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The Show That Went Wrong, AKA review of Galaxy science fiction magazine (episode 13)

We had some serious technical issues with this episode, so what you're about to hear is a bit of a patchwork, with variable technical quality and some parts we had to re-record. However, we think the information content makes it a good listen...   In this latest episode of Science Fiction 101 , we travel back in time to review the Christmas 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine.   Galaxy was the magazine which led the science fiction field in the 1950s, bringing to the genre a greater concern for humanist themes, sociology, psychology and social satire. Among its successes were the first publication of Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman" (soon expanded into Fahrenheit 451 ) and the first appearance of Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man . We review the December 1951 issue from cover to cover - we even review the book reviews and the ads!   If you want to read along with us, you can find the whole issue online at the Internet Archive , here .  The stories we revie
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Previously on Science Fiction 101...

Science Fiction 101 is the audio podcast series where two fans of the genre discuss their favourite books, films and stories: Colin is particularly fascinated by adapted science fiction, and Phil is hooked on Bradbury and other great writers of SF past and present. Each episode sees our intrepid hosts grappling with a big theme, and then offering up suggestions of great past, present and future sci-fi. Are you up to date with the show? Here are direct links to all the episodes so far. And there are more to come. Don't forget that the best way to never miss an episode is to subscribe using a podcast app. At the bottom of this page, you'll find a list of all the podcast places that carry our show. Take your pick, and subscribe! Episode 1 - It's Alive! Episode 2 - It's About Time Episode 3 - Gimme Some Space Episode 4 - This is an Ex-Podcast Episode 5 - Full of Grace Episode 6 - Quizzer's Revenge Episode 7 - We Goes There Episode 8 - It's Not The End Of The World E

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