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. No fiction has appeared as yet and, following in the Gernsback tradition, perhaps, he doesn't pay the writers.A critical history of the magazine by Jon D. Swartz was published in the November, 2016 issue of The National Fantasy Fan (Volume 75, Number 11).
|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|
|1956||Paul W. Fairman||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.|
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