Amazing Stories was founded in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback and was the first magazine devoted to sf and was published continuously until 2005. Gernsback lost ownership of the magazine in 1929 during a bankruptcy.
Amazing's history is studded with controversy: Gernsback made the books balance by avoiding payments to authors as much as possible; Palmer used the infamous Shaver mystery to boost circulation; and SFWA threatened to boycott Amazing over non-payment for reprints.
However, Gernsback's practice of giving space to a lettercol and printing the addresses of the letter writers made it possible for readers to write to each other, and that correspondence was the beginnings of fandom. His failure to pay authors led to the founding of the Futurians, after Donald Wollheim and John Michel visited SFL chapters to complain.
Under Cele Goldsmith Amazing was nominated for the 1961 Best Professional Magazine Hugo and under Ted White it was nominated for the 1971 Best Professional Magazine Hugo and the 1972 Best Professional Magazine Hugo.
In 2011, Steve Davidson resurrected the lapsed trademark and launched a new semiprozine Amazing online, recruiting scores of writers to contribute blog entries. Two online issues appeared, in July and August 2012, followed by another in 2014. Davidson relaunched a print publication of Amazing Stories with the Fall 2018 issue.
A critical history of the magazine by Jon D. Swartz was published in.
|1926||T. O'Connor Sloane||Hugo Gernsback||Non-payments to authors|
|1929||T. O'Connor Sloane||Teck Publications|
|1938||Raymond A. Palmer||Ziff Davis||The Shaver Mystery|
|1949||Howard Browne, William Hamling, and Lila Shaffer||Ziff Davis||Attempt to go up-market|
|1952||Howard Browne||Ziff Davis|
|1956||Paul W. Fairman||Ziff Davis|
|1958||Cele Goldsmith||Ziff Davis|
|1965||Joseph Wrzos||Sol Cohen||SFWA threatens boycott|
|1967||Harry Harrison||Sol Cohen|
|1968||Barry Malzberg||Sol Cohen|
|1969||Ted White||Sol Cohen|
|1979||Elinor Mavor||Sol Cohen|
|1980||Elinor Mavor||Sol Cohen||Merges with Fantastic|
|1986||Patrick Lucien Price||TSR|
|1997||Kim Mohan||Wizards of the Coast|
|2000||Wizards of the Coast||Ceases publication|
|2005||Paizo Publishing||Acquired, two issues published, ceased publication.|
|2011||Steve Davidson starts new Amazing online.|
|2018||Print version resumes|
Also involved: - 1961 Open ESFA - Al Sirois - Alexander Phillips - Alfred Coppel - Brad Foster - Charles Ford Hansen - Claude Degler - Darrell Schweitzer - Don Wilcox - Dr. David H. Keller - E. E. Smith - Edie Stern - Fletcher Pratt - Francis Flagg - Gerry de la Ree - J. Harvey Haggard - James Stoddard - Jeff Berkwits - Jim Harmon - Leslie Croutch - Leslie F. Stone - Lloyd Arthur Eshbach - Malcolm Smith - Marion Zimmer Bradley - Mike Hinge - Miles J. Breuer - Mort Weisinger - Norwescon (OR) - Open ESFA - P. Schuyler Miller - Phyllis Eisenstein - Richard Chwedyk - Rog Phillips - Ronald E. Graham - Rosel G. Brown - T. O'Conor Sloane - Tom Perry - William S. Sykora - Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention - Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 16
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