IASFM Index (1970s)

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The Big Name First Issue

Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine was one of a number of new science fiction magazines that appeared in the late 70s. It is the only one currently being published. There are a number of factors that likely contributed to this success.

First, Asimov’s name was probably a selling point. However, he was not involved in day to day editorial decisions (those being undertaken by former fanzine editor George Scithers). He did write the magazine editorial and was listed as editorial director.

Second, the edotorial team had previous experience in publishing and fandom.

Third, the publishers (Davis Publications) were already publishing Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine so alreay had a distribution network in place.

The magazine was quarterly in 1977, bi-monthly in 1978 and monthly in 1979. Monthly publication (4-weekly for a period during the 1980s) was maintained until 1996.

FICTION INDEX

Brian W. Aldiss
The Small Stones of Tu Fu……………….March-April 1978

Poul Anderson
Joelle………………………………………Fall 1977

E. Amalia Andujar
Softly Touch the Stranger’s Mind……September-October 1978

Isaac Asimov
Think!…………………………………….Spring 1977
About Nothing………………………………Summer 1977
Sure Thing…………………………………Summer 1977
Good Taste (r)……………………………….Fall 1977
The Missing Item……………………………Winter 1977
True Love…………………………January-February 1978
As Chemist to Chemist(r)…………..November-December 1978
Nothing For Nothing……………………….February 1979
Point of View……………………………….April 1979
The Backward Look………………………..September 1979

Pierce Askegren
Horse Laugh………………………………December 1979

Lowell A. Bangerter
The Fall of the Eisenstein……………………April 1979

Michael A. Banks
Lost and Found (/George Wagner)………….March-April 1978
Horseless Carriage……………………..July-August 1978

Arnie Bateman
A Growing Concern…………………November-December 1978

Ruth Berman
In Spring A Livelier Iris………………….November 1979

Glen M. Bever
Malice in Wonderland………………November-December 1978

Michael Bishop
Cabinet Meeting…………………………….Summer 1977
Storming the Bijou, Mon Amour………………….June 1979

Herb Boehm
Air Raid…………………………………..Spring 1977

Robert Karl Bohm
Twisting the Unicorn’s Tale…………………..April 1979

Jesse Bone
Piece de Resistance……………………….May-June 1978

J. P. Boyd
Hero………………………………………Summer 1977
The First Star……………………November-December 1978

G. Richard Bozarth
Bat Durston, Space Marshal…………September-October 1978

Juleen Brantingham
Where Are You, Stephanie Tobin……………….August 1979

Jon L. Breen
The Last Gothic……………………………January 1979

Grendel Briarton
Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot……Fall 1977
Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot……June 1979
Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot……July 1979
Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot…October 1979
Through Time and Space With Ferdinand Feghoot..December 1979

Mildred Downey Broxon
Singularity………………………………May-June 1978

John Brunner
The Suicide of Man……………………..July-August 1978

F. M. Busby
Backspace………………………………….Winter 1977

Jayge Carr
Sanctuary…………………………………….May 1979

Jack L. Chalker
Dance Band on the Titanic……….July-August 1978

A. Bertram Chandler
No Room in the Stable…………………………Fall 1977
Grimes at Glenrowan…………………….March-April 1978

Robert Chilson
Written in Sand…………………………..December 1979

Lee Chisholm
Someone Else’s House…………………………March 1979

Arthur C. Clarke
Quarantine…………………………………Spring 1977

Jo Clayton
A Bait of Dreams………………………….February 1979
A Thirst for Broken Water……………………..June 1979

Hal Clement
Seasoning(F)……………………..September-October 1978

William E. Cochrane
Minster West…………………………………Fall 1977

Conway Conley
On The Way…………………………….July-August 1978

Arthur Jean Cox
The Spectacles of Jorge Luis Borges…………….July 1979

Keith Davis
Outside………………………………….February 1979

L. Sprague de Camp
Heretic in a Balloon(C)……………………..Winter 1977
The Witches of Manhattan (C)………..January-February 1978

Gordon R. Dickson
Time Storm (A)……………………………..Spring 1977
Across the River (A)………………………..Summer 1977

