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galaxy_science_fiction_magazineScience Fiction and Fantasy is a strange land.

Politically, genre fiction covers, and often overflows, the boundaries of the political speech in mainstream media. We have our communitarian utopians and our free market libertarians, our atheists and our true believers, (and our atheist true believers) all crammed together under one tent.

The recent explosion of controversy over racist and sexist  tweets and postings within SFWA is nothing new; different groups of writers famously took out a full page ad in Galaxy, attacking and defending the US war in Viet Nam, as pictured above.

Reading the names, for many people, came as a shock. This wasn’t about pleasing readers or winning fans. These were people feeling they had to make a stand.

So, the obvious thing to do is to not allow comments, avoid controversy, and just tell stories. But genre people aren’t like that.

Our comments will be moderated. I’m going to work up a ‘rules for comments’ document which no one will read, but, it’s one of those things that must be done. In short, be humane, constructive, polite; posts which denigrate others on the basis of race, creed, sexual preference or identity, or anything else I can think that shouldn’t be denigrated will be bounced by the mods.


Fantastic Stories Presents: Science Fiction Super Pack #1 Available at Fantastic Stories Website


Fantastic-Stories-Presents_Science0-Fiction-Super-Pack-1-226wWilder Publications brings you great Science Fiction from the present, past, and future, in SF Super Pack #1, over 750 pages of stories from SF greats and new emerging voices, collected in a single volume; stories include The Cold Calculations by Michael A. Burstein, They Twinkled like Jewels by Philip José Farmer, Lingua Franca by Carole McDonnell, Dawn of Flame by Stanley G. Weinbaum, Don’t Jump by Jamie Wild, Youth by Isaac Asimov, Digger Don’t Take No Requests by John Teehan, Lighter than You Think by Nelson Bond, Garden of Souls by M. Turville Heitz, The Variable Man by Philip K. Dick, Starwisps by Edward J. McFadden III, Gorgono and Slith by Ray Bradbury,  I Was There When They Made the Video by Cynthia Ward, The Perfect Host by Theodore Sturgeon, That Universe We Both Dreamed Of by Jay O’Connell, The Lake of Light by Jack Williamson, Lies, Truth, and the Color of Faith by Gerri Leen, Hopscotch and Hottentots by Lou Antonelli, No Place to Hide by James Dorr, Industrial Revolution by Poul Anderson, The Visitor by Ann Wilkes, Travel Diary by Alfred Bester, Encounter in Redgunk by William R. Eakin, The Second Satellite by Edmond Hamilton, The Indecorous Rescue of Clarinda Merwin by Brenda W. Clough, Lost Paradise by C. L. Moore, Siblings by Warren Lapine, Gun for Hire by Mack Reynolds, The Answer by H. Beam Piper, Pythias by Frederik Pohl, Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison, The Good Neighbors by Edgar Pangborn, The Intruder by Emil Petaja, The Six Fingers of Time by R. A. Lafferty, An Ounce of Cure by Alan Edward Nourse, The Hoofer by Walter M. Miller, Jr., The Stellar Legion by Leigh Brackett, and Year of the Big Thaw by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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Editorial: Welcome to the new Fantastic Stories of the Imagination



 Welcome to the premiere issue of the webzine version of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

Fantastic Stories has a wonderful history that I will do my very best to live up to. As many of you know, it was launched in 1952 by Ziff-Davis to be a companion to Amazing Stories, which they’d acquired in 1938. It never really lived up to its name until Cele Goldsmith was hired to edit it in 1958. I fell in love with Fantastic Stories because Cele Goldsmith published a lot of stories by my favorite author, Roger Zelazny. She also helped me find Ursula K. Leguin and Fritz Leiber, thus sealing the direction my adult life would go in.  [READ MORE]