We want to bring back Amazing Stories as a print magazine. And there's one simple answer to all of the questions that might be asked of this Kickstarter Campaign, the people behind it, their motivations and what they intend to do.
It's a simple answer, but a powerful one.
We love Science Fiction.
And you love science fiction too.
None of us can say exactly how and why that is. We've each got our own origin stories, our own definitions, our own understanding of that Sense of Wonder and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Our own lists of absolute favorites and passionate dislikes, our own boundary lines for those things that do it for us and those things that don't.
In no small way, none of that would be possible had it not been for Amazing Stories. Yes, there have been more popular magazines in the field, more successful magazines in the field and, academically at least, the roots of science fiction can be traced back to the very first epic tales, but the publication of Amazing Stories in 1926 declared that those handful of progenitors, from Gilgamesh through Frankenstein, were not just a random collection of odd, imaginative tales They were the standard bearers for something unique and something very special. A genre called Science Fiction.
Think about that for a moment. Think about what we would all have missed had not the brainchild of a quirky immigrant excited and inspired people like Isaac Asimov, Ursula Le Guin, Kate Wilhelm, Jack Williamson, Arthur C. Clarke, C.L. Moore and even a naval midshipman named Robert Heinlein?
Where would we be for the imagery of the future had it not been for two and a half solid years of cover illustrations by the great Frank R. Paul?
Where would fandom be had it not been for the addresses of readers published in the letter column -- the deliberate act of the publisher, designed to encourage social gathering around this new literature?
We would be somewhere, but it would not be here.
Amazing Stories is an institution. It is an icon of the field. Over the years it has represented both the best and the worst that this genre has to offer. It has inspired the careers of authors, artists, editors, academics, scientists and engineers. Its presence proved that there was a viable market for this kind of literature, a fact not lost on other publishers who quickly followed suit. By 1930 there were four magazines in the field, eventually many more. And the fans? They bought every single one of them.
Amazing Stories deserves to be an ongoing part of our community. It may be a bit worn around the edges, the spine may be cracked a little and it may shed bits of pulp here and there, but those are love scars. Amazing Stories is not just our progenitor, it is the embodiment of the heart and soul of the genre.
We love it. We love what it's done for us, what it represents, what it created. How can we not, when we love Science Fiction?
We know you share that love. Please show that love. It's time for Amazing Stories to live again.
Amazing Stories Magazine is an avatar of science fiction's longevity as a medium for exploring the possibilities of the human - and nonhuman and transhumance - experience. - Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War
"The heart and soul of science fiction has always been the short story. I am delighted to see a new print short story market appearing in the field - and under a storied name!" - David Wake, author of Death's Bright Day
Goal: $30,000 to purchase all the stories and articles for our Fall/WorldCon issue and print a complete run for subscribers and to take to WorldCon in August 2018.
Stretch Goal #1: $30,000 additional to take us fully funded through our Fall and Winter 2018 issues. The Winter issue is planned for December/January 2018.
Stretch Goal #3: $60,000 more to fully fund the entire first year through Fall 2018, Winter 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019.
Stretch Goal #4: $10,000 more to increase the rates paid to authors and artists on all issues!
Stretch Goal #5: $20,000 more to make one issue a year a Double-Sized issue with twice as many stories and art!
Stretch Goal #6: Double the above ($120,000 more) and we'll be fully funded through two crazy years!
Our budget will cover all of our costs for stories, articles, art, and labor. It also covers all printing and shipping costs. We have allowed a little flexibility in the budget for the unexpected, for taxes, and the costs of the Kickstarter itself.
Steve Davidson is a former fanzine publisher, a former games designer, a former interactive and multi-media technologies designer and developer working at AT&T and Bell Labs in edutainment installations at Epcot and the AT&T Infoquest Museum.
Steve started in Star Trek fandom (and partied with Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barret, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig) to traditional fandom. He was the banquet manager for the 35th Hugo Awards ceremony and frequently worked on east coast conventions.
Following a sports GAFIAtion* (where he ranked the 75th best paintball player of all time), Steve got married, acquired Amazing Stories, got widowed and returned to the warm embrace of the science fiction community, where he hopes the return of Amazing Stories will help him continue his long, varied and unpredictable career path.
*Getting Away From It All
When he was growing up, Ira Nayman wanted to be Art Buchwald. He has been writing humour ever since. ARNS and the Man, his 8th collection of Alternate Reality News Service articles, will be released on April 1, 2018. His fifth novel, The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn't Want to Live There, was published by Elsewhen Press in 2017. Ira has a Masters in Media Studios, conducted entirely online through Paul Levinson's Connect Ed, and a Ph.D. in Communications from McGill. He reviewed books for the Amazing Stories Web site for a year and a half and was managing editor for an additional year and a half. If people recognize Art Buchwald at all today, it's because his name was on a poster behind Tom Hanks in the movie The Post. Be careful what you wish for...
Born to two artists, Roy and Suzy Woodall, Kermit Woodall today is a professional website designer and developer and an occasionally published writer of technical manuals and science fiction. In a prior career, he was part-owner of a company that produced early digital special effects software for television and film.
He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and many certifications in various computer fields. He is married to his patient wife Shealor, has a brilliant daughter Madeline, and three rather goofy dogs. Their son Haydn was lost to all of them when he died in an auto accident in April of 2015.
