a machine that draws brilliantly and seemingly creatively Of course the man takes credit for the drawings never bothering to have the instruction booklet translated from whatever language it is into English People in science fiction stories never learn to check the dentition of their gift horses See for example Child's Play by William Tenn How 2 by Clifford Simak and Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley The three remaining stories are all also comic and all written or co written by women Love Called This Thing another clever title is by Avram Davidson and Laura Goforth ISFDb doesn't list any other science fiction or fantasy stories by Ms Goforth This is the very funny tale of an alien visitor who has taken the form of a human male having learned everything about life in the United States by monitoring radio and television broadcasts On second thought perhaps not uite everything Margaret St Clair wrote two nuse stories The Nuse Man and its seuel The Airy Servitor Galaxy Magazine April 1960 Nuseis a power source that the nuse man describes as originating on the far side of 3000 AD The story is narrated by a present day woman whom the nuse man has visited to try to get her to buy nuse service Even though she continues to refuse he comes back in this story to tell her of his recent work in the kingdom of Ur in 3000 BC This is unfortunately not a tale likely to convince her to use nuse Margaret St Clair was an idiosyncratic author much too little known This also applies to the author of Flower Arrangement Rosel George Brown The narrator of this story is another contemporary woman who has volunteered to do a flower arrangement to represent her garden club at a flower show even though she has a long history of failed previous arrangements She is assisted sort of by her son an imaginative kindergartener Her son makes the roundest thing in the whole world with a balloon some magnets silver paint and glitter and includes that in the arrangement which is based on a Moebius Strip Somehow this all produces a strange result which has scientists puzzled This is Brown at her best Brown died of lymphoma five years after this book was published She was forty one The jacket cover for the 1962 hardcover Doubleday edition was by Roger Zimmerman As I said this is not a great collection but I do like the stories by St Clair Goodale Davidson and Goforth Haggert Brown Knight and Tevis Correction of material in the Goodreads introductory material about this bookThere is a reference to Theodore Sturgeon Sturgeon's wife Evelyn Paige; Ms Paige was actually married to H L Gold first editor of Galaxy


  2. says:

    This anthology contains How to Write Science Fiction Personnel Problem by HL Gold; The Nuse Man by Margaret St Clair; Success Story by Earle Goodale; A Husband for My Wife by Wm W Stuart; Insidekick by JF Bone; Love Called This Thing by Avram Davidson Laura Goforth; Lex by WT Haggert; License to Steal by Louis Newman; True Self by Elisabeth Mann Borgese; The Number of the Beast by Fritz Leiber; The Genius Heap by James Blish; Flower Arrangement by Rosel George Brown; Thing of Beauty by Damon Knight the IFTH of OOFTH by Walter S Tevis Jr


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