Kickstarting a print revival of Amazing Stories, the world's oldest sf magazine

Ira Nayman writes, "I'm the Managing Editor of Amazing Stories, which was the first true science fiction magazine (Hugo Gernsback published the first issue in April, 1926; yes, the Hugo Awards were named after him). In its time, it published such luminaries of the genre as Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, E. E. 'Doc' Smith and Arthur C. Clark, to name a few.

"After a hiatus of over a decade, I am the head of a new creative team that plans on relaunching Amazing Stories as a print fiction magazine. To develop seed funding for our first year, we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign ( Anybody interested in the magazine can obtain a subscription to the first year's four issues (electronic for $10; print for $25) there, or can browse the available premiums for other objects and services of interest.

"The creative team behind Amazing Stories has two goals for the magazine. We are dismayed at how dark science fiction has gotten over the past couple of decades, and are looking for more hopeful, optimistic stories, of the kind we grew up with in the 1960s and 1970s. (As a humour writer myself, I put a huge premium on fun.) We also want to celebrate diversity, so we are specifically looking for writers from marginalized groups (which, in FSF, means: women, people of colour, and QUILTBAG members, among others). While respecting Amazing Stories' past, we want to find writers with new voices, new points of view and new stories to tell that will be part of building the genre's future. We hope you will support us in this goal."

The Return of Amazing Stories as a Print Magazine! [Steve Davidson/Kickstarter]