Tanya Tynjälä is a science fiction and fantasy writer, specializing in children and young adults and short fiction. She was born in Peru and currently resides in Finland, where she works as a language teacher and a cultural promoter. She has a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language at the Stendhal University, Grenoble 3 in France. At present, she is finishing her doctorate in French language and literature at the University of Helsinki. Tanya has published with the Colombian editor NORMA La ciudad de los nictálopes (2003 – 7 editions) and Cuentos de la princesa Malva (2008 – 2 editions), and Lectora de sueños. Her children and young adult books are used as reading materials in some Latin American countries including Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. She has published the book Sum, by Editorial Micropolis (Lima, Peru), and (Ir)Realidades with Edita el gato descalzo (Lima-Peru). Tanya is the recipient of several international awards including the “Francisco Garzón Céspedes 2007” in the hyper-short theatrical monologue category, and “Writer of the year” in 2003 by NORMA for La Ciudad de los Nictálopes. Her writings have been included in various international anthologies, magazines and e-zines. Some of her works have been translated into Finish, French, English, Bulgarian and Hebrew. She is very active in the Finnish and Latin American fandom. She has translated several stories form Finnish to Spanish for Ossukumma publisher.
He began reading SF under the guise of Frank Hampton’s “Dan Dare” in the weekly boys’ newspaper The Eagle in Britain in 1953. He entered fandom in 1973 with the creation of a “Free University” class at Washington State University, which morphed into the local fan group PESFA. Steve and his best friend Jon Gustafson, along with a couple of other locals, went to their first convention in 1975 (Westercon 28 in Oakland), and followed that by chairing the first couple of MosCons (1978-78), as well as editing the Hugo-nominated fanzine “New Venture.” In the early ’80s, Steve wrote the fan column “Fans, Prose and Cons“ for Amazing Stories under the editorship of Eleanor Mavor. He served as Fan GOH for a number of Northwest cons, both in the US and Canada (moving to Canada in 1985). He has started a couple of writers’ workshops, such as “Writers’ Bloc” (called “The Moscow Moffia” by Algis Budrys) and “Writers of the Lost, Ink” in Edmonton, Alberta. He has also served as art auctioneer and/or Toastmaster for a number of conventions including a Westercon. Steve has self-published two books, Tom Smith and His Electric Skyship (a YA novel written for the 3-day International Novel Competition) and his collection of short stories, called Mind Out of Time. His most recent story was written for John Ordover’s Baconthology, called “The Hog of the Baconvilles.”
Ricky L. Brown
He is a literary critic with a weakness for Science Fiction and all that it entails. If he has a kryptonite, it would be with the classics. Anything science-y with an innovative edge is worth a look, but if it’s well written, he will tell you why. With a degree in English Literature, he has taken his nerdiness to a more serious level by looking into the craft of writing as well as the value of the story itself. Ricky has published many reviews for examiner.com and the Steampunk driven website Doctor Fantastiques Show of Wonders. He can also be followed on Twitter @RickyLBrown.
He has a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He has spent most of his professional career as an aerospace engineer, an air-and-space industry professional, and as an author. During the Apollo Moon Program he was a lead engineer supporting operations at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston Texas (now the Johnson Space Center). He developed procedures allowing astronauts to monitor and control the Apollo Command Module’s Onboard Guidance and Navigation Computer during atmospheric reentry. He provided real-time support during missions Apollo 9 through Apollo 14, including Mission Control Center backroom support during the extended 6-minute reentry blackout period on Apollo 13. Following Apollo he was the overall program manager for the development of the onboard software for NASA’s Space Shuttle. Later in his career Jack was a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Lockheed Martin and led the organization that designed the modernization of the FAA’s nationwide Air Traffic Control computer systems, the United Kingdom’s London Area Air Traffic Control Centre, and Air Traffic Systems in Scotland, Eastern Europe, South America, and New Zealand. Jack appeared as himself in the Command Module episode of the Discovery Science Channel six-part documentary Moon Machines. He has written and made numerous presentations about the space program, on the importance of systems engineering (for non-engineering audiences), and on why science matters. He is also a published author and a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. His non-fiction, short fiction and science fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, books and anthologies. His short stories “Will Little Note, Nor Long Remember” and “Tool Dresser’s Law” first appeared in Amazing Stories Magazine. “Will Little Note, Nor Long Remember” was reprinted here in Volume 0, Number 1 of the re-launch of Amazing Stories. “Tool Dresser’s Law” is reprinted in Amazing Stories Magazine 88th Anniversary Special Edition, available for download from the Amazing Stories Store. In 2018 Jack was awarded an Established Artist Fellowship Grant for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts. He also writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine. Jack’s book Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, will be published by University Press of Florida in the fall of 2018.
Risks and challenges
We've purchased and published fiction and art in ebooks so the process is familiar to us. We've also managed other projects that required printing and this is also something we're comfortable with. We keep everything backed up locally and to the cloud so as to not risk losing our creative assets.
Risks would, therefore, be more dramatic than usual. Two or more senior staff becoming badly injured, ill, or worse. Alien invasion, Zombie apocalypse, or the Singularity. We count these as low-probability risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter