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Cover for an issue of Asimov's Science Fiction.
Cover for an issue of Asimov's Science Fiction.

Asimov's Science Fiction (ISSN 1065-2698) is an American magazine which publishes science fiction and fantasy and perpetuates the name of author and biochemist Isaac Asimov. It is currently published by Dell Magazines 10 times a year, with double issues in April/May and October/November. Image File history File links IASFM.jpg Summary http://www. ... Image File history File links IASFM.jpg Summary http://www. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... Isaac Asimov, photographed by Jay Kay Klein Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. ... Dell Magazines is a company founded by George T. Delacorte Jr. ...


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. Digest size is a standard magazine size, smaller than a conventional bedsheet size magazine but larger than a standard paperback book, approximately 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. ... Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine is a monthly fiction digest magazine specializing in crime fiction, particularly detective fiction. ... Alfred Hitchcocks Mystery Magazine is a monthly fiction digest magazine specializing in crime and detective fiction. ...


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. Its parent company, Dell Magazines, has changed hands several times since then. 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). Doubleday is one of the largest book publishing companies in the world. ...


The magazine briefly became a figure of controversy in February 2004 when WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan ran a story alleging that it was an "adult" magazine being targeted towards children. A mother had purchased a subscription for her 13-year old daughter via a school fundraiser and, after looking through it, decided that the content was overtly sexual. The event became a minor cause celebre among many Internet sf fans. It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... WOOD-TV is the NBC affiliate for West Michigan (the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan television market). ... Nickname: Furniture City Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Cause c bre is a French phrase, literally meaning famous case, referring to events, frequently famous legal cases, that attract public attention and controversy. ...


Editors

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. Many of the stories he published were set on Earth in the present day or near future, with ordinary people as protagonists. George H. Scithers (born 1929) is a science fiction author and editor. ... Shawna McCarthy (born 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy editor. ... Front cover of Michael Swanwicks book-length interview with Dozois, Being Gardner Dozois. ... Sheila Williams is the current editor of Asimovs. ... Horace Leonard Gold (April 26, 1914 - February 21, 1996) was a science fiction writer and editor. ... NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light years in diameter and approximately 60 million light years distant. ...


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 two 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. The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... Shawna McCarthy (born 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy editor. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... Front cover of Michael Swanwicks book-length interview with Dozois, Being Gardner Dozois. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... Sheila Williams is the current editor of Asimovs. ...


External links

  • Asimov's Science Fiction (official web site)
  • A Brief History of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
  • Wood TV 8 report
  • Response to News 8 (from the magazine)

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