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TransformationsThe Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970; The History Of Science-Fiction Magazine$
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Mike Ashley

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.001.0001

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A Galaxy of Stars

A Galaxy of Stars

(p.1) 1 A Galaxy of Stars

Mike Ashley

Liverpool University Press

The year 1950 marked the twenty-fourth anniversary of science fiction magazines. Amazing Stories, the first all-science fiction magazine, was launched in April 1926, although science fiction had already existed in magazines for more than 100 years. Science fiction was allegedly harmed by the publication of a specialist science fiction magazine and was not allowed to develop as part of mainstream fiction. While these claims have some element of truth, the science fiction magazine, most especially Astounding Science under John W. Campbell, Jr, contributed to the development and establishment of science fiction. This chapter examines the two most important magazines of the 1950s, and their editors: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, the first issue of which appeared in Fall 1949; and Galaxy, first published in early September 1950.

Keywords:   science fiction magazines, Amazing Stories, science fiction, Astounding Science, Fantasy, Galaxy, editors

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