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Shift7
05/27/2020

Shift7

Alongside now Saturday's planned launch by SpaceX / NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, here is an editorial shift7's co-founder Susan Alzner co-wrote with Astronaut Cady Coleman, "Will NASA's Next Generation Space Suit Fit You?" - published in the current issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine --> https://www.asimovs.com/current-issue/editorial/
shift7 CEO Megan Smith also contributed

Cady was part of ABC News & National Geographic Live program for the launch countdown... which will last a few more days now!

#LaunchAmerica

“After the beanstalk was cut down/And the giant buried/The huge stump could not grow/But shoots kept coming up/In the fe...
05/26/2020

“After the beanstalk was cut down/And the giant buried/The huge stump could not grow/But shoots kept coming up/In the fertile ground.” Explore “The Riches of the Cloud Country” with Ruth Berman’s hopeful poem in our current issue, available ASAP digitally! http://ow.ly/OSfS50zQbBQ

“I didn’t know that was science fiction, either, but whatever it was, I wanted more of it.” Robert Silverberg's newest "...
05/22/2020

“I didn’t know that was science fiction, either, but whatever it was, I wanted more of it.” Robert Silverberg's newest "Reflections" revisits the books that made him an SF fan. Time travel with him at http://ow.ly/lDyh50zHe1G or by buying our digital issue! http://ow.ly/RVYs50zHe1D

05/20/2020
Pax Mongolica by Evan Marcroft

The talented Evan Marcroft reads his imaginative tale "Pax Mongolica" for the May/June podcast! Give it a listen FREE here: http://ow.ly/cZud50zLT1c

In this May/June installment of our podcast, we have a fascinating alternate history where gods are very much real and being held captive in zoos. Please enjoy Evan Marcroft’s “Pax Mongolica,” read by the author himself.

James Patrick Kelly’s “On the Net: Two Dooms” traces the history—and possible (even possibly hopeful) futures—of dual th...
05/20/2020

James Patrick Kelly’s “On the Net: Two Dooms” traces the history—and possible (even possibly hopeful) futures—of dual threats facing the Earth. Read it at http://ow.ly/4sRL50zFkcz or in our digital issue http://ow.ly/VHDq50zFkcA!

Join a pair of time travelers for their literary-world-rocking scheme in Ian Watson's delightful “Brave New World by Osc...
05/18/2020

Join a pair of time travelers for their literary-world-rocking scheme in Ian Watson's delightful “Brave New World by Oscar Wilde,” available ASAP in our digital issue! http://ow.ly/Hnmo50zFcp6

Selling your app data for a living, Alma knows intimately the benefits of paranoia. Still, she has some things to learn ...
05/16/2020

Selling your app data for a living, Alma knows intimately the benefits of paranoia. Still, she has some things to learn about who—or what—not to trust. Learn more alongside her in Dominica Phetteplace's sharp story, “Digital Witness," available immediately in our digital issue. http://ow.ly/uoZJ50zFarb

May 1984, #FBF to this star-studded cover featuring Jane Yolen, Isaac himself, John Varley & Carl Sagan.
05/15/2020

May 1984, #FBF to this star-studded cover featuring Jane Yolen, Isaac himself, John Varley & Carl Sagan.

Fly with newly-a-cyborg Imani over mental maps of environmental data and dreams of California’s restored waters in Alice...
05/14/2020

Fly with newly-a-cyborg Imani over mental maps of environmental data and dreams of California’s restored waters in Alice Towey’s lush “The River,” available ASAP if you buy our digital issue! http://ow.ly/tZTk50zF7vg

Peek into the the minds behind "Ithaca" on our blog, where today's post is a fascinating conversation between Brad Aiken...
05/13/2020
Rick Wilber and Brad Aiken on “Ithaca,” Writing, Collaborating, Playing Baseball, and Being a Psychiatrist

Peek into the the minds behind "Ithaca" on our blog, where today's post is a fascinating conversation between Brad Aiken & Rick Wilber—and don't forget to read their collaborative story, on sale now:
http://ow.ly/VAue50zFnb1

“Ithaca” [in our May/June issue, on sale now] combines Brad Aiken and Rick Wilber’s interests in baseball and medical technology. Below, the coauthors discuss their interest in th…

The fascinating & talented Ian R. MacLeod visits out blog with a post on his superlative tale "The Mrs. Innocents" out n...
05/06/2020
Lies, Damn Lies, and Stories About Stories: About Writing “The Mrs. Innocents”

The fascinating & talented Ian R. MacLeod visits out blog with a post on his superlative tale "The Mrs. Innocents" out now in our current issue. This story will keep you guessing 'til the end! https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/05/06/lies-damn-lies-and-stories-about-stories-about-writing-the-mrs-innocents/

by Ian R Macleod For me, it generally seems that the genesis of a story arrives from several places and sources over a period of time, even if there are often moments when things suddenly appear to…

#FBF to May 1986 with a killer lineup!
05/01/2020

#FBF to May 1986 with a killer lineup!