Jeanne Dillard
The Castaways……………………………..January 1979

Jeff Duntemann
Inevitability Sphere………………September-October 1978

Bill Earls
The Cow in the Cellar……………………..December 1979

George Alec Effinger
The Last Full Measure……………………..May-June 1978
The Pinch-Hitters……………………………..May 1979

Anjala E. A. Elelebe
There are No Wars Words in the Language………….May 1979

Larry Eisenberg
Djinn & Duckworth……………………………March 1979

Phyllis Eisenstein
The Man With the Eye………………November-December 1978

George M. Ewing
QRP……………………………………….Winter 1977

Sharon N. Farber
Born Again……………………………….May-June 1978
From the Lunatech Admissions Committee………November 1979

Jonathan Fast
Kindertotenlieder…………………………..Spring 1977

Julie Flores
Computer Song (poem)…………………………..May 1979

John M. Ford
There Will Be A Sign……………….January-February 1978
On the Q167 File………………….November-December 1978
Double In Brass……………………………..April 1979
L’Envoi………………………………………May 1979
Stone Crucible……………………………..August 1979
The Adventure of the Solitary Engineer……..September 1979
Mandalay (I)………………………………October 1979
The Sapphire As Big As the Marsport Hilton…..November 1979

Alan Dean Foster
Gift of a Useless Man……………………..November 1979

Donald Gaither
Wolf Tracks (poem)………………………..May-June 1978

Randall Garrett
On the Martian Problem………………………Winter 1977
Polly Plus……………………………….May-June 1978
The Bitter End(E)…………………September-October 1978
The Napoli Express(E)………………………..April 1979

Jack Gaughan
One More Time…………………….November-December 1978

Dian Girard
…And Settle Down With a Good Book…………….July 1979

Stephen Goldin
When There’s No Man Around…………………….Fall 1977

Chet Gottfried
The Steel Works…………………………….Summer 1977

Ron Goulart
Garbage…………………………………..January 1979

James Gunn
Guilt……………………………………May-June 1978

Jack C. Haldeman II
Louisville Slugger (B)………………………Summer 1977
Home Team Advantage (B)……………………….Fall 1977
The Thrill of Victory (D)…………..January-February 1978
The Agony of Defeat (D)…………………March-April 1978
Thirty Love………………………September-October 1978
Hear the Crash, Hear the Roar………………December 1979

David J. Hand
Simulacrum………………………………….March 1979

Theresa Harned
A Hideous Splotch of Purple……………..March-April 1978

Robert Lee Hawkins
A Simple Outside Job………………………..Winter 1977

Edward D. Hoch
The Homesick Chicken………………………..Spring 1977

Gary Hood
Through These Portals Dead……………………..May 1979

Linda Isaacs
A Many Splendored Thing……………………….Fall 1977

Frank E. Izzo
Tank……………………………………….March 1979

Ginger Kaderabek
Public Relations……………………….July-August 1978

Joseph Kosiewska
The Quintessence of Galahad Sypher……………..July 1979

Nancy Kress
A Delicate Shade of Kipney………….January-February 1978
Against A Crooked Stile………………………..May 1979

Kerstin Lange
By the Hours in a Day……………..November-December 1978

Keith Laumer
Birthday Pary……………………..January-February 1978

Henry L. Lazarus
The Secret(/Darrell Schweitzer)……………….March 1979

Anne Lear
The Adventure of the Global Traveller.September-October 1978
Mermaid’s Knell……………………………….May 1979

Tanith Lee
The Thaw…………………………………….June 1979

Stephen Leigh
In Darkness Waiting…………………………..Fall 1977
When We Come Down………………………July-August 1978

Frederick Longbeard
Zugg’s Fall………………………………February 1979
A Time for Terror……………………………March 1979
SHAWNA, Ltd……………………………..September 1979            

