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 Editorial

Thirty-Fifth Annual Readers' Awards' Results by Sheila Williams

The comments section of Asimov’s 35th Annual Readers’ Awards’ ballots made it clear that Covid-19 and the difficulties of 2020 were a shared experience. John Haworth of California thanked us for, “A good magazine in a bad year. Each issue took my mind off the pandemic for a few hours.” Jeremy Hull of Texas said, “2020 was a disaster of a year in so many respects, but it was an excellent year for Asimov’s. Kudos for publishing consistently high-quality work while also delivering an incredible variety of stories, settings, and voices!” And Daniel Connolly of Missouri wrote, “Thank you for the stories during the last year that helped me get through some tough times. Better fortune to all of us in 2021.”

Ignacio Viglizzo of Buenos Aires, Argentina, let us know that, “For the first time in twenty-three years subscribing to the magazine, I read all the content from 2020. Blame the lockdown? Thanks for all the great stories!” From comments I also saw on our Facebook page, it seemed that many readers spent more time than usual with the magazine. We were glad to be able to offer exceptional entertainment during 2020’s trying ordeal.


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

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