Eleanor Arnason brings us another adventure featuring holo-play location scout Lydia Duluth. This story is an adventure ...
04/29/2020
Q&A with Eleanor Arnason

Eleanor Arnason brings us another adventure featuring holo-play location scout Lydia Duluth. This story is an adventure and a half—featuring truly imaginative aliens and a quest for justice. Get to know Eleanor (and Lydia) in our newest Q&A:

http://ow.ly/UV9D50zrMr2

Eleanor Arnason’s character Lydia Duluth returns to Asimov’s pages in her novelette “Tunnels” [in our May June issue, on sale now]. Eleanor took the time to tell us about th…

04/28/2020
National Poetry Month Podcast 2020

Just a couple more days of #NAPOWRIMO2020... have you listened to our curated poetry podcast? Tune in for a stellar mix of voices, style, and tone in our special April podcast: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/asimovs/episodes/2020-04-14T09_28_02-07_00

Happy National Poetry Month! We have a dozen poems here pulled from past and current issues to celebrate our poets this year. Each of these poems is striking in its own way, and I hope you enjoy the many voices and styles to come. First up is “All Saints Day” by Lisa Bellamy, read by Diana Marie...

Our Managing Editor roped the littlest member of her family in for this #dellpulpmags cover recreation challenge! Send u...
04/24/2020

Our Managing Editor roped the littlest member of her family in for this #dellpulpmags cover recreation challenge! Send us YOUR cover recreations! Go here for a plethora of cover options: http://www.luminist.org/archives/SF/ASI.htm

Following @GettyMuseum’s lead, we challenge our readers to replicate cover images from our #dellpulpmags in quarantine. ...
04/23/2020

Following @GettyMuseum’s lead, we challenge our readers to replicate cover images from our #dellpulpmags in quarantine. What at home could be another planet? A murder scene? Check our websites & the four Instagram accounts for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine & Analog Science Fiction & Fact for inspiration!

Tonight! LeVar Burton reads Sarah Pinsker’s Asimov’s story “Songs in the Key of You”!
04/22/2020

Tonight! LeVar Burton reads Sarah Pinsker’s Asimov’s story “Songs in the Key of You”!

SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING READINGS - visit twitter.com/levarburton for the link at the times listed! No Periscope or Twitter account necessary, just look for the livestream link.
Tonight, Friday the 17th, two short shorts by Ken Liu, Author.
Monday, the 20th, HOW TO BE A PIRATE by Isaac Fitzgerald.
Wednesday, the 22nd, SONGS IN THE KEY OF YOU by Sarah Pinsker.

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
04/22/2020

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

A week from today our May/June issue hits newsstands—if you are having trouble getting to or finding us on newsstands at...
04/14/2020

A week from today our May/June issue hits newsstands—if you are having trouble getting to or finding us on newsstands at this time, consider subscribing via our website (https://www.asimovs.com/store/) and then contacting customer service asking to start with this issue. Or subscribe digitally for instant gratification!

Work from David Gerrold & Ctein, Ian R. MacLeod, Dominica Phetteplace, Eleanor Arnason & more!

04/14/2020
National Poetry Month Podcast 2020

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we have a selection of poems for our podcast listeners! Enjoy poems by @JaneYolen @toddedillard @sarapolsky @martinott @ronkoertge Lisa Bellamy @fictionaljosh Holly Day @inkhat Steven Withrow @mareasie & Lora Gray: http://ow.ly/8O9h50zdWS5

Happy National Poetry Month! We have a dozen poems here pulled from past and current issues to celebrate our poets this year. Each of these poems is striking in its own way, and I hope you enjoy the many voices and styles to come. First up is “All Saints Day” by Lisa Bellamy, read by Diana Marie...

#FBF to the last April cover of the '80s by #BobWalters for "The Floating World" with some still current authors listed ...
04/03/2020

#FBF to the last April cover of the '80s by #BobWalters for "The Floating World" with some still current authors listed here, too!

In this issue’s Reflections (http://ow.ly/h5J050z1ccD), Robert Silverberg explores an unusual meaning for “deus ex machi...
04/02/2020

In this issue’s Reflections (http://ow.ly/h5J050z1ccD), Robert Silverberg explores an unusual meaning for “deus ex machina,” asking, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Popes?” Or rather, will humans build them?

