First serialized in 1934 in the pages of Astounding, Jack Williamson’s The Legion of Space was the second Galaxy Science Fiction Novel, issued in 1951, with a cover by Paul Callé. The sequel to this novel, The Cometeers, was published a year earlier, in 1950, by Fantasy Press.
The size of a digest magazine makes them ideal for readers. Not so for newsdealers. Standard racks aren’t designed for digests and if you can’t grab the attention of someone browsing the stands, impulse sales are tough to close. Challenge enough for digest magazines. But what is a newsdealer to do with a digest-size novel coming at her through her regular magazine distributor?
Despite display and distribution challenges, the Galaxy Science Fiction Novels ran from 1950 to 1961. Shown here is the cover of the first edition that launched the series.
Steve Carper examines the series and its roots in “The Galaxy Science Fiction Novels” in TDE4.