N.H. plan to resurrect ‘Amazing Stories’ sci-fi magazine meets crowd funding goal

  • The cover of the first “Amazing Stories” magazine in 1926 (left) and the cover art drawn by Frank Wu for the first issue of the online “Amazing Stories” in 2014. Courtesy—Amazing Stories

Monitor staff
Monday, April 09, 2018

A Kickstarter push to pay for print editions of Amazing Stories science fiction magazine has succeeded, reports Steve Davidson, the New Hampshire man who snagged the trademark in 2008 and has been hosting an online version since.

“Just wanted to let you know that the Kickstarter funded with 4 minutes to go (two large anonymous contributions),” he wrote over the weekend, crediting a Monitor story in February for some of the success.

Davidson said the first issue will be distributed at Worldcon76 in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 16-20.

Amazing Stories launched in 1926 as the world’s first publication devoted to what is now called science fiction. The print magazine died in the 1980s and never came back to life despite efforts by several owners.

Davidson bought the name in 2008 after finding out that the trademark had lapsed and has turned it into an online publication, but efforts to pay for a print version have foundered.

He is involved in disputes over use of the Amazing Stories name in broadcasting. It was the title of a short-lived science fiction show in the 1980s and director Steven Spielberg is working with Apple TV to recreate it for that online video service.