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What looks like a flying saucer has crash-landed in the woods, and the pilot is nowhere in sight. Join Hammond and his d...
01/09/2021

What looks like a flying saucer has crash-landed in the woods, and the pilot is nowhere in sight. Join Hammond and his dog Tripod as they trek through the trees, embarking on “The Three-Day Hunt,” when you read Robert R. Chase's story in our Jan/Feb issue! http://ow.ly/4Tm050D1C62

They’d gone, in less than three hours, from meeting as strangers in the poolcar to setting up a coffee date. It was brea...
01/07/2021

They’d gone, in less than three hours, from meeting as strangers in the poolcar to setting up a coffee date. It was breathtaking work. The auto-personality was amazing.

—“The Fear of Missing Out,” by Robert H. Cloake, in our Jan/Feb issue. On sale now! http://ow.ly/7Hdc50D1AJQ

Happy New Year! 2021 promises fabulous stories by James Patrick Kelly, Greg Egan, Felicity Shoulders, Derek Künsken, Kal...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! 2021 promises fabulous stories by James Patrick Kelly, Greg Egan, Felicity Shoulders, Derek Künsken, Kali Wallace, Naomi Kanakia, Fran Wilde, Will McIntosh, Robert Reed, James Gunn, Dominica Phetteplace & so much more. Don’t miss out & subscribe now: www.asimovs.com/store

“Hours passed. Reznikov did not mind. He was not self-aware. This is a story about a creature that was incapable of tell...
12/19/2020

“Hours passed. Reznikov did not mind. He was not self-aware. This is a story about a creature that was incapable of telling stories about itself.”

—“I Didn’t Buy It” by Naomi Kanakia in our Jan/Feb issue! http://ow.ly/7VgY50CNhcD

"There was another loud bubblegum pop. 'It’s pretty self-explanatory, Victor: you go, you sign some papers, plant a tree...
12/17/2020

"There was another loud bubblegum pop. 'It’s pretty self-explanatory, Victor: you go, you sign some papers, plant a tree, you leave. Read the scroll.'"

But in Fran Wilde's latest story for us, being "Mayor for Today" isn't nearly as simple as it sounds. http://ow.ly/Mt1D50CNeU3

Curious about our cover story? Ray Nayler sits down with mentor Professor Earl Jackson, Jr. to discuss "A Rocket for Dim...
12/16/2020
A Conversation in Progress: Professor Earl Jackson, Jr. and Ray Nayler on “A Rocket for Dimitrios”

Curious about our cover story? Ray Nayler sits down with mentor Professor Earl Jackson, Jr. to discuss "A Rocket for Dimitrios"—on sale now www.asimovs.com/store), among other things: http://ow.ly/sTrg50CNvdO

Ray Nayler’s “A Rocket for Dimitrios” [in our Jan/Feb issue, on sale now!] follows up on “The Disintegration Loops,” from November/December 2019. Below, Ray offers us …

Continuing James Gunn’s Stars novelettes comes “Return from the Stars,” which opens: “Robot 101 descended from the pockm...
12/11/2020

Continuing James Gunn’s Stars novelettes comes “Return from the Stars,” which opens: “Robot 101 descended from the pockmarked spaceship onto the surface of the desert that was Mars. It was not an ordinary robot, either.” Read on, in our Nov/Dec issue! http://ow.ly/DtdU50CH1ci

"'I don’t think you understand, Juan. Star Trek was a classic. If this is actually one of the original programs, it’ll b...
12/09/2020

"'I don’t think you understand, Juan. Star Trek was a classic. If this is actually one of the original programs, it’ll be worth a small fortune.'"

Discover the contents of Peter's newfound antique disc in "Return to Glory" by Jack McDevitt, on sale now! http://ow.ly/7Kxh50CGX1u

In ONE week, our Jan/Feb issue goes on sale. Don't miss this incredible issue! www.asimovs.com/store
12/08/2020

In ONE week, our Jan/Feb issue goes on sale. Don't miss this incredible issue! www.asimovs.com/store

Happy Monday! Usher in the week with our newest free podcast: Marissa Lingen's "Grief as Faithful as My Hound," on sale ...
12/07/2020
Grief, as Faithful as My Hound by Marissa Lingen

Happy Monday! Usher in the week with our newest free podcast: Marissa Lingen's "Grief as Faithful as My Hound," on sale now in our current issue. http://ow.ly/ud8P50CEBSB

It’s an Earth-shattering revelation: Aliens are real, and making contact all around us. Rina Cutter, however, is busy dealing with her own, private world shattering. Even if the alien news does hit very close to home, it has nothing on the shock of losing her mother. Please enjoy Marissa Lingen’...

