Friday, May 28, 2010

"Galaxy Science Fiction", Vol 7 No 5-A (February 1954) (ed H L Gold) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, February 1954 issue, by EMSH showing spaceship hydroponics room.
Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.

Includes "Project Hush", a story I talked of last week without a download link.

Table of contents (8 stories, best first, unread last).

Links on author name fetch more stories of author. If I have a separate post on a story, link on story title goes there. For stories I've read, my rating is in brackets.
  1. [ss] William Tenn's "Project Hush" (A): "The biggest job in history & it had to be done with complete secrecy. It was - which was just the trouble!"
  2. [novelet] James Blish's "Beep" (B): "Earth's Secret Service kept peace in the Galaxy efficiently - very efficiently. It was always there ... before trouble started!"

    Collected in "The Ascent of Wonder".
  3. [novelet] Roger Dee's "Pet Farm": "The next worst thing to hell is being shanghaied into the Paradise of an alien planet!"
  4. [novelet] H Chandler Elliott's "Inanimate Objection": "Attacking someone's systematized delusions can be a dangerous thing. You're liable to find that he is not as deluded as you are!"
    Note: This description sounds like Fritz Leiber's "Sanity"!
  5. [novelet] J T M'Intosh's "Men Like Mules": "Never was there a more exasperating sales job ... Earth was dying & its inhabitants had to be talked or tricked into leaving!"
  6. [ss] Arthur Sellings' "The Boys from Vespis": "It was just a frightful mistake - but try convincing the Earthgirls that it was!"
  7. [ss] Kenneth Harmon's "The Passanger": "The classic route to a man's heart is through his stomache - & she was just his dish."
  8. [ss] Fredric Brown's "Two Timer": It looks like a collection of 2 pieces of flash fiction titled "Experiment" & "Sentry".


  1. Fiction from Galaxy.
  2. "Pulp" magazines.
  3. Works of H L Gold.
  4. Fiction from 1950s.