Barry B. Longyear
The Tryouts(G)……………………November-December 1978
The Second Law(G)………………………….January 1979
Proud Rider(G)……………………………February 1979
Duelling Clowns(G)…………………………..March 1979
The Quest (G)…………………………………May 1979
Priest of the Baraboo (G)……………………..July 1979
Dreams…………………………………….August 1979
Enemy Mine………………………………September 1979
Homecoming………………………………..October 1979
Twist Ending……………………………..November 1979

Eric Loranger
This Isn’t the Way We Did It In Rehearsal………April 1979

Frederick S. Lord, Jr
But Do They Ride Dolphins?………………July-August 1978

Elizabeth A. Lynn
I Dream of a Fish, I Dream of a Bird………….Summer 1977

K. W. MacAnn
Scrap from the Notebooks of
   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe………September-October 1978

Barry Malzberg
The Several Murders of Roger Ackroyd………….Winter 1977
Out of Quarantine(/Bill Pronzini)…..November-December 1978

Dean McLaughlin
The Astronomical Hazards of the Tobacco Habit….Summer 1977
Omit Flowers…………………………………Fall 1977

Gary D. McClellan
Darkside………………………………March-April 1978

Michael A. McCollum
Scoop……………………………………….June 1979

Mark J. McGarry
Back to Byzantium…………………………February 1979

Drew Mendelson
Star Train……………………………….May-June 1978

Melisa Michaels
In the Country of the Blind, No One Can See…..January 1979

Jonathan Milos
C.O.D……………………………………..August 1979

Keith Minnion
On the Midwatch…………………………..November 1979

L. E. Modesitt, Jr
Iron Man, Plastic Ships…………………….October 1979

Jean S. Moore
Degraded!…………………………………October 1979

Larry Niven
Cautionary Tales……………………….July-August 1978
In The Cellar…………………………….February 1979

Paul Novitski
Illusions(/Tony Sarowitz)……………………..June 1979

Patricia Nurse
One Rejection Too Many………………….July-August 1978

Kevin O’Donnell, Jr
Low Grade Ore………………………………Summer 1977
The Dead of Winter…………………………….May 1979
The Raindrop’s Role……………………….November 1979

Garry R. Osgood
To Sin Against Systems………………………Winter 1977
The Last Master of Limericks……….November-December 1978

Leah Palmer
Up-Top Summer…………………………….February 1979

Jay A. Parry
Roboroots……………………………..March-April 1978

Diana L. Paxon
Message to Myself………………………July-August 1978

Peter Payack
The Origins of the Material World (poem)……….April 1979
Wide Open Spaces (poem)………………………April 1979
Rainbow Bridges (poem)………………………..July 1979
The Migration of Darkness (poem)……………..August 1979
The Mover (poem)…………………………..October 1979

Jesse Peel
Heal the Sick, Raise the Dead……………March-April 1978
An Eye For Detail…………………September-October 1978
Solo(/Steve Perry)……………………….September 1979

Steve Perry
Small Talent………………………………….May 1979
Solo(/Jesse Peel)………………………..September 1979
Flamegame………………………………..November 1979

Frederik Pohl
Mars Masked…………………………………March 1979
The Cool War……………………………….August 1979
Like Unto the Locust (Part 1 of 2)………….December 1979

D. C. Poyer
Heat Wave…………………………………..April 1979

Bill Pronzini
Out of Quarantine(/Barry Malzberg)….November-December 1978

Frank Ramirez
The Merchant of Stratford……………………..July 1979

Ted A. Reynolds
Boarder Incident……………………………Winter 1977
The Victor Hours………………….September-October 1978
Ker-Plop………………………………….January 1979

A. Grimm Richardson
Rainy Monsoon (poem)…………………………..May 1979

Mark Ringdahl
The Initiation……………………………….July 1979

E. E. Roberts
The Enumerators…………………..November-December 1978

Sherri Roth
The Fare…………………………………November 1979

Milton Rothman
Prime Crime…………………………………..May 1979
The Eternal Genesis……………………….November 1979

