Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (usually referred to as F&SF) is a digest-size American magazine first published in 1949, and still produced today. Throughout its life it has retained the same digest format and the same typography on the cover and spine, making it the most consistent of all the long-running sf magazines. Although F&SF has serialized novels, its editorial policy has always placed the emphasis on short stories. Its founding editors, Anthony Boucher & J. Francis McComas, abandoned the standards of pulp-magazine fiction and asked for stylish sf/fantasy that was up to the literary standards of the 'slick' magazines that had shaped US short-story writing between the wars.

Throughout its life F&SF has not carried any internal illustrations besides occasional cartoons, but it has always had exceptional cover art. Mostly by George Salter at the start, covers were distinctive and like nothing else in the sf magazine world. During the 1950s the mainstay artist was Ed Emshwiller, with occasional space covers by Chesley Bonestell. Of special note are a series of sixteen covers by Mel Hunter, which ran between October 1955 and December 1971, and was known as the 'Last Man' series, depicting a lone robot in various settings and guises, long after humanity has gone.

Stories which have appeared in F&SF include: Born of Man and Woman (Richard Matheson); Bring the Jubilee (Ward Moore); The Golem (Avram Davidson); The Country of the Kind (Damon Knight); A Canticle for Leibowitz, that began with the title story and included And the Light is Risen and The Last Canticle (Walter M. Miller, Jr); Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes); Open to Me, My Sister (Philip José Farmer); All You Zombies - (Robert A. Heinlein); The Man Who Lost the Sea (Theodore Sturgeon); The Pi Man (Alfred Bester); Starship Soldier, an abridged version of Starship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein); Rogue Moon (Algis Budrys); Hothouse (Brian W. Aldiss); The Garden of Time (J. G. Ballard); Something Strange (Kingsley Amis); The Deathbird (Harlan Ellison); The Women Men Don't See (James Tiptree, Jr).

Sources: SFE and wikipedia