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

Thirty-Fourth Annual Readers’ Awards’ by Sheila Williams

Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 34th Annual Readers’ Awards. We had planned to announce the names of the winners at our annual Award breakfast, which is traditionally held the morning of SFWA’s Nebula Award ceremony in May. Instead we held a virtual ceremony online. If you haven’t watched it already, it is available here:

As always, one aspect of this award that I especially love are the comments that accompany the ballots. I’m pulling this editorial together in early June. The Covid-19 crisis was bearing down on us when I left my Wall Street office on March 11. It did not occur to me that I would not be able to return to the building by now. Although I grabbed a lot of material and had a lot of other items mailed to me, I didn’t get the envelope that held the tabulated ballots. This means that I’m missing the comments that accompanied the mailed-in ballots. Fortunately, our editorial assistant, Rae Purdom, was able to retrieve and pass along all the electronic ballots that contained remarks from our readers.


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

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