Friday, May 1, 1970

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

First published under the name Astounding Stories in 1930, Analog Science Fiction and Fact is the longest running science fiction related magazine. Over the years, the magazine has been published under several other names, including Astounding Science Fiction, Analog Science Fact & Fiction, and Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact. The magazine is a fairly important part of science fiction history, as John W. Campbell, Jr. served as its editor from 1937 until his death in 1971, and it was this position that allowed Campbell to exert the substantial influence he had on shaping the field of science fiction during the "Golden Era". After Campbell's death, Ben Bova served as Analog's editor until 1976. In 1976 Stanley Schmidt took the helm as Editor, a position that he held until 2012, when he relinquished control to Trevor Quachri.

Between Analog, Asimov's Science Fiction, and Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog used to have, in my opinion, the most consistently good fiction, although in recent years it has become decidedly uneven. It is also the most oriented towards "hard" science fiction, and generally has the best science fact articles as well.

1930-1933 Harry Bates
1933-1937 F. Orlin Tremaine
1937-1971 John W. Campbell, Jr.
1971-1978 Ben Bova
1978-2012 Stanley Schmidt
2012-         Trevor Quachri


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