(1933-2002) US editor of SF Magazines who in 1956-1958 was assistant editor and then managing editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic under Paul W Fairman, becoming editor of both in December 1958; she held this position until June 1965, when the magazines were sold and ceased for a time to publish original stories. Under her editorship the quality of both improved markedly; she was prepared to encourage experiment and was particularly sensitive to new writers. Among the authors whose first published stories appeared in her magazines were Thomas M Disch, Roger Zelazny and Ursula K Le Guin; the latter said of Goldsmith, in The Wind's Twelve Quarters (coll 1975), that she was "as enterprising and perceptive an editor as the science fiction magazines ever had". Goldsmith married in 1964, becoming Cele G Lalli. She received a special Hugo in 1962 for editing Amazing and Fantastic. [MJE]
see also: Women SF Writers; Ziff-Davis.
Cele Goldsmith Lalli [her married name]
born Scranton, Pennsylvania: 8 April 1933
died Newtown, Connecticut: 14 January 2002 [car accident]
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