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Jakobsson, Ejler

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Editor.

(1911-1984) Finnish-born editor, in the USA from 1926. He became a Pulp-magazine author in the 1930s and joined the staff of one of the pulp chains, Popular Publications, in 1943. He briefly had responsibility for Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories, but both magazines were already in the process of closing down due to paper shortages and Frederik Pohl's departure. Jakobsson remained with the company and became editor on its revival in 1949 of Super Science Stories, a position he retained until the magazine again (and finally) ceased publication in 1951; Damon Knight was his assistant for part of this period. Jakobsson returned to SF-Magazine editing in 1969, when he took over the editorship of Galaxy Science Fiction and If – again in succession to Pohl. With the assistance of Judy-Lynn del Rey and Lester del Rey, he attempted to make the magazine more contemporary and trendy, with mixed results, though Robert Silverberg praised his work. He was succeeded as editor by Jim Baen in mid-1974. During Jakobsson's editorship the following anthologies were published (his name did not appear on their title pages): The Best from Galaxy Vol I (anth 1972) edited by The Editors of Galaxy Magazine; The Best from If (anth 1973) edited anonymously; The Best from Galaxy Vol II (anth 1974) edited by The Editors of Galaxy Magazine; and The Best from If Vol II (anth 1974) edited by The Editors of If Magazine. [MJE]

Ejler Gunnar Jakobsson

born Finland: 6 December 1911

died Pleasantville, New York: October 1984

works as editor


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