"With a good tug, the last few strands of the first pod’s coiling spore root unspooled from the flesh of Meer’s back. I ...
12/05/2020

"With a good tug, the last few strands of the first pod’s coiling spore root unspooled from the flesh of Meer’s back. I pressed a cloth to her skin and could feel the reverberations of an unborn scream . . ."

Read "Pull It From the Root" by Zack Be! http://ow.ly/IlNi50CAMvA

FBF to 1987 and this seasonal cover with an all-star lineup, including the incomparable Ben Bova, who will be missed tre...
12/04/2020

FBF to 1987 and this seasonal cover with an all-star lineup, including the incomparable Ben Bova, who will be missed tremendously. Thirty-three years later, and we're still getting stunning Connie Willis stories for our December issues.

“No need to be dramatic, Lalo. We have very good VR communication tech these days, and of course for Lili’s sake I’ll do...
12/03/2020

“No need to be dramatic, Lalo. We have very good VR communication tech these days, and of course for Lili’s sake I’ll do what I can to support your migrant petition when the application period opens up again next year.”

—Read Alaya Dawn Johnson's "The Mirages" now! http://ow.ly/BjKb50CAKwr

Is Jewish Christmas science fiction? Sam Schreiber, author of "Christmas at the Hilbert Astoria" (on sale now www.asimov...
12/02/2020
Jewish Christmas is Science Fiction

Is Jewish Christmas science fiction? Sam Schreiber, author of "Christmas at the Hilbert Astoria" (on sale now www.asimovs.com/store), makes the case for it in our newest blog post: http://ow.ly/Kgza50CAuGF

by Sam Schreiber Ten years ago on the sitcom Community, Abed Nadir tells his friends the meaning of Christmas is the idea that Christmas has meaning, and that it can mean whatever we want. A season…

Tis the season for a new Connie Willis tale! We are delighted to bring you "Take a Look at the Five and Ten"—a real holi...
11/24/2020

Tis the season for a new Connie Willis tale! We are delighted to bring you "Take a Look at the Five and Ten"—a real holiday treat—in our current issue on sale now: www.asimovs.com/store. Don't miss out on this new novella by a true master!

As always, we are thankful for our wonderful authors! Meet Lora Gray whose poem "After a Year of Solitude" is in our cur...
11/24/2020
Q&A with Lora Gray

As always, we are thankful for our wonderful authors! Meet Lora Gray whose poem "After a Year of Solitude" is in our current issue on sale now! They sat down for a Q&A on our blog with some background on this poem and their other writing: https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/11/24/qa-with-lora-gray/

“The onboard medic/says not to worry,” begins Lora Gray’s poem, “After a Year of Solitude” [in our current issue, on sale now]. But where did the poem really begin? Be…

You can still register for the @CityTechSF Symposium! Asimov's authors Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cadwell Turnbull & Erin Rober...
11/18/2020

You can still register for the @CityTechSF Symposium! Asimov's authors Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cadwell Turnbull & Erin Robers join Carlos Hernandez & Joy Sanchez Taylor for a lively conversation on writing race in SF. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/aFo950CnVfe

#FBF 25 years!
11/13/2020

#FBF 25 years!

