Popular science-fiction magazine that enjoyed a long run, from October 1950 until July 1980. It was revived in 1994, but lasted only a year.
One of the genre's leading magazines almost from its inception, Galaxy's influence (and quality) waned after Frederick Pohl resigned the editorship in 1969. Nevertheless, it published a number of seminal and early works by important writers in the field, including the short story that later formed the basis for Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
According to Mike Ashley, Galaxy's success 'was the primary factor that led to the science-fiction boom years of 1952-54' (Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970, Liverpool University Press, 2005, p.33).
Galaxy also released two series of companion novels. The first, Galaxy Science Fiction Novels, ran between 1950 and 1959, to a total of thirty-five volumes: the first seven were released by World Editions, the final twenty-eight by Galaxy Publishing Corporation. Sold to Beacon Books in 1959, the series continued with new, 'suggestive' titles, in keeping with Beacon's specialisation in soft-core pornography. The second series, Galaxy Megabooks, ran between 1963 and 1964, to a total of only three volumes, each two short novels by a single author published in a single volume.