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Amazing Stories , the magazine of scientification , was the first publication dedicated solely to the science fiction genre. The magazine was founded in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback, widely acknowledged as the father of science fiction-the genre's prestigious Hugo Award was named for him.

The magazine started as a bedsheet sized pulp issued every month by Gernsbacks Experimenter Publishing Company. It was the fiction companion to Science and Invention which was closer to Popular Science published today.

Gernsback encountered financial difficulties in 1929 and lost control of the company. The magazine went through a succession of editors and owners. In 1933, the magazine changed to standard pulp format. It was sold to Ziff-Davis in 1939 who installed Ray Palmer as editor.

Palmer adopted a different editorial philosophy, and abandoned the scientific fidelity strived for by Gernsback, and enforced by Campbell who took over Astounding at about the same time. Palmer emphasized science adventure, and produced stories on the cheap by employing a stable of writers.

The magazine changed to digest format in 1953 and after several name changes, settled on Amazing Science Fiction Stories. The 1960s was a confusing period when the magazine reverted mostly to reprints, and had a succession of editors, including Joseph Ross, Harrison, Silverberg, Maltzberg and others.

Early Amazing Stories used a large number of reprints by venerable writers such as Verne and Wells. In the late 1920s, enough writers migrated to the genre that mostly original stories were published. A Merritt, Murray Leinster, and Jack Williamson were early contributors, with Williamsons first sale made to Amazing. Frank Paul produced distinctive artwork for many early covers, and continued with back covers well into the 1940s.

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