Asimov's newcomer Lia Swope Mitchell wrote "Rena in the Desert" WHILE working on her PhD dissertation. If that doesn't p...
04/01/2020
Q&A with Lia Swope Mitchell

Asimov's newcomer Lia Swope Mitchell wrote "Rena in the Desert" WHILE working on her PhD dissertation. If that doesn't properly impress you, read her thoughtful responses to our Q&A here & then pick up our digital issue, which contains her story: https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/04/01/qa-with-lia-swope-mitchell/

Lia Swope Mitchell’s “Rena in the Desert” [in our March/April issue, on sale now] explores the difficulty of transitions, a theme Lia identifies as resonant with both her own life…

03/31/2020
Asimov's Poetry Podcast for National Poetry Month 2019

#TBT National Poetry Month starts tomorrow! We recommend kicking off the celebration early by listening to our 2019 poetry podcast (http://ow.ly/r7oE50yWmzt)!

Enjoy a curated selection of poems from recent Asimov's issues including: "Wobble" read & written by Richard Schiffman, "Room with a View" written by G.O. Clark & read by R.J. Carey, "First Contact" read & written by Stuart Greenhouse, "Crane Wife" written by Jane Yolen & read by Jac...

“For all that it’s good to know the past, the space ahead, the future, wasn’t empty.” Sail away, on a guided tour of spa...
03/29/2020

“For all that it’s good to know the past, the space ahead, the future, wasn’t empty.” Sail away, on a guided tour of space, time, and heartbreak, with Derek Künsken’s hopeful “Tachyon Hearts Cannot Love,” available ASAP if you get our digital issue (http://ow.ly/x9lR50yVM5N)!

Cyberpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk . . . lobsterpunk? Check out this issue’s On the Net (http://ow.ly/adIi50yVKTd) for Jam...
03/27/2020

Cyberpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk . . . lobsterpunk? Check out this issue’s On the Net (http://ow.ly/adIi50yVKTd) for James Patrick Kelly’s link-studded exploration of what’s in a suffix—where the word “punk” originated and what use we might have for it today.

Check out Dell Magazines Award-winner Rona Wang read her story "The Imitation Game": https://fromearthtothestars.com/202...
03/25/2020
The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing – 2020

Check out Dell Magazines Award-winner Rona Wang read her story "The Imitation Game": https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/03/20/the-dell-magazines-award-for-undergraduate-excellence-in-science-fiction-fantasy-writing-2020/

This year’s Dell Magazines presentation was held via Zoom on Saturday, March 21st at 7 p.m. EDT. Enjoy this video of award-winner Rona Wang reading her story “Imitation Game.” &nb…

Nathan Hillstrom's "Opportunity Space" is an imaginative ride with intrigue and alien economics—don't miss it: www.asimo...
03/23/2020

Nathan Hillstrom's "Opportunity Space" is an imaginative ride with intrigue and alien economics—don't miss it: www.asimovs.com/store

"Kova...assisted with blight cleanup before, had transited into new bodies before, but only in controlled volumes—all of it commodity work."

The results of the Dell Magazines Award are in, and ALL will be able to tune in via Zoom for the ceremony and reading! M...
03/20/2020
The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing – 2020

The results of the Dell Magazines Award are in, and ALL will be able to tune in via Zoom for the ceremony and reading! More
here: https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/03/20/the-dell-magazines-award-for-undergraduate-excellence-in-science-fiction-fantasy-writing-2020/

This year’s Dell Magazines presentation will be held via Zoom. Follow the link to join us on Saturday, March 21st at 7 p.m. EDT. RSVP to our Facebook event.   The International Associat…

03/20/2020
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D. Mercurio Rivera's newest tale takes us "Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars" at the troubling consequences of good inte...
03/16/2020

D. Mercurio Rivera's newest tale takes us "Beyond the Tattered Veil of Stars" at the troubling consequences of good intentions.... On sale now in our current issue: www.asimovs.com/store

#FBF to March 1986 with this gorgeous Tanith Lee cover story and tales from William Gibson, John Kessel, Michael Bishop ...
03/13/2020

#FBF to March 1986 with this gorgeous Tanith Lee cover story and tales from William Gibson, John Kessel, Michael Bishop & Ian Watson

#pulpfictionart #sciencefictionart #asimovssciencefictionmagazine

After Harry returns from a hurricane-force lightning storm, Lisa notes "'Haven't you noticed...that hundred-year events ...
03/12/2020