Fred Saberhagen
Period of Totality………………………….Spring 1977

Al Sarrantonio
Ahead of the Joneses…………………………March 1979

Tony Sarowitz
A Child of Penzance……………………….May-June 1978
Illusions(/Paul Novitski)……………………..June 1979

Michael Schimmel
The Man Who Took the Fifth…………………May-June 1978

Stanley Schmidt
Panic…………………………….January-February 1978
A Midsummer Newt’s Dream………………………June 1979

Darrell Schweitzer
The Secret(/Henry L. Lazarus)…………………March 1979

Sally A. Sellers
Perchance To Dream………………………….Spring 1977

Pamela F. Service
Chariot Ruts…………………………..March-April 1978

John Shirley
Two Strangers………………………………Summer 1977

Paula Smith
African Blues……………………..January-February 1978

K. J. Snow
Slush………………………………………..May 1979

Sherwood Springer
The Scorch on Wetzel’s Hill………………….Spring 1977
Lorelei at Storyville West…………………….Fall 1977
Fragger’s Bottom Line…Line…Line ……..July-August 1978

Margaret St. Clair
Places to Crawl Through………………………April 1979

Mary W. Stanton
Ad Astra, Al(poem)………………………..February 1979

Somtow Sucharitkul
A Day in Mallworld (J)……………………..October 1979
The Web Dancer……………………………December 1979

Michael Tennenbaum
A Choice of Weapons……………………….May-June 1978

Cam Thornley
They’ll Do It Every Time……………January-February 1978

William Tuning
Doo-Dah Chemistry…………………………..August 1979

Lisa Tuttle
A Mother’s Heart: A True Bear Story….January-February 1978

Steven M. Tymon
On the Benefits of Programming……………..February 1979

Steve Utley
Time And Hagakure…………………………..Winter 1977

John Varley
Good-Bye, Robinson Crusoe……………………Spring 1977
The Barbie Murders…………………January-February 1978

Sydney J. Van Scyoc
Mountain Wings……………………………November 1979

Joan Vinge
To Bell the Cat…………………………….Summer 1977

George Wagner
Lost and Found (/Michael A. Banks)……….March-April 1978

Skip Wall
Furlough…………………………………November 1979

J. E. Walters
Jenning’s Operative Webster……………….September 1979

Noah Ward*
Fit the Crime…………………………….February 1979

Allen J. Warren
Mass Me Another Question……………………..March 1979

William Jon Watkins
Coming of Age in Henson’s Tube……………….Spring 1977

Sharon Webb
Hitch on the Bull Run(H)………………………June 1979
Itch on the Bull Run(H)……………………..August 1979
Sharing Time in the Gallery………………..November 1979

Edward Wellen
Errata Slip………………………September-October 1978
Errata Slip Number Two…………….November-December 1978

Jack Williamson
Farside Station(F)………………..November-December 1978

F. Paul Wilson
Lipidleggin’……………………………..May-June 1978
To Fill the Sea and Air……………………February 1979

Richard Wilson
The Far King…………………………..March-April 1978

Gene Wolfe
The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholus………December 1979

William F. Wu
On the Shadows of a Phosphor Sheen……………..July 1979
NON-FICTION INDEX

R. N. Bracewell
On Man’s Role in the Galaxy………..September-October 1978

Jon L. Breen
On Science Fiction Detective Stories……………June 1979

Randall Garrett
Leigh Brackett: A Memoir………………..July-August 1978

John M. Ford
On Tabletop Universes………………………..April 1979
On Evenings Beyond the Fields We Know…………..July 1979

James Gunn
On the Road to Science Fiction:
 From Wells to Heinlein…………………….January 1979
On the Road to Science Fiction:
 From Heinlein to Here……………………….March 1979

Ginger Kaderabek
Frank Kelly Freas………………………July-August 1978
Michael Whelan……………………September-October 1978
George Barr………………………November-December 1978
Vincent di Fate……………………………January 1979
Jack Gaughan………………………………..April 1979

Susan J. Kovach
On How Science Happens:
 The Voyager I Discoveries…………………December 1979

