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Vintage SciFi Magazine 'Galaxy' Preserved Online - And Hopefully Also SoundCloud ( 52

Long-time Slashdot reader Paul Fernhout writes: has made available 355 issues of Galaxy Magazine for free access. Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980 with stories from many sci-fi greats [including Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, and Robert Heinlein]. At its peak, Galaxy greatly influenced the science fiction field. See also Open Culture and The Verge for more about the history of a magazine that help shape the imaginations of a generation of techies..
Meanwhile,'s Jason Scott -- who also founded -- says his own group of preservationists "plans large scale backing up of Soundcloud soon" -- or at least part of it. A placeholder page already informs visitors that "We are currently working on getting all the API data... We also are writing the scripts to get a good grab of everything we can." Scott told Motherboard Saturday "Our main concern is artists and creators suddenly finding their stuff gone, and making it so it's not in oblivion."
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Vintage SciFi Magazine 'Galaxy' Preserved Online - And Hopefully Also SoundCloud

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  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @11:27AM (#54819685)

    I do suppose they got permission from all the copyright holders, including the notoriously litigious ones?

    • by caseih ( 160668 )

      The magazine's first couple of pages state that the copyright is owned by Galaxy Publishing Corporation. There's no mention of individual author's copyright. It's quite likely that if the authors did not sell their entire copyright to the magazine, they likely signed to allow galaxy the right to publish their work how they see fit, which is pretty standard for publishing articles in magazines. So there's no need to get permission from the individual authors.

      Presumably either the magazine's own copyright has

    • Does it make any difference since soundcloud only has enough money to last another 80 days [] or 50 days [] depending who you listen to?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, 2017 @11:33AM (#54819711)

    See subject: I had 100's of these (actually my Father did, he's read more varied material than anyone I've ever met) & this is all that remains of them. We'd pick them up for 25 cents each @ a used bookstore nearby. I know this for a fact, as the sticker is STILL on the issue (yellowed w/ age).

    Periodicals like this one, alongside comic books (which were 1st for me when I was ~ 6 yrs. old or so) helped me build up a decent enough vocabulary to score 790 on my SAT verbal.

    My dad was a smart guy who knew reading was a good thing to get into for kids & early.

    (Due to collegiate academia mostly though, I 'graduated' into mostly TECHNICAL reading though from then on & never went back to "leisure reading" for enjoyment though - it is only "made up stuff" granted, but it builds a foundation to build upon imo).

    The trick I suppose was getting me material I would keep on doing. They worked.


    P.S.=> I never REALLY 'regretted' the hours spent on reading these & others like them (though I do wish I'd had more 'drive' to dive into more "useful material" that's practical for living though back then - but imo, it can be as DRY AS TOAST & not as "fun" as sci-fi was - I'd probably never have stuck by it were it the other way around especially considering I was only a young boy)... apk

  • by fnj ( 64210 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @12:30PM (#54819937)

    I wish there was an archive of Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, formerly Astounding. That one always seemed liked the thinking man's reader to me. The golden age for me was the 1950s through 1960s into the 1970s.

    Murray Leinster, Christopher Anvil, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Keith Laumer ... those were the days.

    • Your wish is my command. Ok, it was someone's command. Here: []. Far from every issue, I'm afraid, but I'm still working my way through after discovering this some years ago.

  • by pjt33 ( 739471 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @12:34PM (#54819953)

    I'm not sure that this is news - I downloaded the first year or so of Galaxy from last November. The irritating thing is that the URLs don't follow a consistent pattern, so I couldn't just curl them to catch up with at my leisure.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by fnj ( 64210 ) became hipsterized in terms of site design some time ago. It used to be very elegantly laid out and you used to be able to actually find things. Bunch of tasteless infants.

Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.