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 Editorial
Editor Extraordinaire by Sheila Williams
Gardner Dozois was a pretty amazing science fiction editor. There are fifteen best editor Hugos to prove it and other evidence as well. During his nineteen years at the helm of Asimov’s, he placed 164 stories on the final Hugo ballot. Although there were ups and downs, this figure averages out to more than eight stories per year. Thirty-five of these tales took home the rocket ship. While I haven’t counted the Nebula nominees, I know that during his editorship he purchased fifteen works that received that prestigious award.
Long before he became editor of this magazine, Gardner had shown a knack for uncovering the diamonds in the stacks of submissions at various magazines. In the early seventies, he convinced Ejler Jakobsson to purchase first stories by Connie Willis and George R.R. Martin. During his tenure as editor of Asimov’s, first sales to the magazine included Kage Baker, Tony Daniel, and Mary Rosenblum. MacArthur Fellows “Genius Grant” winners Kelly Link and Jonathan Lethem both made their first professional story sales to Gardner as well.
You can email Sheila Williams at Asimovs@DellMagazines.com. See her 2014 interview with Fran Wilde here: http://geekmom.com/2014/02/sheila-williams/.