76 issues - 1942 - 1949
Some Issues Missing
Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Before Amazing, science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.
Amazing was published, with some interruptions, for almost eighty years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors as it struggled to be profitable. Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine in 1929, and by 1938 it was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor. Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community. In the late 1940s Amazing presented as fact stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos that explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named deros, which led to dramatically increased circulation but also widespread ridicule. Amazing switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. It was sold to Sol Cohen's Universal Publishing Company in 1965, which filled it with reprinted stories but did not pay a reprint fee to the authors, creating a conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. Ted White took over as editor in 1969, eliminated the reprints and made the magazine respected again: Amazing was nominated for the prestigious Hugo award three times during his tenure in the 1970s. Several other owners attempted to create a modern incarnation of the magazine in the following decades, but publication was suspended after the March 2005 issue. A new incarnation appeared in July 2012 as an online magazine.
The title of the magazine changed several times:
April 1926 February 1958 Amazing Stories
March 1958 April 1958 Amazing Science Fiction
May 1958 September 1960 Amazing Science Fiction Stories
October 1960 July 1970 Amazing Stories
September 1970 February 1979 Amazing Science Fiction Stories
May 1979 August 1980 Amazing Stories
November 1980 November 1984 Amazing Science Fiction Stories Combined with Fantastic
January 1985 March 1985 Amazing Science Fiction Stories Combined with Fantastic Stories
May 1985 January 1986 Amazing Science Fiction Stories
March 1986 March 2005 Amazing Stories
July 2012 Amazing Stories
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