Daniel F. Galouye

A Great SF Writer Who Had Been Constantly Underestimated

Being asked about the late Daniel F. Galouye recently, I did some research on the Web. I was surprised how little information I found, thus decided to put up some information myself.

            Heribert E. Severing

Daniel Francis Galouye was born in New Orleans,Louisiana, in 1920. He did studies at Louisiana State University (B.A.), became a test pilot during WW II. Later he was one of the first rocket-plane pilots.

In post-war days he worked as a reporter for newspapers. In 1951 Galouye published his first novelette Rebirth in William L. Hamling's Imagination, a magazine famous for its intergalactic-set space operas. The following novelettes and stories appeared in Imagination, Galaxy, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. In 1967 his career as a reporter came to an end due to war injuries that had worsened. He became the editor of the local pages.

Often the protagonists in Galouye's works do not know what's happening around them, in spite of their emerging secret powers, which they have to learn to handle and bring to craftmanship. In many ways the plots seem to bear certain similarities to the works of A. E. van Vogt.

Maybe his best novel is Counterfeit World (aka Simulachron-3), that has been turned into a magnificent television mini serial by the famous German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Galouye died in 1976.

Important publications

Dark Universe (1961)
Lords of the Psychon (1963)
Counterfeit World (aka Simulachron-3) (1964)  at the time being only available as an e-book (Adobe Reader)
The Last Leap (short-story collection) (1964)
A Scourge of Screamers (aka The Lost Perception) (1966)
Project Barrier (short-story collection) (1968)
The Infinite Man (1973)

Selected magazine publications

The 13th Floor is a motion picture, based upon the novel Simulacron-3, produced by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. Director Josef Rusnak. The film is starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent D'Onofrio, Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, and Bob Clendenin.

The release date was May 28, 1999. Meanwhile it's been on TV, it's for sale on DVD.

(box-office charts)

Note: Counterfeit World (aka Simulachron-3) is available in English at the time being only as an e-book.


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