Galactic Journey: Interview with a Time Traveler

Galactic Journey: Interview with a Time Traveler (1963 edition)

Blast back to February 1963, three years before the Five Year Mission, nine months before the blue Police Box, when the Fantastic Four were on issue eleven -- that "Mad Men" time that set the stage for everything that came after. 

Hugo Nominee-Runner up and Serling Award-winning Galactic Journey, portal to 55 years ago, presents a window on sci-fi and the Space Race, comics and pop culture, in that fascinating, tumultuous era of change. Visit to see what we're all about -- we are a time-shifted blog living the fan's life, 55 years in the past, day-by-day. This panel is the blog's road show: always new, always different. Completely free of charge.

You probably remember Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke...but how about Zenna Henderson? Robert Sheckley? Cordwainer Smith? Katherine MacClean? There's far more to the Silver Age of written science fiction than Stranger in a Strange Land. We spotlight these lesser-known heroes.

Or maybe you're a fan of The Doctor (all thirteen!) or perhaps the Captain(s) of the Enterprise. They didn't just spring out of nowhere -- they were the crest of a wave of science fiction and cultural tradition that had gone on decades before them. We cover that, too!

Come to Mysterious Galaxy for a most unique engagement: a question-driven panel presented by a host of entertaining time travelers. YOU, the audience, determine the course of the event as they take you on a literary tour of the early 60s. Prizes will be given out for the best questions: See if YOU can stump the Traveler team!

Now YOU can experience the dawn of SF's modern era. If you're one of the old-time fen, then this is your chance to relive the WorldCons of yore. And if you're a newcomer, then get ready for your first time-jump!

So don your skinny tie and/or cocktail dress, strap your slide-rule to your belt, and come see the event that has electrified congoers across the Western United States! 

Come Join the Galactic Journey at Mysterious Galaxy!


Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave.
Ste. #100
San Diego, CA 92111

A survey of 100 years of science fiction, with representative stories and illuminating essays by the top writers, poets, and scholars, from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Samuel Butler to Robert A. Heinlein and and Jack Vance, from E.E. "Doc" Smith and Clifford D. Simak to Ted Chiang and Charles Stross-- and everyone in between. More than one million words of classic fiction and essays!

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ISBN: 9781618246486
Availability: Available Now
Published: Baen Publishing Enterprises - February 29th, 2008


An orphan, Blake Walker has never really known who he was, and his strange flashes of intuition have always set him apart from those who raised him and everyone else he has known. Acting on one of those flashes, he prevented a murder. But neither the assailant nor his intended victim were from the world Walker had always known—he had stumbled onto the greatest secret of the ages.

Our Earth is only one of an infinite number of Earths, each with a slightly different history from the others, each separated from the others in a crosstime dimension. Walker was drafted into a frantic search for a madman from an advanced Earth who desires to be an absolute ruler of men. The would-be tyrant has chosen our Earth as the place where his reign will begin.

And, if the powerful technology he controls does not give him complete control of the planet, he will not hesitate to destroy it utterly. . . .

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ISBN: 9780312367541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

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ISBN: 9780547572482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - January 24th, 2012

"The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick's career." --New York Times

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war--and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

Winner of the Hugo Award.

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ISBN: 9780441783588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace Books - March 10th, 1997

In Robert A. Heinlein's controversial bestseller, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle against mankind's most alarming enemy.


The historians can't seem to settle whether to call this one "The Third Space War" (or the fourth), or whether "The First Interstellar War" fits it better. The soldiers just call it "The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were "incidents," "patrols," or "police actions."


In the Mobile Infantry, everybody fights. But you're just as dead if you buy the farm in an "incident" as you are if you buy it in a declared war...

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ISBN: 9780060892999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Voyager - May 9th, 2006

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

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By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780871403629
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 20th, 2013

n the novel that catapulted him to international acclaim upon its publication in 1962, J.G. Ballard's mesmerizing and ferociously prescient The Drowned World imagines a terrifying future in which solar radiation and global warming has melted the ice caps, and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London. Set during the year 2145, the novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kerans and his team of scientists as they confront a surreal cityscape populated by giant iguanas, albino alligators, and endless swarms of malarial insects. Nature has swallowed all but a few remnants of human civilization, and slowly, Kearns and his companions are transformed--both physically and psychologically--by this prehistoric environment. The Drowned World is both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind.

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