In the 30s, ASF was just another sf adventure prozine, though it did have high points like Murray Leinster's "Sidewise in Time" and a number of stories by Don A. Stuart which made it the leader in the field. That changed, when John W. Campbell was hired as editor in 1937 and by the end of 1938 he was publishing a markedly higher grade of sf.
And it got better. Starting in 1939, Campbell discovered and published work by new writers such as Heinlein, Asimov, de Camp, van Vogt and Clement as well as some of the greatest works of earlier writers such as Jack Williamson, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore and others. Modern SF grew out of those roots.
In the 50s and 60s, ASF appeared somewhat tired, partly because the competition has so improved, and partly because Campbell had become a bit of a crank, pushing silly pseudoscience (Psi, the Dean Drive, Dianetics, Hieronymus Machines, etc.) along with sf.
After Campbell's death, Ben Bova took over as editor and reinvigorated the magazine without changing its basic identity. Stanley Schmidt continued the tradition, but ASF now seems to be caught in the general shrinkage which has diminished all of the prozines.
|Jan, 1930||Harry Bates||Astounding Stories of Super-Science first published by Clayton|
|Feb, 1931||Harry Bates||Retitled Astounding Stories|
|Oct, 1933||Harry Bates||Now published by Street & Smith|
|Dec, 1933||F. Orlin Tremaine||New editor|
|Dec, 1937||John W. Campbell||New editor|
|Mar 1938||John W. Campbell||Retitled Astounding Science-Fiction|
|Nov 1943||John W. Campbell||Switch to digest size.|
|Aug 1959||John W. Campbell||Now published by Conde Nast|
|Feb 1960||John W. Campbell||Title begins to change to Analog Science Fact/Science Fiction|
|Oct 1960||John W. Campbell||Title change to Analog Science Fact/Science Fiction complete|
|Mar 1963||John W. Campbell||Switch to large size.|
|Apr 1965||John W. Campbell||Return to digest size.|
|Jan 1972||Ben Bova||New editor|
|Dec 1978||Stanley Schmidt||New editor|
|1980||Stanley Schmidt||Now published by Davis Publications|
|1992||Stanley Schmidt||Now published by Dell Magazines (later Penny Publications|
Astounding (ASF) changed its name to Analog (or, more properly, Analog Science Fiction and Fact in 1960. (Campbell had always disliked the name "Astounding" and had planned on dropping it in 1938, but was forestalled when another (short-lived) magazine used his planned name of "Science Fiction".)
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