Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Interview with Galaxy Press President John Goodwin

Many of you know of Galaxy Press, famed publisher of all things L. Ron Hubbard. Those of you around from the beginning will remember a review of one of the new books featured in their Stories from the Golden Age line up, If I Were You. As L. Ron Hubbard is no longer around to interview for this site, Luke Reviews proudly presents a short interview with President of Galaxy Press, John Goodwin.

John, thank you for the interview!

You guys are approaching the 25th volume of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, that is excellent! A quarter of a century is quite a feat for an annual anthology series like that. Congratulations! Can you give us any hints on what we have to look forward to with this next volume?

We just held our 25th anniversary event. You can see find out what happened at http://www.writersofthefuture.com/ where the blog will list a day by day photo gallery of the workshop leading up to the event. The homepage also has the release video graphic on volume 25.

Galaxy Press is currently releasing all of L. Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction works, in a series of 80 volumes entitled Stories From the Golden Age. What was the drive behind releasing all of these works again, and in this format?

We found an increasing interest in that time period – Hollywood has already known the value of these stories. You can review all the top money makers and perhaps with the exception of Titanic, they were either directly from, or had their roots in, pulp fiction.

After this series finishes, what is next for Galaxy Press?

We have also prepared his 20+ novels also written during that time period along with Mission Earth and Battlefield Earth in the 80s to start re-releasing with modern packaging starting in 2010. The release schedule will be modified against any movie interests that may be generated as we roll with our current campaign.

I'm sure you've been asked this before, but as the key publisher of L. Ron Hubbard's fiction, which of his works is your favorite, and why?

I’ve taken a particular interest to his Westerns. A bit of a surprise, I must admit. The females are usually very strong characters and the good guy, although with a few smudges on his otherwise white hat, is able to rise to the occasion and win out in the end – regardless how many times he is beat up and shot.

Eventually, you will have put back in print all of the works of L. Ron Hubbard. Besides continuing L. Ron Hubbard's Writer's of the Future, what will be the long term future of Galaxy Press?

Well this will keep me going for 10 years or so. Plus we have 15 languages in the long term strategy.

Thank you once again for your time, John, and I can't wait to see what you have coming up next!

Sure thing. Sorry to take so long to answer.

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