Daniel F. Galouye

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Daniel Francis Galouye
Born Daniel Francis Galouye
(1920-02-11)11 February 1920
New Orleans
Died 7 September 1976(1976-09-07) (aged 56)
New Orleans
Pen name Louis G. Daniels
Occupation writer
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Notable works Dark Universe
Lords of the Psychon
A Scourge of Screamers
Spouse Carmel Barbara Jordan

Daniel Francis Galouye (11 February 1920 7 September 1976) was an American science fiction writer. During the 1950s and 1960s, he contributed novelettes and short stories to various digest size science fiction magazines, sometimes writing under the pseudonym Louis G. Daniels.


Born in New Orleans, Galouye (pronounced Gah-lou-ey [1] ) graduated from Louisiana State University (B.A.) and then worked as a reporter for several newspapers. During World War II, he served in the US Navy as an instructor and test pilot, receiving injuries that led to later health problems. On December 26, 1945, he married Carmel Barbara Jordan. From the 1940s until his retirement in 1967, he was on the staff of The States-Item . He lived in New Orleans but also had a summer home across Lake Ponchartrain at St. Tammany Parish in Covington, Louisiana.

Novels and stories

Galouye's novella "Tonight the Sky Will Fall!" was the cover story for the May 1952 issue of Imagination
Galouye's novella "The Fist of Shiva" took the cover of the May 1953 issue of Imagination
Galouye's novella "Secret of the Immortals" was the cover story for the April 1954 issue of Imagination
Galouye's novella "Phantom World" was cover-featured on the August 1954 issue of Imagination
Galouye's novella "The Day the Sun Died" was the cover story for the December 1955 issue of Imagination
Galouye's novelette "Project Barrier" was the cover story for the January 1958 issue of Fantastic Universe
Galouye's novelette "The Big Blow-Up" was cover-featured on the March 1961 issue of Fantastic

Galouye's first published fiction, the novelette Rebirth, appeared in the March 1952 issue of Imagination . His work appeared in many magazines during this era including Galaxy Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction . Between 1961 and 1973, Galouye wrote five novels, notably Simulacron Three , basis of the movie The Thirteenth Floor (1999) and the German TV miniseries, Welt am Draht (1973) (directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder). His first novel, Dark Universe (1961) was nominated for a Hugo.

According to his obituary in the New Orleans States-Item , Galouye...

... was a Navy pilot during WWII from 1942 to 1946. He graduated from Pensacola Naval Air School, held the rank of lieutenant and was for a time during his service years in charge of a training school in Hawaii for Navy airmen. Immediately after release from the Navy, he began his career with The States-Item as a reporter, then as a copy editor and joined the editorial department in 1956. He later was named associate editor of that department, retiring in 1967. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Carmel Barbara Jordan Galouye; two daughters, Mrs. Gerald Johan Zomerdijk of Zaandam, the Netherlands, and Mrs. Joseph Edward Ingraham of Covington; and five grandchildren. [2]

His retirement was due to failing health, which was in turn related to injuries sustained during his Navy service. His health continued to decline until his early death at age 56. He died in New Orleans' Veteran's Hospital and is interred at Covington Cemetery #1 in Covington. [3]

Richard Dawkins, the British atheist and zoologist, regards Galouye as one of his favorite fiction writers. [4]


In 2007, Galouye was the recipient of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, which is co-sponsored by the heirs of Paul Linebarger (who wrote as Cordwainer Smith) and Readercon. The jury for this award recognizes a deceased genre writer whose work should be "rediscovered" by the readers of today, and that newly rediscovered writer is a deceased guest of honor at the following year's Readercon. Galouye was named 6 July 2007 by Barry N. Malzberg and Gordon Van Gelder, speaking on behalf of themselves and the other two judges, Martin H. Greenberg and Mike Resnick.




Short fiction


  1. Davis, Hank (2016). Things from Other Space. New York, NY: Baen Books. p. 297. ISBN   978-1-4767-8166-2.
  2. Dufour, Pie. "D. F. Galouye, ex-S-I editor, is dead at 56," New Orleans States-Item, September 18, 1976. Archived June 30, 2012, at Archive.is
  3. Willick, George C. Spacelight: Daniel Galouye. Archived 2008-07-25 at the Wayback Machine .
  4. BBC Radio 4 - Open Book