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Introduction 80 essay Frederik Pohl Horace L. Gold 80 essay Frederik Pohl Gold on Galaxy 80 essay Horace L. Gold Coming Attraction 50 story Fritz Leiber To Serve Man 50 story Damon Knight Memoir 80 essay Damon Knight Betelgeuse Bridge 51 story William Tenn From a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town-A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years 80 essay William Tenn [aka Philip Klass] Cost of Introduction 80 essay Frederik Pohl Horace L. Gold 80 essay Frederik Pohl Gold on Galaxy 80 essay Horace L. Gold Coming Attraction 50 story Fritz Leiber To Serve Man 50 story Damon Knight Memoir 80 essay Damon Knight Betelgeuse Bridge 51 story William Tenn From a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town-A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years 80 essay William Tenn [aka Philip Klass] Cost of Living 52 story Robert Sheckley Memoir of Galaxy Magazine 80 essay Robert Sheckley The Model of a Judge 53 story William Morrison Memoir 80 essay William Morrison The Holes Around Mars 54 story Jerome Bixby Memoir 80 essay Jerome Bixby Horrer Howce 56 story Margaret St Clair Memoir 80 essay Margaret St Clair People Soup 58 story Alan Arkin Memoir 80 essay Alan Arkin Something Bright 60 story Zenna Henderson The Lady Who Sailed the Soul/Instrumentality 60 novelette Cordwainer Smith The Deep Down Dragon 61 story Judith Merril Memoir 80 essay Judith Merril Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night 61 novelette Algis Budrys Memoir: Spilled Milk 80 essay Algis Budrys The Place Where Chicago Was 62 novelette Jim Harmon Memoir 80 essay Jim Harmon The Great Nebraska Sea 63 story Allan Danzig Memoir 80 essay Allan Danzig Oh, to Be a Blobel! 64 novelette Philip K. Dick Memoir 80 essay Philip K. Dick Founding Father 65 story Isaac Asimov Memoir 80 essay Isaac Asimov Going Down Smooth 68 story Robert Silverberg Memoir 80 essay Robert Silverberg All the Myriad Ways/Time Travel-Parallel Universe 68 story Larry Niven Memoir 80 essay Larry Niven The Last Flight of Dr Ain 69 story James Tiptree Jr From Galaxy Bookshelf 80 essay Algis Budrys Memoir 80 essay Algis Budrys Galaxy Book Shelf 9/69 essay Algis Budrys Slow Sculpture 70 novelette Theodore Sturgeon Memoir 80 essay Theodore Sturgeon About a Secret Crocodile 70 story R.A. Lafferty Memoir 80 essay R.A. Lafferty Cold Friend 73 story Harlan Ellison Memoir 80 essay Harlan Ellison The Day Before the Revolution/Hainish 74 story Ursula K. Le Guin Gift of Garigolli 74 novelette C.M. Kornbluth & Frederik Pohl Overdrawn at the Memory Bank/8 Worlds 76 novelette John Varley Note 80 essay John Varley Horace, Galaxyca 80 essay Alfred Bester Index to Galaxy Magazine 80


