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Opening Lines

magabook_1Selected from a digest featured in The Digest Enthusiast book four:

“The air of the city’s cheapest flophouse was thick with the smells of harsh antiseptic and unwashed bodies. The early Christmas snowstorm had driven in every bum who could steal or beg the price of admission, and the long rows of cots were filled with fully clothed figures.”

“Badge of Infamy” by Lester del Rey Galaxy Magabook #1

Galaxy Novels Extended—Twice

Galaxy Books/Publishing was once a bustling enterprise. The Galaxy Novel series, ran for 31 editions as digest-sized paperbacks. Then there were four more (#32–35) produced in the standard paperback-size of the day, aka 1958. A year later, Beacon Books continued the series with eleven more editions in paperback-size that extended the series through 1961.

And finally, in 1963, a short-lived series of three digest-sized book/magazines appeared. Dubbed a “Magabook” each edition included two compete novels. The first was The Sky is Falling and Badge of Infamy, both by Lester Del Rey, with cover artwork by Virgil Finlay.

See indexes at Internet Speculative Fiction Database and Galactic Central.

Both series of digest-sized novels are covered in depth by Steve Carper and Gary Lovisi in TDE4.