Our newest blog post from Julie Novakova examines the importance of preparedness in the face of disaster and how that in...
11/11/2020
The Next Great Disaster

Our newest blog post from Julie Novakova examines the importance of preparedness in the face of disaster and how that informs current events as well as her story "The Long Iapetan Night," on sale now [www.asimovs.com/store]. Read her post here: http://ow.ly/rg2o50ChFOq

by Julie Nováková Imagine a vast icy cold landscape of patchwork black-and-white ice bathed in starlight. Imagine stepping onto it a hundred years after the previous crewed mission had landed there…

Author Kate Maruyama discusses the difficult topic of "Writing Hope in Times of Trouble" in our newest guest blog post. ...
10/28/2020
Writing Hope in Times of Trouble

Author Kate Maruyama discusses the difficult topic of "Writing Hope in Times of Trouble" in our newest guest blog post. Read on to hear about her story "Footprint" (on sale now: www.asimovs.com/store) and insights from other SF writers:

http://ow.ly/Odbi50C5gSW

by Kate Maruyama I sat down with four futurist and scifi writers—Cecil Castelucci, Matt Kressel, PJ Manney, Nisi Shawl, and Sherri L. Smith—on BookSwell with Cody Sisco in May, and we talked about …

"The Hind"—in our current issue on sale now (www.asimovs.com/store)—was a collaborative product of a long drive through ...
10/21/2020
How “The Hind” Came to Be

"The Hind"—in our current issue on sale now (www.asimovs.com/store)—was a collaborative product of a long drive through scenic Colorado. Maybe we should send Rick Wilber & Kevin J. Anderson on more road trips! Learn about the process in our newest blog post:
https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/10/21/how-the-hind-came-to-be/

by Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber When we first conjured up “The Hind” [in our current issue, on sale now!] neither Kevin nor I had any idea that by the time of its publication, people worldwide…

Next week our festive Nov/Dec issue goes on sale, packed with plenty of great tales including a new Connie Willis story!...
10/16/2020

Next week our festive Nov/Dec issue goes on sale, packed with plenty of great tales including a new Connie Willis story! www.asimovs.com/store

“We’d made a deal. I would earn money with my tricks, and Taihe would cook for me, shelter me, and buy me the human thin...
10/15/2020

“We’d made a deal. I would earn money with my tricks, and Taihe would cook for me, shelter me, and buy me the human things I wanted.” This deal’s going great for Sunflower . . . until the “Mangy White Dog” shows up. Read Y.M. Pang's's story now http://ow.ly/txur50BRpBf (also available as a podcast: http://ow.ly/VMzY50BRpBe)!

“you walk to the middle/of a frozen pond breathe/on a cold spoon/rap it sharply/on the robin’s blue eggshell/ice crust a...
10/14/2020

“you walk to the middle/of a frozen pond breathe/on a cold spoon/rap it sharply/on the robin’s blue eggshell/ice crust at your feet”

Read Josh Pearce’s breathtaking poem “Self-Assembly Required” when you buy our September/October issue! http://ow.ly/M3rz50BRlpL

The clock’s ticking; a solar flare’s coming; first Stormie got lost, and now—“George asked the same thing Stormie was th...
10/13/2020

The clock’s ticking; a solar flare’s coming; first Stormie got lost, and now—

“George asked the same thing Stormie was thinking. ‘Why the hell would anyone password-protect an emergency shelter?’”

Find out in "Flare Shack" by Gray Rinehart, on sale now! http://ow.ly/tPef50BRhpU

"When I do look inward, I’m often surprised at what the light of introspection reveals in the murky corners of my brain....
10/06/2020

"When I do look inward, I’m often surprised at what the light of introspection reveals in the murky corners of my brain."

In On the Net, James Patrick Kelly urges you to "Meet Your Subliminal Self." On our site http://ow.ly/c0KU50BFEUq and on sale now! http://ow.ly/klPa50BFEUo

“Always the victim looks/stunned—not terrified,” begins Michael Meyerhofer's moving poem, “In Horror Movies, Whenever So...
10/04/2020

“Always the victim looks/stunned—not terrified,” begins Michael Meyerhofer's moving poem, “In Horror Movies, Whenever Someone Gets Their Soul Sucked Out.” Read the rest in our current issue! http://ow.ly/DIrr50BFwBE

"Colbert released Destenie's magnetic shackles, adding, 'You don't look so dangerous.''Just a disguise,' Destenie warned...
10/02/2020

"Colbert released Destenie's magnetic shackles, adding, 'You don't look so dangerous.'

'Just a disguise,' Destenie warned him."

