(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 received a special Hugo in 1962 for editing Amazing and Fantastic. She married in 1964, becoming Cele G Lalli. After the parent firm Ziff-Davis sold the sf magazines she had edited so successfully, she was promoted to Modern Bride, retiring as editor-in-chief in 1998. [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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