S-F Magazine

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S-F Magazine
Hayakawa cover.jpg
1968 December issue
CategoriesFantasy, science fiction
FounderMasami Fukushima
Year founded1959
First issueFebruary 1960; 61 years ago (1960-02)
CompanyHayakawa Shobō
Based inTokyo
WebsiteOfficial site

S-F Magazine (S-Fマガジン, Esu-Efu Magajin) is a science fiction magazine published by Hayakawa Shobō in Japan.[1] It was Japan’s first successful science fiction prozine.


Illustration for Hayakawa's S-F Magazine by Hidenori Watanave.

S-F Magazine was established in 1960.[1] It began publication with the February 1960 issue, which appeared in bookshops in December 1959.[2] The magazine was established by Masami Fukushima.[3] It was also first edited by him. He was the editor for nearly a decade, being succeeded by Masaru Mori in 1969. At first the magazine published translations of English language science fiction stories. Later the magazine began publishing original fiction by Japanese authors.

S-F Magazine was published on a monthly basis.[1] It became a bimonthly publication from the April 2015 issue.


S-F Magazine has conducted Hayakawa's S-F Magazine Reader's Award (SFマガジン読者賞, Esuefu Magajin Dokusha Shō) where the magazine’s readers vote annually for best foreign short story, best Japanese short story and best illustrator from their issues in the previous year since 1989.

It also held Hayakawa SF Contest (ハヤカワ・SFコンテスト, Hayakawa Esuefu Kontesuto) during 1962-1992 and resumed in 2013, a prize for unpublished works to recruit new writers.

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  1. ^ a b c Robert Matthew (2 September 2003). Japanese Science Fiction: A View of a Changing Society. Routledge. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-134-98360-5. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ Michael Ashley (2007). Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980. Liverpool University Press. p. 420. ISBN 978-1-84631-003-4. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ David Seed (9 June 2008). A Companion to Science Fiction. John Wiley & Sons. p. 328. ISBN 978-0-470-79701-3. Retrieved 16 September 2016.