From The Editor

Sheila Williams

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 in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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.

This Month's Guest Editorial

Where We Came From Is Where We're Going by Allen M. Steele

The following essay is adapted from a speech made at the second Asian Pacific Science Fiction Convention (Apsfcon 2019) in Beijing, China, on May 26, 2019.

I’m not only a science fiction writer, but also a science fiction historian, albeit of the armchair variety. The history of the SF genre fascinates me just about as much as any SF novel I’ve ever read. I’ve often used SF history as the background for my own work, such as my novel Arkwright, and lately my interest has only become stronger as I’ve explored the genre’s origins.

One of the most wonderful things that’s come out of my studies is an appreciation for SF’s roots and just how truly international they are. More importantly, though, if we accept the idea that examining history can be a reliable means of forecasting the future—a major reason why it’s important to preserve the past and study it—then it’s possible that we may be able to perceive the direction where we’re headed by looking back to see where we’ve come from.


You can email Sheila Williams at See her 2014 interview with Fran Wilde here:

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