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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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The Times they are a-Changing

The Times they are a-Changing

(p.203) 6 The Times they are a-Changing

Mike Ashley

Liverpool University Press

In the United States, six surviving science fiction magazines would have been enough to expect an improvement in quality. This would deter opportunist publishers who had little interest in science fiction but wanted to earn a quick profit from it. While it would be more difficult for new, upcoming writers, good editors should always look out for rising talent, ensuring that quality would prevail. However, the market was even smaller than six, since only four editors were employed in the United States and one in Britain. At the end of 1960, these editors were John W. Campbell, Jr, at Analog, Horace Gold (later replaced by Frederik Pohl) at Galaxy and If: Worlds of Science Fiction, Robert P. Mills (later replaced by Avram Davidson) at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Cele Goldsmith at Amazing Stories and Fantastic. In Britain, John Carnell was the editor at New Worlds, Science Fantasy, and Science Fiction Adventures. The three leading science fiction magazines remained Astounding Science, Galaxy, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Keywords:   science fiction magazines, quality, publishers, science fiction, editors, Galaxy, Astounding Science, Fantasy, John Carnell, Horace Gold

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