We are very excited to bring you the works that finished in the top slots in each category of the 36th Annual Readers’ Award Poll. Read them here.
It started many years ago: Chris McKitterick and I would meet James Gunn for breakfast each Saturday, at a Hy-Vee just west of Lawrence, Kansas. At the beginning, he would drive there himself, in a spunky little red Honda. The restaurant seemed to change mission and fanciness every few months, but it was a pleasant bright space with tall windows that looked out on a tree-studded lawn, and a seasonal robin's nest on top of a security light. Regardless of season or menu, Jim usually had the same breakfast, an omelet with onions, sausage, and gouda cheese, with lots of coffee. Read more
In 2019, our celebration was by necessity a virtual one, in which we were able to invite ALL to take part! Watch here for editorial and author commentary as the final results of the 2019 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards were announced, together with Asimov’s sister magazine Analog’s AnLab Awards. Watch now.
I’ve enjoyed every story that ran in Asimov’s is this past year. What makes a story special is often obvious, but sometimes the gems are hidden. That’s why I’m once again reflecting on the 33 short stories, 22 novelettes, and 11 novellas that appeared in our pages (or on our electronic devices) in 2018. Read more
Remembering Gardner Dozois
We are sad to announce the loss of Gardner Dozois (July 23, 1947–May 27, 2018). Gardner was the editor of Asimov's from 1986 to 2004. During that time he won fifteen Hugos for best editor. In addition to his family and friends, his passing is an enormous loss to readers, authors, and everyone connected to our field. We will feature tributes to Gardner in our March/April 2019 issue.
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America named our own Sheila Williams a Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award recipient. Her influences on the field are numerous, but Sheila is especially known for her dedication to finding and championing new voices and her enthusiastic promotion of science fiction and fantasy authors and the short fiction form. The award will be presented at the Nebula Awards Banquet. Read more in the official SFWA announcement here.
Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin
With novels like The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, and stories like “The Word for the World is Forest” and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” Ursula K. Le Guin forever changed the landscape of science fiction. We were fortunate to have the chance to publish eight of her tales in Asimov’s. They ranged from the lighthearted “The Ascent of the North Face” (July 1983) to the surreal “Ether, Or” (November 1995). Unsurprisingly, Ms. Le Guin took a profound look at human nature in her stories. Slavery and oppression are examined in stories like “Forgiveness Day” (November 1994) and “A Woman’s Liberation” (July 1995). Sadly the anguish of “The Wild Girls” (March 2002) could fit right in with today’s headlines. We at Asimov’s are deeply saddened by the loss of this inimitable grand master. —Sheila Williams
The news that Kit Reed had died came to me from her daughter Kate Maruyama on the morning of September 24. Kit was a wonderful person, author, and friend. When I can find the right words, I'll write more about her for the magazine. In the meantime, I can say that I am so proud to have known her and to have had the opportunity to publish her biting, imaginative, satiric, and marvelous stories. Her last tale, "Disruption in the Produce Aisle," appears in our current issue (the slightly spooky October/September issue). In his column at SFRevu, Samuel J Tomaino called it, "A wild, wonderful story. The sort we have come to expect of Kit Reed." And we did. And we were very much rewarded for our expectations. I've spent hours and hours in conversation with Kit. I will miss her fiction, but much more than that, I will miss her company. —Sheila Williams
The Rona Jaffe Foundation announces the award, given to six emerging women writers, at the Lotos Club in Manhattan. Read more.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) announces the award in recognition of Ms. Yolen’s lifetime contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. Read all about it.
Thanks to the diligence of one of our fantastic contributors, Eugene Mirabelli, Asimov’s is now being accepted as a publication credit for the comprehensive Directory of Poets & Writers. The details.