Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories was an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback. It was published, with some interruptions, for almost eighty years. Originally referred to as "The magazine of scientifiction", it was the first magazine devoted solely to sf. Before Amazing, sf stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction. The letter columns in Amazing, where fans could make contact with each other, led to the formation of sf fandom, which in turn had a strong influence on the development of the field.

In its first two years Amazing used a great many reprints of stories by H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe (considered by Gernsback to be the founding fathers of SF) alongside more recent pulp stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Garrett P. Serviss, Abraham Merritt and Murray Leinster. The artwork of Frank R. Paul was also a distinctive feature in this period. Original material began to appear in greater quantity in 1927/8, when Miles J. Breuer, David H. Keller and Jack Williamson published their first stories in Amazing. Space Opera made a spectacular advent when the first Buck Rogers story, Armageddon – 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan appeared in the same issue that E. E. "Doc" Smith's The Skylark of Space began serialization.

Other notable contributions included Marion Zimmer Bradley's first Darkover novella, The Planet Savers, Harlan Ellison's first sf novel, The Sound of the Scythe (later revised as The Man with Nine Lives), and Roger Zelazny's Nebula-winning He Who Shapes (later expanded as The Dream Master). Amazing also saw regular contributions from the likes of Harlan Ellison, John Jakes, Robert Silverberg, Randall Garrett, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Richard Matheson and Theodore Sturgeon, amongst others.

Sources: SFE and wikipedia.