Those that have been paying attention know that Amazing Stories magazine has actually been back for around a year — in the form of a blog-style online journal featuring articles, reviews, think pieces, etc. (including one of ours — read the original here).
But on April 1st — the 88th anniversary of Hugo Gernsback’s first issue — the magazine returns to its roots of presenting fiction and non-fiction in a collected work.
The anniversary issue will feature a classic reprint in association with FuturesPastEditions as well as thirteen other new and reprinted stories accompanied by new artwork, a science feature and a review and interview with the author of The Martian, Andy Weir. Throughout the month of April, fiction and non-fiction will be published online every three days, with the material bundled at the end of the month and offered as an e-zine.
And if that goes over well, the magazine’s anniversary issue could be available in print, as well.
Founded in 1926, Amazing Stories is the original science fiction magazine. And while science fiction stories have been around longer, it was Gernsback (for whom the Hugo Award is named) who originated the genre of science fiction — using stories originally called “scientifiction” to generate more interest in science and math. After several changes in ownership and financial stability over the years, the magazine now rests in the hands of Steve Davidson and The Experimenter Publishing Company.
The magazine returned as an original online entity in January 2013, with a number of contributors penning book and movie reviews, science articles, interviews, and various think pieces about the genre in general and specific issues in particular — social issues, fandom, art, the pulp years, etc.