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Introduction 80 essay Frederik Pohl Horace L. Gold 80 essay Frederik Pohl Gold on Galaxy 80 essay Horace L. Gold Coming Attraction 50 story Fritz Leiber To Serve Man 50 story Damon Knight Memoir 80 essay Damon Knight Betelgeuse Bridge 51 story William Tenn From a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town-A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years 80 essay William Tenn [aka Philip Klass] Cost of Introduction 80 essay Frederik Pohl Horace L. Gold 80 essay Frederik Pohl Gold on Galaxy 80 essay Horace L. Gold Coming Attraction 50 story Fritz Leiber To Serve Man 50 story Damon Knight Memoir 80 essay Damon Knight Betelgeuse Bridge 51 story William Tenn From a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town-A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years 80 essay William Tenn [aka Philip Klass] Cost of Living 52 story Robert Sheckley Memoir of Galaxy Magazine 80 essay Robert Sheckley The Model of a Judge 53 story William Morrison Memoir 80 essay William Morrison The Holes Around Mars 54 story Jerome Bixby Memoir 80 essay Jerome Bixby Horrer Howce 56 story Margaret St Clair Memoir 80 essay Margaret St Clair People Soup 58 story Alan Arkin Memoir 80 essay Alan Arkin Something Bright 60 story Zenna Henderson The Lady Who Sailed the Soul/Instrumentality 60 novelette Cordwainer Smith The Deep Down Dragon 61 story Judith Merril Memoir 80 essay Judith Merril Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night 61 novelette Algis Budrys Memoir: Spilled Milk 80 essay Algis Budrys The Place Where Chicago Was 62 novelette Jim Harmon Memoir 80 essay Jim Harmon The Great Nebraska Sea 63 story Allan Danzig Memoir 80 essay Allan Danzig Oh, to Be a Blobel! 64 novelette Philip K. Dick Memoir 80 essay Philip K. Dick Founding Father 65 story Isaac Asimov Memoir 80 essay Isaac Asimov Going Down Smooth 68 story Robert Silverberg Memoir 80 essay Robert Silverberg All the Myriad Ways/Time Travel-Parallel Universe 68 story Larry Niven Memoir 80 essay Larry Niven The Last Flight of Dr Ain 69 story James Tiptree Jr From Galaxy Bookshelf 80 essay Algis Budrys Memoir 80 essay Algis Budrys Galaxy Book Shelf 9/69 essay Algis Budrys Slow Sculpture 70 novelette Theodore Sturgeon Memoir 80 essay Theodore Sturgeon About a Secret Crocodile 70 story R.A. Lafferty Memoir 80 essay R.A. Lafferty Cold Friend 73 story Harlan Ellison Memoir 80 essay Harlan Ellison The Day Before the Revolution/Hainish 74 story Ursula K. Le Guin Gift of Garigolli 74 novelette C.M. Kornbluth & Frederik Pohl Overdrawn at the Memory Bank/8 Worlds 76 novelette John Varley Note 80 essay John Varley Horace, Galaxyca 80 essay Alfred Bester Index to Galaxy Magazine 80

55 review for Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This a large anthology that Pohl edited to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Galaxy Magazine in 1980. The stories are for the most part very good, but the real attraction at the time was inclusion of memoirs from many of the authors about their stories or the magazine in general. Remember this was long, long before the internet, so there was no such thing as an author's blog or facebook page and it was something of a rare treat to go "behind the scenes" with a piece of non-fiction from a fiction This a large anthology that Pohl edited to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Galaxy Magazine in 1980. The stories are for the most part very good, but the real attraction at the time was inclusion of memoirs from many of the authors about their stories or the magazine in general. Remember this was long, long before the internet, so there was no such thing as an author's blog or facebook page and it was something of a rare treat to go "behind the scenes" with a piece of non-fiction from a fiction writer. Pohl, who edited the magazine during one its most productive periods, also contributes entertaining and anecdotal material, and there's an index of the first thirty years of everything that appeared in the magazine. Among my favorite stories are good ones from Fritz Leiber, William Tenn, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree, Jr., Ursula K. LeGuin, Harlan Ellison, John Varley, and especially Zenna Henderson and Margaret St. Clair. The most famous story here is one that most people know but don't know came from Galaxy: To Serve Man by Damon Knight, adapted as one of the most famous television half-hours of all time. It's an excellent collection of classic fiction and non-fiction!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

