Astounding Science Fiction changed its name to Analog Science Fact–Fiction with the October 1962 issue. Periodically at a Yahoo Group that I belong, someone will mention how badly Analog deteriorated in the 1960s from it former glory in the 1940s.
John W. Campbell as editor of Astounding Stories (later Astounding Science Fiction) starting in 1937 took a magazine already the leader in the field and implemented changes to what is called the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
Any golden age has a limited time, with magazines generally around five years. The freshness goes out and things become routine or even stale. Astounding managed to maintain a level of quality over the decades. Yes, the 1960s did not have the explosion of new talent of the late 1930s-early 1940s that included Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, Lester del Rey, L. Sprague de Camp, Theodore Sturgeon, Clifford Simak, Isaac Asimov etc. The new ideas are going to run out.
Dune ran as “Dune World” in Analog from December 1963-February 1964 and “Prophet of Dune” (January-May 1965). Possibly the greatest science fiction novel of the last 60 years was in Analog.
Let’s take a look at other novels that originally ran in Analog:
Deathworld Harry Harrison 1960
Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison 1961
The Ethical Engineer Harry Harrison 1963
The Horse Barbarians Harry Harrison 1963
The Technicolor Time Machine Harry Harrison 1967
In Our Hands, the Stars Harry Harrison 1970
Space Viking H. Beam Piper 1962
Gunpowder God H. Beam Piper 1964
Down Styphon! H. Beam Piper 1965
(Combined as Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen)
The High Crusade Poul Anderson 1960
Satan’s World Poul Anderson 1968
The Earth War Mack Reynolds 1963
Time Gladiator Mack Reynolds 1964
Amazon Planet Mack Reynolds 1966
Space Pioneer Mack Reynolds 1966
Dragonrider Anne McCaffrey 1967
Too Many Magicians Randall Garrett 1966
Wolfling Gordon R. Dickson 1969
The Yngling John Dalmas 1969
Gordon R. Dickson’s “Dorsai” ran as a three part serial in 1959, the novelette “Warrior” in 1965, and “Tactics of Mistake” in 1970-71 as four part serial.
In addition to the novels, there were important series: Randall Garrett’s “Lord Darcy” series, Murray Leinster’s “Med” series, Poul Anderson’s “van Rijn/David Falkayn,” James H. Schmitz’s “Telzy Amberdon,” Christopher Anvil’s “Federation of Humanity.”
Analog was producing thinking man’s adventure science fiction. Those who were reading Planet Stories in the early 1950s were hopefully reading better-written stories in Analog in the 1960s but still getting their science fiction adventure fix.
I love H. Beam Piper. Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen is a favorite alternate universe story. John Dalmas’ The Yngling is my favorite post-apocalyptic barbarism story. Poul Anderson was writing of the Polesotechnic League in Analog while he was writing stories of Dominic Flandry for Amazing Stories and Fantastic Stories of Imagination.
Gordon R. Dickson laid the foundations of modern military science fiction with his Dorsai stories.
You have the dragonriders of Pern and the sandworms of Dune both in the pages of Analog!
Were there some clunker stories in the issues of Analog? Probably, show me a magazine that does not have some duds as filler.
Over the years, I read a fair number of the novels and series collections listed. It is time lay the myth of the bad John W. Campbell and Analog magazine of the 1960s to rest.