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
Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov by Sheila Williams
January 2, 2020, will mark Isaac Asimov’s centennial birthday. Although his actual birthdate is unknown, it occurred sometime between October 4, 1919, and January 2, 1920, and Isaac chose to celebrate it on January 2. He was born in Petrovichi, a small rural community located about 250 miles southwest of Moscow. In 1923 Isaac and his family emigrated to the United States. As most readers know, he grew up in Brooklyn, where he worked in his father’s candy store and dreamed about becoming a science fiction writer.
In addition to his myriad accomplishments both as a fiction and nonfiction author, Isaac cofounded Asimov’s in 1977. I joined the staff in 1982 and worked with this remarkable man for ten years until his death in April 1992. Isaac’s weekly visits to the office were joyous occasions.
You can email Sheila Williams at Asimovs@DellMagazines.com. See her 2014 interview with Fran Wilde here: http://geekmom.com/2014/02/sheila-williams/.