Learn to see past intern-turned-prisoner Destenie's disguise; read R. Garcia y Robertson's "Escaping Real Time," on sale now! http://ow.ly/sSuV50BFvHl

"'Sharks don’t talk, Nora.'Nora raises her eyebrows. 'Sharks don’t live in bathroom plumbing.'"Or do they? Step into Ada...
09/30/2020

"'Sharks don’t talk, Nora.'

Nora raises her eyebrows. 'Sharks don’t live in bathroom plumbing.'"

Or do they? Step into Adam’s bathroom—and into the ocean— and find out for yourself by reading Rich Larson's “The Conceptual Shark,” on sale now! http://ow.ly/3EIK50BFrb4

Veteran Asimov's author Robert Reed is back in our pages with this issue's *cover* story "The Ossuary's Passenger." Get ...
09/16/2020
Q&A with Robert Reed

Veteran Asimov's author Robert Reed is back in our pages with this issue's *cover* story "The Ossuary's Passenger." Get to know him on the blog in our newest Q&A: http://ow.ly/pCPG50BsyAv

Though it began as “Riding the Growth Curve,” inspired by an image of “riding to the stars on an increasingly vast ball of meat and bone,” news junkie Robert Reed’s l…

This issue's appropriately spooky tale "The Eight-Thousanders" from @jasonsanford is a slow burn. Run out and read it no...
09/10/2020
Q&A with Jason Sanford

This issue's appropriately spooky tale "The Eight-Thousanders" from @jasonsanford is a slow burn. Run out and read it now! And after you do, be sure to check out this fascinating Q&A: https://fromearthtothestars.com/2020/09/10/qa-with-jason-sanford/

While no longer a “shovel bum” for an archaeologist, Jason Sanford is deeply impacted by the knowledge that we’re surrounded by a million plus years of human history at all times. “The Eight-Thousa…

09/08/2020
Mangy White Dog by Y.M. Pang

Our free September/October podcast comes hot on the heels of Labor Day, with appropriate themes. What should Sunflower do when a "Mangy White Dog" starts showing up to watch her and Taihe perform? https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/asimovs/episodes/2020-09-08T10_37_33-07_00

When a “Mangy White Dog” starts showing up to watch Sunflower and Taihe perform, Sunflower is suspicious. What does the dog want? Doesn't it know she and Taihe are a team of two? Read "Mangy White Dog" by Y.M. Pang to discover the secret behind the dog's appearance.

Enter the world of seraphim noir with Ian Tregillis's blog post AND his new story "When God Sits in Your Lap," in our cu...
09/03/2020
Psychopomps and Two-Bit Keyhole Peepers

Enter the world of seraphim noir with Ian Tregillis's blog post AND his new story "When God Sits in Your Lap," in our current issue, on sale now! http://ow.ly/t4NQ50Bhgr3

by Ian Tregillis “When God Sits in Your Lap” [on sale now!] is set in a near-future world I first imagined for my novel Something More Than Night, wherein a (very) minor fallen angel na…

“We’d been left with a skeleton crew everywhere, all over the world.”Gregory Frost’s “Traveling On" shows us the morbidl...
08/29/2020

“We’d been left with a skeleton crew everywhere, all over the world.”

Gregory Frost’s “Traveling On" shows us the morbidly absurd mundanity of post-rapture life: AA meetings, news reports, work—everything including the dripping kitchen sink. On sale now! http://ow.ly/PsZ350Bc6wG

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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.

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I am so excited about the next issue! My favorite authors growing up were featured here, and I can always find new favs. My guide talks about some of the history and marvellous reasons to read this iconic magazine.
Does this recent book by Jonathan Lethem remind anybody of a story fro Asimov’s? Say the last 4 years or so?
Somehow I misplaced my July/August issue and am just now reading it! I love Peter Woods new story!!! “Why I’ll Never Get Tenure” is the type of story I can really enjoy - original, thought provoking and humorous. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work! Thank you Asimov’s for another wonderful issue! I have been a subscriber since the ‘80’s and will continue as one as long as you continue presenting some of the finest works of fiction around!
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I have a question. Can anyone tell me what issue the sheet music for the "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine March" was published in?
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.