Shawna McCarthy
Alex Schomburg……………………………..August 1979

Sandra Miesel
On Commissioned Imaginations………………..October 1979

Milton A. Rothman
Is Physics Finished…………………………..Fall 1977
On Theories and Experiments………..September-October 1978
On the Fundemental Mystery of Physics………September 1979

Tony Rothman
Ivory Tower Meets Middle America…….January-February 1978
On Cosmology (/L. C. Shepley)………………….July 1979

Darrell Schweitzer
On What Really Goes On
 at a Science Fiction Convention……………..August 1979
On Science Fiction Clubs…………………..December 1979

L. C. Shepley
On Cosmology (/Tony Rothman)…………………..July 1979

George O. Smith
On Our Museum: A Preview of the New Smithsonian..Spring 1977
On Kepler, Newton, & Company……………….February 1979

Jack Williamson
Will Academe Kill Science Fiction?……….March-April 1978

Book column
Charles N. Brown……………………………Spring 1977
Charles N. Brown……………………………Summer 1977
Charles N. Brown……………………………..Fall 1977
Charles N. Brown……………………………Winter 1977
Charles N. Brown…………………..January-February 1978
Charles N. Brown……………………….March-April 1978
Charles N. Brown………………………….May-June 1978
Charles N. Brown……………………….July-August 1978
Charles N. Brown………………….September-October 1978
Charles N. Brown………………….November-December 1978
Charles N. Brown…………………………..January 1979
Charles N. Brown…………………………….March 1979
Charles N. Brown…………………………….April 1979
Baird Searles…………………………………May 1979
Baird Searles………………………………..June 1979
Baird Searles………………………………..July 1979
Baird Searles………………………………August 1979
Baird Searles……………………………September 1979
Baird Searles……………………………..October 1979
Baird Searles…………………………….November 1979
Baird Searles…………………………….December 1979

Record Column
Karl M. Olsen…………………………….February 1979

PUZZLES

Martin Gardner
The Doctor’s Dilemma………………………..Spring 1977
Lost on Capra………………………………Summer 1977
Space Pool…………………………………..Fall 1977
Machismo on Byronia…………………………Winter 1977
The Case of the Defective Doyles…….January-February 1978
The Third Dr. Moreau……………………March-April 1978
The Voyage of the Bagel……………………May-June 1978
The Great Ring of Neptune……………….July-August 1978
The Totoids of Dr. Klonefake……….September-October 1978
The Postage Stamps of Philo Tate……November-December 1978
Exploring Carter’s Crater…………………..January 1979
Captain Tittlebaum’s Test………………….February 1979
Pink, Blue and Green…………………………March 1979
Rhe Three Robots of Professor Tinker…………..April 1979
How Bagson Bagged a Board Game………………….May 1979
The Shop on Bedford Street…………………….June 1979
Tanya Tackles Topology………………………..July 1979
The Explosion of Blabbage’s Oracle……………August 1979
Dracula Makes a Martini…………………..September 1979
On Oulipo Algorithms [etc]………………….October 1979
The Erasing of Philbert the Fudger………….November 1979
How Crock and Watkins Cracked a Code………..December 1979
COVER ARTISTS

Paul Alexander
January-February 1978

George Barr
November-December 1978
October 1979 for “Homecoming”

Vincent Di Fate
May-June 1978
January 1979
September 1979 for “Enemy Mine”
November 1979 for “The Eternal Genesis”

Frank Kelly Freas
Winter 1977
July-August 1978

Jack Gaughan
March-April 1978
February 1979
April 1979
May 1979

Karl Kofoed
June 1979 for “A Thirst for Broken Water”
July 1979 for “Priest of the Baraboo”

Alex Schomburg
March 1979
August 1979 for “Dreams”
December 1979

Michael Whelan
September-October 1978

(C) The Great Fetish
(E) Lord Darcy
(F) Medea: Harlan’s World (“shared world” series)
(G) Circus World
(H) Terra Tarkington
(I) Alternaties Corporation
(J) Mallworld
*   pseudonym

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