    This is a wonderful collection of short fiction that spans several decades. Early editor Horace Gold had a strong impact on the field with his choices of what to publish. Later, Fred Pohl did several super human stints as editor. It was in this collection that I discovered authors like James Tiptree Jr. and Ted Sturgeon. Galaxy magazine always had that "fun and wow" approach to SF. I recall having a subscription back in the 90's when Horace Gold's son resurrected it but it was unfortunately a sh This is a wonderful collection of short fiction that spans several decades. Early editor Horace Gold had a strong impact on the field with his choices of what to publish. Later, Fred Pohl did several super human stints as editor. It was in this collection that I discovered authors like James Tiptree Jr. and Ted Sturgeon. Galaxy magazine always had that "fun and wow" approach to SF. I recall having a subscription back in the 90's when Horace Gold's son resurrected it but it was unfortunately a short-lived run. For fans of the SF field, you shouldn't miss reading some of this great stuff. The field of SF magazines has offered some of the most entertaining reading in this field for generations and helped to keep the fans connected. Over the years, I've subscribed to several SF magazines on and off: Asimov's Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing, Analog, Galaxy, and Omni (published 1 or 2 SF stories an issue). If I had to pick a sentimental favorite it would be Amazing. If I had to pick a historical favorite, it would be Galaxy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Austin Beeman

    A retrospective collection featuring stories from Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine. The stories are share in chronological order from 1950 to 1976 and show the some of the transformations that happened in the genre during that time. While the stories are a little sub-par on average - most of a the story rated average could have easily been moved to poor - there are some gems. “Coming Attraction” and “Oh, To Be a Blobel!” are quite well know and anthologized, but “The Place Where Chicago Was,” “Th A retrospective collection featuring stories from Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine. The stories are share in chronological order from 1950 to 1976 and show the some of the transformations that happened in the genre during that time. While the stories are a little sub-par on average - most of a the story rated average could have easily been moved to poor - there are some gems. “Coming Attraction” and “Oh, To Be a Blobel!” are quite well know and anthologized, but “The Place Where Chicago Was,” “The Great Nebraska Sea,“ and “Horrer Howce” are relatively unknown. What one really buys this collection for is the historic memoirs about Galaxy that introduce almost every story in the collection. Written by the author, they range from insightful and humorous to angry and bitter. They are wonderful glimpses into a time and place in the history of science fiction. Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction is rated 72%. 13 good / 8 average / 3 poor. Coming Attraction by Fritz Leiber (1950) Good. A classic story of a British man in post nuclear war America. Rich is culture and economy of description. Well drawn with intense characters. To Serve Man by Damon Knight (1950) Good. The story that inspired the classic Twilight Zone episode. Hinges upon the conclusion for a great first read, but no reread ability. Betelgeuse Bridge by William Tenn (1951) Average. A Public Relations man in put in charge of interacting with alien first contact. Cost of Living by Robert Sheckley (1952) Good. Family legacy, debt, and the onward push of consumer products drive this short fun morality tale about what we’ll do for the newest and greatest products. The Model of a Judge by William Morrison (1953) Good. An carnivorous alien has been domesticated to act as a judge at a cake contest. The Holes Around Mars by Jerome Bixby (1954) Average. A standard space tale of astronauts investigating interest holes on Mars. Has some fun puns, though. Horrer Howce by Margaret St Clair (1956) Good. A tour of a carnival theme ride and the lovecraftian horrors within. People Soup by Alan Arkin (1958) Poor. Children do science in their household sink. Something Bright by Zenna Henderson (1960) Good. A low-income daughter spends the night with a neighbor who is desperately searching her house for …. something. The Lady Who Sailed the Soul by Cordwainer Smith (1960) Good. An interesting love story between two people who know - and will know - the excruciating pain for being a sailors between planets. Part of the famous Instrumentality series. The Deep Down Dragon by Judith Merril (1961) Average. I don’t think I understood this one. VR plus dinosaurs plus relationship dynamics. Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night by Algis Budrys (1962) Average. Corporate intrigue, assassination, subterfuge, in a story that never quite came together for me. The Place Where Chicago Was by Jim Harmon (1962) Good. I really liked this suspenseful thriller of a future society where people can’t kill, but the great powers can still fight wars. One man - who should be persona-non-grata - needs to get himself back into the apocalyptic Chicago to try to save the world. If his anti-murder control will let him. The Great Nebraska Sea by Allan Danzig (1963) Good. A geological tale of the force that created the Great Nebraska Sea and the Midwestern Riviera. Oh, To Be a Blobel! by Philip K Dick (1964) Good. A soldier who was transformed to spy behind alien lines, find himself turning into one of aliens every day. A touching parable. Founding Father by Isaac Asimov (1965) Good. A lesser Asimov story about men who die on a foreign planet. Going Down Smooth by Robert Silverberg (1968) Poor. Computer/AI tries to learn how to be obscene. All the Myriad Ways by Larry Niven (1968) Good. A man cleans a gun while thinking about alternative universes and a strange rash of meaningless suicides. The Last Flight of Doctor Ain by James Tiptree, Jr. (1969) Average. A sick woman travels frequently by airplane. Slow Sculpture by Theodore Sturgeon. (1970) Average. A dying girl, a fringe scientist, and a bonsai tree. About a Secret Crocodile by R A Lafferty. (1970) Poor. I know I read this, but I remember nothing about it. Even days later. Cold Friend by Harlan Ellison. (1973) Average. A man in the only one left after an apocalypse. He fights off strange threats and meets a girl. The Day Before the Revolution by Ursula K Le Guin (1974) Good. A superbly well drawn complex elderly women reminisces about the past and future, while the future she created begins to come to pass. The Gift of Garigolli by Frederik Pohl & C M Kornbluth (1974) Average. Very small beings observe a human family dealing with crippling debt. Overdrawn at the Memory Bank by John Varley (1976) Good. A man finds himself having to deal with life trapped in VR while the outside world tries to find his body.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Since we were stuck in the house today watching for tornados I was playing with my Kindle and found tons of these old short stories to download for free. I enjoyed them for what they were and when they were written. I love how the authors pictured the future and how people would be. Wonder what they would think about how things really are now? All in all, a great way to spend a dreary Saturday waiting for the storms to pass over.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This book has been sitting on my shelf for years and years. I finally read it because a Facebook group I'm in, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories, selected it for a group read. Galaxy Science Fiction was legendary back in the 1950s and 1960s, so I was expecting a lot of fantastic stories. Instead, the twenty-five stories in the collection were kind of a disappointment. Most were good, but none were great. I got the feeling the editors wanted to avoid all the well-reprinted stories an This book has been sitting on my shelf for years and years. I finally read it because a Facebook group I'm in, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories, selected it for a group read. Galaxy Science Fiction was legendary back in the 1950s and 1960s, so I was expecting a lot of fantastic stories. Instead, the twenty-five stories in the collection were kind of a disappointment. Most were good, but none were great. I got the feeling the editors wanted to avoid all the well-reprinted stories and showcase what they thought were forgotten gems. What I really enjoyed about this anthology was the author's memoirs that preceded each short story. Most gave accounts about dealing with Galaxy Science Fiction and the editors, especially the founding editor, H. L. Gold.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike Mann

    There are a few great stories on this collection, but it is a mixed bag varying widely in quality. The later stories are stronger, or more to my taste. I especially enjoyed the last one, “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” by John Varley. One earlier standout is “Horrer Howce” by Margaret St. Clair, published in July 1956, which creates a wonderfully tense atmosphere. As the writer states in her forward, “Disneyland was newish in the fifties, and McCarthyism was in the air.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    mainly for the Margaret St. Clair as I'm having trouble finding her works elsewhere mainly for the Margaret St. Clair as I'm having trouble finding her works elsewhere

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This is a "best of" collection spanning the thirty years that Galaxy Magazine was published, edited by person involved with it during that period. As such, it is better than most such collections, not only for the quality of its writing, but also as an historical survey of the field. This is a "best of" collection spanning the thirty years that Galaxy Magazine was published, edited by person involved with it during that period. As such, it is better than most such collections, not only for the quality of its writing, but also as an historical survey of the field.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ezra Claverie

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