Someone (and I can't be arsed to find out who), said that the Golden Age of SF was when you were fourteen. This may well be true - I probably enjoyed more of the SF I consumed when I was fourteen than I ever have since, but this may simply be due to becoming increasingly discriminating with age. It may also turn out to have something to do with the fact that the TV shows which started when I was fourteen (X-Files, Babylon 5) eventually turned into such dross.
See also <http://www.ninthstreetcenter.org/SF13.htm>.
More generally the Golden Age in SF in usually used to signify the 1940s-50s, the good ol'days when the FBI raided SF magazine offices and people could still believe there were aliens on Mars. The Golden Age of Russian SF falls a bit later. British SF never had a Golden Age, because the British Empire has been in decline since 1206, a process which has been the largest single influence on all British SF writers. The decline of the British Empire can itself be attributed to Britain's shabby treatment of the Jews, post-WWII?. According to Jack Chick, anyway.
A book called the Golden Age of SF here: <http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/books/t0/t11.htm>
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