Contents Ejler Jakobsson: Man in Eternity Algis Budrys: Galaxy Bookshelf Harlan Ellison “The Region Between” Leo P. Kelley “The Propheteer” George C. Willick “A Place of Strange” Robert Silverberg “Downward to the Earth” Part IV conclusion Vaughn Bodé “Sunpot” (comic) Robert F. Young “Reflections”
Galaxy Magazine Vol. 29 No. 6 March 1970 Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson Associ. Publisher: Bernard Williams Editor: Ejler Jakobsson Editor Emeritus: Frederik Pohl Science Editor: Donald H. Menzel Feature Editor: Lester del Rey Managing Editor: Judy-Lynn Benjamin Art Director: Franc L. Roggeri Assoc. Art Director: Jack Gaughan Cover and interior art: Jack Gaughan
Contents Algis Budrys: Galaxy Bookshelf Gerald Jonas “The Shaker Revival” Theodore Sturgeon “Slow Sculpture” A. Bertram Chandler “Sleeping Beauty” Dennis Plachta “The Last Night of the Festival” Robert Silverberg “Downward to the Earth” Part III Zane Kotker “After They Took the Panama Canal” Vaughn Bodé “Sunpot” (comic) Galaxy Stars: Gerald Jonas
Galaxy Magazine Vol. 29 No. 5 Feb. 1970 Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson Associ. Publisher: Bernard Williams Editor: Ejler Jakobsson Editor Emeritus: Frederik Pohl Science Editor: Donald H. Menzel Feature Editor: Lester del Rey Managing Editor: Judy-Lynn Benjamin Art Director: Franc L. Roggeri Assoc. Art Director: Jack Gaughan Cover and interior art: Jack Gaughan
Excerpt from “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018. (Quotes gleened from Joe’s interviews or correspondence.)
“My first professional work involved doing spot illustrations for Galaxy and If digest science fiction magazines,” Joe said in 2010. “I had done comics and other stuff for fanzines, and I sent some clips to Frederik Pohl around 1967, asking if I could get some work from his magazines. He replied that he liked what I had sent, but could I show him something a little more subdued? So I worked up a small folio of illustrations that I felt were more in keeping with the style of those two magazines. Fred said ‘OK!’ and directed his staff to begin sending me galley proofs of stories slated for upcoming issues.
“The galleys were arriving regularly in the mail. I was really on my way! Then Galaxy Publications was sold, and the new editors sent me nothing more.”
Joe’s artwork appears in: Galaxy Jun–Aug, & Oct. 1968 If May–Aug. 1968 Joe’s bibliography appears on the Larque Press website.
When I was in high school I read all the digests I could lay my hands on, preferring one that’s no longer around named Galaxy. Where Analog tended to have more tech-oriented stories, and Fantasy & Science Fiction was usually more literary, Galaxy hit a sweet spot of SF focusing on characters and the soft sciences. I have a complete collection still, barring a couple of later magazine-sized issues from when it was being passed from one publisher to another.
The magazine nowadays that’s inherited that mantle is Asimov’s, where I’m very happy to have sold several stories. They’re a little more adventure-oriented, but that’s not an issue where I’m concerned.
From International Science Fiction No. 2 (June 1968):
The second issue of ISF opens with an editorial, “The Balance of Ideas,” by Lester del Rey, that illustrates the importance of ideas from a global perspective (expressed in tongues other than English) and therefore ISF’s importance as an access point.
Public opinion on the Vietnam War was hot and passionate in 1968. A two-page ad with a list of science fiction luminaries appeared on opposing pages of this edition; those supporting the war on one side and those against it on the other. The same ad broke in the June 1968 issue of Galaxy where it was followed by an editorial by Frederik Pohl, who wasn’t happy about either side. In ISF, the ad ran without further comment.