After Harry returns from a hurricane-force lightning storm, Lisa notes "'Haven't you noticed...that hundred-year events are happening all the time?'" Harry & Lisa look for an answer "In Our Stars" in SF veteran James Gunn's new story on sale now: www.asimovs.com/store

Ray Nayler's newest tale "Return to Red Castle" demonstrates that you can never go home again.... Pick up this intriguin...
03/09/2020

Ray Nayler's newest tale "Return to Red Castle" demonstrates that you can never go home again.... Pick up this intriguing story (and many others!) in our current issue: www.asimovs.com/store

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History of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

From its earliest days in 1977 under the editorial direction of Isaac Asimov, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine has maintained the tradition of publishing the best stories, unsurpassed in modern science fiction, from award-winning authors and first-time writers alike. In recent years, Asimov's has placed more stories on the Final Hugo Ballot than all of its competitors combined, and more than twice as many as its closest competitor. Bestselling author Robert Silverberg calls Asimov’s "a truly distinguished magazine, worthy of being set beside such classics of the earlier golden ages as John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction of 1939-42." The Austin Chronicle lauds Asimov's as "the most consistently innovative and readable SF magazine on the newsstands today."

Have you ever wondered where George R. R. Martin’s Daenerys Targaryen first appeared on the printed page? Where Kim Stanly Robinson first staked his claim on “Green Mars”? Who first published Octavia E. Butler’s Hugo and Nebula Award winning short fiction? What magazine was home to the first professional fiction publications of Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, and Allen M. Steele? Well, these and many other significant milestones can all be found in the pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Asimov’s was founded in 1977 by Joel Davis and Isaac Asimov. Then known as Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, it hit the newsstand with the Spring issue as a quarterly publication. The magazine immediately picked up a large number of subscribers and by the next year, it had expanded to a bi-monthly. By 1979, Asimov’s had become a monthly. The magazine is now released ten times a year. The April/May issue is an expanded double anniversary publication and our October/November expanded double issue is a “slightly spooky” edition of the magazine.

Isaac Asimov was the editorial director, but he insisted on hiring excellent personnel to edit the magazine. Asimov’s founding editor, George H. Scithers, had already received the Hugo Award for his fanzine, Amra, when Isaac picked him to run Asimov’s. Both Isaac and George viewed the magazine as a market that would welcome beginning authors alongside well-known professionals. Authors whose careers George launched include Barry B. Longyear and S. P. Somtow. Barry Longyear’s novella, “Enemy Mine” (September 1979), won Hugo and Nebula awards and was made into a movie with Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett, Jr. In addition to publishing award-winning stories, George won two Best Professional Editor Hugos before retiring from the magazine in 1982.

Kathleen Maloney took over as editor in 1982. Although she didn’t stay long, she managed to publish Connie Willis’s Nebula Award winning “A Letter from the Cleary’s” (June 1982) and to take me on as editorial assistant (also June 1982!). Kathleen left the magazine later that year and Asimov’s talented managing editor, Shawna McCarthy, took over the helm.

While remaining a welcoming home for new writers, Shawna’s Asimov’s acquired an edgier and more literary and experimental tone. Shawna published much of Connie Willis’s award-winning work as well as stories by Octavia E. Butler, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lucius Shepard, Karen Joy Fowler, John Varley, Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Esther M. Friesner, James Patrick Kelly, Kit Reed, John Kessel, Michael Swanwick, Roger Zelazny, Pat Murphy, Gardner Dozois, and many others. Shawna won a Hugo for Best Professional Editor in 1984.

Shawna McCarthy left the magazine at the end of 1985 and Gardner Dozois took over as editor with the January 1986 issue. Gardner had actually worked on the magazine as an associate editor for six months in 1977. And one of his two Nebulas had been awarded to his August 1983 Asimov’s short story “The Peacemaker.” Gardner continued to publish many of Shawna’s stalwarts as well as authors like Robert Reed, Jonathan Lethem, Greg Egan, Judith Moffett, Terry Bisson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, Allen M. Steele, Joe Haldeman, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Geoffrey A. Landis, and Neal Barrett, Jr. In 1986, Gardner published the magazine’s first novel serialization, Count Zero by William Gibson, and he later serialized two novels by Michael Swanwick and Harlan Ellison’s screenplay for I, Robot. Gardner won an unprecedented fifteen Hugo Awards for his work as a professional editor before retiring in 2004.

