Analog Magazine has reached its millennium — 1,000 issues published! What started in 1930 as Astounding Stories of Super Science has been thrilling starbound adventure seekers and igniting imaginations for over 85 years. This is a wonderous feat. In fact, in this age where surviving genre periodicals are about as realistic as time-travelling, shape-shifting Martians, it’s an amazing story. So amazing, actually, that it would have been a worthy story for the magazine Amazing Stories…. had it not folded in 1995.
Analog: Science Fiction and Fact is a beacon for talent. Having helped launch careers as impressive as Isaac Asimov and Poul Anderson, for nearly a century the editors have sought, nurtured and established the best writers in the field. Not satisfied with being just another pulp magazine on the market, the magazine has always insisted on publishing great writing — insightful, vibrant, and sometimes even profound. To this point, former editor Ben Bova, in this collectible 1000th issue, says of an earlier Analog editor:
When he died unexpectedly in 1971, John W. Campbell, Jr. was the towering editorial figure who had dominated the field of science fiction for more than three decades.
Bova states that Campbell led the magazine out of the pulps and brought it to new, higher literary levels — insiting upon only the best writing it could find. This is high praise from Bova, whose own eye for talent has launched its share of great works — Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game among them.
So, I invite you to explore the world of Science fiction and fact — and why not start with the 1000th issue. Perhaps it will lead you to search out old gems… like this one I found from January, 1962… long before we knew what the data was all about!
Great magazines are dropping like asteroids… dying by the second. And it’s a shame because they really are the launching pad for stellar adventures and inspiration.
But they’re still among us.
Hopefully for 1,000 more.