From The Editor
Welcome to Asimov’s Science Fiction!
Fulfilling a lifelong goal, I began my career with Asimov’s in 1982. I thought then, that it was the best magazine on Earth. I still do.
For ten years I had the privilege of working with Isaac Asimov. I’ve also worked with a pantheon of editors and authors publishing groundbreaking fiction. This has been a rewarding journey for me. As editor of the magazine, I invite you to enter our pages. Come along and enjoy the same excitement we feel when reading each new issue of Asimov’s. See you there!
– Sheila Williams
About the Editor
Sheila Williams is the two-time Hugo Award winning Editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which has won the prestigious Locus Award for Best Magazine multiple times.
Sheila’s interest in science fiction began in her early years in western Massachusetts, when her father read Edgar Rice Burroughs books to her as a child. By the time Sheila was in sixth grade, her parents found her a British anthology abroad called Adventure Stories for Girls, which she read no less than a dozen times. Sheila went on to graduate from Elmira College, New York, studying at the London School of Economics junior year, and received her Master’s from Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to her editorial stewardship of the magazine, Sheila Williams is the editor/co-editor of more than two dozen best-selling science fiction anthologies. One of Sheila’s proudest accomplishments is co-founding, with Rick Wilber in 1993, the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, co-sponsored by Dell Magazines and The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. The Award – with its cash prize, conference appearance, and in-depth consultation with Sheila and other established authors – encourages young writers and helps them form lasting relationships with other aspiring writers. Many of these finalists go on to become published authors.
Editorial: Celebrations 2023!
by Sheila Williams
June 1, 2023, was a beautiful day for multiple celebrations in New York City. We joined forces with our sister magazine, Analog, to honor a number of our award recipients and finalists.
In the morning, we held a brunch for those finalists who had already arrived at Sarabeth’s Tribeca. The restaurant is located on Manhattan’s Greenwich Street about a ten-minute stroll from the World Trade Center. We sat in their lovely outdoor shed. New York restaurant sheds came into existence with the pandemic. They’ve improved the quality of outdoor dining and are a pleasant place for a group gathering. Senior managing editor Emily Hockaday; Analog’s editor, Trevor Quachri; and I were joined for brunch by Rick Wilber, who flew in from Florida; Suzanne Palmer, who trained in from Western Massachusetts; Jay Werkheiser, who took a bus from Pennsylvania; and local author Nick Wolven who only had to take the subway from the Bronx. We parted ways after a delicious meal and captivating conversation. READ MORE