Amazing Stories was founded with the April 1926 issue 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.
The Club House
"The Club House" was a fanzine review column written by Rog Phillips in Amazing from March, 1948, to March, 1953. The column was created in part to reverse the bad image Amazing Stories gained in fandom from Ray Palmer's Shaver Mystery. (A similar column was run by Mari Wolf in Imagination in the 1950s. At the time, Wolf was married to Phillips.)
The column was later revived in other SF prozines edited by Raymond Palmer. In Amazing under Ted White in the 1970s, it became a general column about fandom that brought in many neofans. A version continues today.
Vernon L. McCain described the importance of the original Club House: "'The Club House' had done more to make fandom grow than any other single force in history, and it altered the whole character of fandom by bringing in a different type person. Not that this new type was in any way superior or inferior to the old type, but they were different and they changed fandom. Many of us preferred the old type to the new, which somewhat resembled a combination of the American Legion and the Housewives' Thursday Knitting and Tea Auxiliary. Less publicity is what fandom needs."
|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|
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