Having served Asimov’s under almost every known editorial title, I took over as editor in chief with the January 2005 issue. Familiar bylines continue to appear in Asimov’s. In addition to many of the authors listed above, some like Paolo Bacigalupi, Kij Johnson, Ian McDonald, Frederik Pohl, Lisa Goldstein, Paul McAuley, Rudy Rucker, Chris Beckett, Alexander Jablokow, and Ian R. MacLeod, had earlier publications in Asimov’s. Other established writers, such as Carol Emshwiller, Elizabeth Bear, Brandon Sanderson, Aliette de Bodard, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Liu, Christopher Barzak, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Lavie Tidhar, Dale Bailey, Will McIntosh, Suzanne Palmer, Megan Arkenberg, and Daryl Gregory made their first appearances in Asimov’s over the past decade. Authors making sales to Asimov’s early in their careers during this period include Ted Kosmatka, Felicity Shoulders, Henry Lien, William Preston, Alice Sola Kim, Derek Künsken, Jeff Carlson, and Steve Bein.

Personnel change has not been limited to Asimov’s editors. The magazine started out life with regular editorials by Isaac as well as monthly puzzles by Martin Gardner, and a regular round-up of upcoming SF conventions by Erwin S. Strauss. Our long-time book reviewer was Baird Searles. Martin retired from the puzzle columns when Shawna McCarthy left the magazine, but along the way, we added book reviews by Norman Spinrad. Sadly, both Isaac and Baird passed away in the early nineties. In 1993, the editorialist mantle was passed to the superb author Robert Silverberg and he’s been writing “Reflections” columns for us ever since. Also in 1993, we picked up some new book reviewers, and twenty years later Peter Heck and Paul Di Filippo are still sending their reviews our way. In 1998, we added James Patrick Kelly’s bi-monthly column about what’s new “On the Net.” Every so often, we feature nonfiction “Thought Experiments” by authors like James Gunn, Ray Kurzweil, Allen M. Steele, Aliette de Bodard, and many others. Our award-winning poets include Robert Frazier, Bruce Boston, Jane Yolen, Megan Arkenberg, William John Watkins, Laurel Winter, and Janis Ian. —Sheila Williams

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With the quarantine underway, I need help buying the current copy of both of these magazines. I'm not a subscriber (anymore), as I live in Canada, and after paying exchange and shipping, I found it was cheaper to buy from my local newsstand, which I've been doing every issue for years and years now. But, with COVID-19, my local newsstand doesn't have any copies. Nor does the large book store in the city (already tried calling them). I hate to miss an issue. Is there anybody who is willing to ship to Canada that can help me? Thanks in advance.
I thought Bruce Boston's poem (which appeared Asimov's) the best in the Rhysling anthology. I defend my choice here, among other favorites. Good luck both to Bruce and Asimov's!
Fellow subscribers: My March/April 2020 issue of Asimov's arrived slightly beat up but serviceable. But while reading "Semper Augustus," it turns out the the bottom-right corner of page 175 was torn, so that I cannot read the last couple of paragraphs on that page and on page 176. Is it possible one of you out there could maybe take a photo with a cell phone, or type in the text of those couple of paragraphs, here in reply to this post? Thanks in advance...
Very pleased to announce that my story “The Ocean Between the Leaves” from the July/August 2019 issue of Asimov’s, will be appearing in the 2020 edition of The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories, edited by Allan Kaster. Very glad to be a part of this awesome anthology. Thank you Sheila Williams for taking the story, and to Emily Alta Hockaday and the while Asimov’s family!
Very pleased to announce that my story “The Ocean Between the Leaves” from the July/August 2019 issue of Asimov’s, will be appearing in the 2020 edition of The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories, edited by Allan Kaster. Very glad to be a part of this awesome anthology.
Very pleased to announce that my story “The Ocean Between the Leaves” from the July/August 2019 issue of Asimov’s, will be appearing in the 2020 edition of The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories, edited by Allan Kaster. Very glad to be a part of this awesome anthology.
Watching Outland 38years later it has lost anything Jason Alter
Hey everyone: a very positive review of the November / December issue here:http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18810 that calls "The River of Blood and Wine" by Kali Wallace "deeply affecting and just perfectly written. It will be on my Hugo Short List for Best Novelette next year."
A very positive review of the November / December Asimov’s at Sfrevu: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18810
via Locus Magazine
The first episode of Ken Burns's excellent COUNTRY MUSIC mentioned Charlie Poole, subject of my new ASIMOV'S story, "Charlie Tells Another One." The second episode mentioned Crazy Water Crystals of Charlotte NC, subject of my first published story, "Liza and the Crazy Water Man" (1996). So far, it looks like an auspicious weeklong lead-in to my appearance Sunday at the ASIMOV'S table at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Y'all come!