The New York Review of Science Fiction

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Abbreviated NYRSF and pronounced NER-sif, it is a monthly literary sf semiprozine established in 1988. It includes works of criticism, essays, and in-depth critical reviews of new writing and scholarship by a wide variety of fans and pros. From 1988 to 2012 it was published by David G. Hartwell's Dragon Press, but starting in 2013 it has shifted to new publisher Kevin J. Maroney's Burrowing Wombat Press.

It was founded in 1988 by Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Susan Palwick, Samuel R. Delany, and Kathryn Cramer, with Hartwell, serving the entire run and Kevin J. Maroney, Kathryn Cramer, and Ariel Hameon having long stints. For the first half of the magazine's history, shifts in editorship were complex -- the detailed lineup changed every few issues -- and the following people have also been on the editorial staff: L. W. Currey, Tad Dembinski, Donald G. Keller, Robert K. J. Killheffer, Laura Tucker, Gordon Van Gelder.

The magazine generally has maintained a level of writing equal to the very best fanzines, but its content is typically more sercon than most fanzine writing, even verging on academic at times. Nonetheless, it has maintained a standard for consistently publishing writing about SF which is of high quality, yet generally quite readable.

Starting in 2013 with the switch to Burrowing Wombat Press, NYRSF switched from printed to online publication.

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