Friday, June 11, 2010

"Galaxy Magazine", Vol 16 No 5 (September 1958) (ed H L Gold) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover by DEMBER showing Preparing Antarctica for Solar Conference of Galaxy Magazine, September 1958 issue
This magazine is online at Internet Archive in multiple formats.
Caution: I've linked it in the past, but without ToC. Regulars might already have a local copy.
Note: Galaxy seems to have changed its name from "Galaxy Science Fiction" to "Galaxy Magazine" some time in 1958. But the transition month listed by ISFDB is wrong.

Two very well known stories here - "The Ugly Little Boy" & "A Slight Case of Sunstroke", but both appear here under their less well known alternate titles. "Thing of Beauty" also seems to be widely anthologized, but I haven't personally read it yet.

Table of contents (6 stories, best first, unread last).

Links on author fetch more fiction by author. For read stories, my rating is in brackets. For stories that have their own post, link on story title goes there.
  1. [novella] Isaac Asimov's "Lastborn" aka "The Ugly Little Boy" (A): "A scientific experiment or not, the patient was her responsibility ... and all the more so for having died so many centuries ago!"
  2. [ss] Arthur C Clarke's "The Stroke of the Sun" aka "A Slight Case of Sunstroke" (A): '"Kill the umpire!" the audience cried—and why shouldn't they? He was on the ball, wasn't he?'
  3. [novelet] Rosel George Brown's "From an Unseen Censor": "You can't beat my Uncle Isadora—he's dead but he's quick — yet that is just what he was daring me to try and do!"
  4. [novelet] Damon Knight's "Thing of Beauty": "There was the gizmo that could put Gordon Fish in the chips — or right in the soup — and he didn't know which he was ordering!"
  5. [ss] Lloyd Biggle, Jr's "On the Double": "Failure was impossible — they had the one true formula: the victor belongs to the spoils!"
  6. [ss] H L Gold's "Personnel Problem": "Mng engnr wanted: duties it, gravity ditto, unitd opptnty advcmt—as anythg but engnr!"


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