Asimov's Science Fiction

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Asimov's Science Fiction
Cover for an issue of Asimov's Science Fiction
Cover for an issue of Asimov's Science Fiction
Editor Sheila Williams
Categories Science Fiction
Frequency Ten times a year
Circulation 22,593
Publisher Penny Publications
Year founded 1977
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 1065-2698
OCLC number 26559528
Not to be confused with Asimov on Science Fiction.

Asimov's Science Fiction (ISSN 1065-2698) is an American science fiction magazine which publishes science fiction and fantasy and perpetuates the name of author and biochemist Isaac Asimov. It is currently published by Penny Publications 10 times a year, with double issues in April/May and October/November.[1]

Circulation in 2012 was 22,593, as reported in the annual Locus magazine survey.[2]

History[edit]

Asimov's Science Fiction began life as the digest-sized Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (or IASFM for short) in 1977. Joel Davis of Davis Publications approached Asimov to lend his name to a new science fiction magazine, after the fashion of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Asimov refused to act as editor, but served instead as editorial director, writing editorials and replying to reader mail until his death in 1992. At Asimov's request Lt. Col. George Scithers (AUS Ret.), the first editor, negotiated an acquisitions contract with the Science Fiction Writers of America providing considerable better terms for writers than had been the periodical standard up to that time.

Initially a quarterly, its first issue was dated Spring 1977. It changed to a bimonthly in 1978 and began publishing monthly in 1979. In the mid-1980s it was published once every four weeks, with an extra "mid-December" issue. Double issues were added in the early 1990s before the schedule was scaled back to the present 10 issues per year.

The magazine was sold to Bantam Doubleday Dell in January 1992, a few months before Asimov's death, and the title changed to Asimov's Science Fiction. In 1996, Dell Magazines was acquired from BDD by Crosstown Publications, and as of 2012 is part of Penny Publications which is under the same ownership as Crosstown Publications has been, with headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut and uses a combined Customer Service labelled Penny Press/Dell Magazines.[3] In 1998, the magazine's size changed; it is now taller and slightly wider than the standard digest format (matching other magazines published by its newest corporate parent).

Asimov's Science Fiction celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2007, with an anthology edited by the magazine's current editor, Sheila Williams. Drawing on stories published from 1977 to the present day, it was published by Tachyon Publications.

Martin Gardner wrote a regular column of "puzzle tales" for the magazine from 1977 to 1986. He produced 111 columns in all, many later published in book form.

Editors[edit]

Scithers was an editor whose taste in science fiction was similar to Asimov's, favoring traditional stories with a strong hero in a future setting. His successors made the magazine more "literary", until under Dozois it became the most influential magazine in the field since H. L. Gold's Galaxy Science Fiction.[citation needed] Many of the stories he published were set on Earth in the present day or near future, with ordinary people as protagonists.

Scithers left the magazine after five years, winning two Hugo awards as best editor, and was succeeded by Shawna McCarthy. McCarthy held the position for three years, winning one Hugo award. Gardner Dozois edited the magazine from 1985 to 2004, winning 15 Hugo awards, before stepping down and becoming its contributing editor. Sheila Williams is the current editor and won the Hugo Awards for Best Short Form Editor in 2011.[4]

Authors published in Asimov's Science Fiction[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home". Penny Publications. 
  2. ^ Locus, February 2012 issue.
  3. ^ "Contact Customer Service". Penny Publications. 
  4. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: Hugo Nominees List". Locusmag.com. 

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