Analog is an American science fiction and fact magazine. First published in 1930 in the United States, it was a pulp magazine known as Astounding Stories. Since then, it has undergone several name changes. In 1938 it was known as Astounding Science-Fiction, then in 1960 it was “Analog Science Fact & Fiction.” Finally in November 1992, there was a change in logo and the term “Fact & Fiction” was changed to “Fiction and Fact”; bringing it to its current name, “Analog Science Fiction and Fact.”
It was recently incorporated into the library of the International Space Station and is today considered the longest running continuously published magazine in the genre of science fiction and fact. The editor of the magazine is Trevor Quachri, and it is published under Dell Magazines, a division of Penny Publications, LLC.
Analog is considered as the magazine where science fiction grew up. When Editor John W. Campbell took over in 1938, he was not happy with only writings of gadgetry and action, so he urged his contributing writers to write about how changes in science and technology will develop in the future, thus affecting the lives of humans as we know it. This new style of writing made this magazine the undisputed leader in the field.
Because the old title “Astounding” seemed to make little sense after the change in content, Campbell chose “Analog” because he believed each story to be an analog simulation of a possible future. Also, the name change was in part due to the close analogy that he saw between the stories of science that were being published and the real sciences that were being formulated in the laboratories around the world.
Writers are always encouraged to be as real in their writings as they can possibly get. In fact, during World War II before the Hiroshima incident, one of the stories published described the atomic bomb so accurately that FBI agents thought that there was a leak and even visited John Campbell. However, it only turned out to be an attentive, forward-thinking writers’ view. The magazine has encouraged articles on the startling potentials of nanotechnology, one of which was by nanotech pioneer K. Eric Drexler.
Analog has been home to many science fiction world-class writers and stories. Few of the prominent names are Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Spider Robinson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Michael F. Flynn. The magazine has a long standing tradition of discovering and cultivating fresh talent.
With an Analog magazine subscription you will receive a pleasing mix of fascinating stories portraying real people having potentially real futures, which can either be terrifying, or exhilarating, or both. The magazine also offers fact based articles and columns featuring real trends in science and society. The letter column features reviews of new books and an ongoing dialog with readers. Keeping the underlying philosophy the same, the magazine generates solidly entertaining stories digging into well-conceived inquisitive ideas, while maintaining the freshness of the stories.
Today, you can take an Analog magazine digital subscription along with you in the cloud using your mobile device. The Analog digital magazine has seen more sales in the last few years as compared to the print version. Many prefer the digital version over the print now, because there is no hassle of carrying around heavy paper magazines. The digital magazine gives better flexibility to the publisher in terms of prices, content and subscriptions. With popular newsstands offering attractive apps and appreciative rates, publishers are able to offer competitive subscription rates. Be a part of this new digital revolution that also helps conserve the diminishing resources of the environment. Evoke the exploratory spirit in you for all that is science fiction, and the facts associated with it.
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